Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker in Washington State. She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Savannah State University and her bachelor’s degree is in Special Education from the University of Mississippi. Stephanie’s professional background involves working in an outpatient setting with homeless adults and youths with severe and persistent mental illnesses, as well as working in her own private practice working with children ages 3- 12 years old.
For 3 years, Stephanie also worked and managed a psychiatrist residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. Stephanie previously was the Clinical Manager of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center working with adolescents, teens, and families with eating disorders.
She is currently working within the Issaquah School District as a School Based Mental Health Therapist through Swedish Hospital. Stephanie has received postgraduate training in Play Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EFFT (Emotion Focused Family Therapy), crisis management, Family Based Therapy, as well as anxiety and depression management. She also has 2.5 years of studies with behavior management and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Stephanie is passionate about walking alongside individuals in the recovery process and empowering them to take steps towards healing. Stephanie is well versed and trained in several therapeutic techniques and has a compassionate and approachable demeanor. She specializes in trauma, attachment, and significant behavior challenges. Stephanie frequently draws from play therapy and takes on a collaborative role with her clients to investigate and discover the role in which cultural, familial, and personal narratives are having in one’s life.
She is driven by her focus on building each client’s strength, as well as giving her clients firm guidelines, routine, and dependability to foster self-determination, all within a trauma informed care scope.