Stephanie is a registered associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT), supervised by Dr. Thomas Lucking. Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Stephanie has extensive experience working with a variety of populations, including individuals, adolescence, families, domestic violence survivors, and the LGBTQ+ population. As a previous childhood educator, she is very knowledgeable in working with children, improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.
Stephanie has a specialty working with Neurodiverse couples. She works under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD who is a published author, speaker, and expert in the field of Neurodiversity. Stephanie supports NT partners who are struggling with OTRS (Ongoing Traumatic Relationship Syndrome). She uses the Island of Shared meaning model that Dr. Lucking created to support ND relationships and partners to bridge the Neurodiverse gap that these relationships struggle with.
She is compassionate, supportive, diverse, and culturally sensitive. Stephanie knows how crucial it is to have access to mental health services that are sensitive to cultural differences. She has developed a specialty in treating depression, low self-esteem, anxiety disorders, emerging adulthood issues, ADHD and PTSD. Stephanie uses EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)to help clients process complex trauma in a way that is tailored to their unique situation.
Stephanie helps clients navigate through life’s challenges by providing techniques, resources, and individualized treatment plans that strengthen them to move forward. She strives to meet each client where they are on their journey and will use a therapeutic approach better suited for that client’s needs. She believes in the importance of a therapeutic alliance and provide a safe space where clients can feel heard, empowered and supported.
Stephanie also serves as an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University where she teaches mental health counseling courses. Her biggest accomplishment and joy is being part of her students’ journey as they flourish into great clinicians.
Languages: English, Spanish
Clients: Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, Parents, Families, Groups
Modalities: Trauma informed Therapy, Psychodynamic, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),Narrative Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method
- Telehealth (video / audio)
- Los Angeles Walk and Talk
Practice Areas & Issues Treated
- Autism Spectrum behavioral needs
- Trauma PTSD
- Attachment issues
- Family stressors
- Communication skills
- Relational Issues
- Identity development
- Behavior management
- Burnout and stress management
- Cross cultural Issues
- Acculturation and adjustment
- Grief and Loss
- Domestic Violence
- Parenting burnout
Stephanie has made a world of difference for our son and family
– KO therapy client
Stephanie has been more than a therapist to me - she prioritizes her clients as if they were family
“Stephanie has been more than a therapist to me.She has been with me helping me get through one of the hardest experiences in my life.She guided me and comfort me in many crisis.She is a great listener.She is caring, loving and most definitely passionate about her job. She prioritizes her clients as if they were family.She is dedicated and a future expert in her field.”
– NH therapy client