Stefanie believes that the relationship between a therapist and client is the most important part of the healing process and that therapy should be a place where we feel safe to be our truest selves. Stefanie creates a safe therapeutic setting by being nonjudgmental, validating, and affirming; however, she also gently challenges clients when appropriate. She loves to laugh and brings humor into therapy whenever possible. Stefanie utilizes a trauma-informed, person-centered approach and is Phase 1 trained in Brainspotting. She understands that clients know themselves better than anyone else and believes that they should be in the driver’s seat during the therapy process. Stefanie also recognizes that all areas of life impact our mental health and wellbeing and views client concerns through an intersectional lens of racial and social justice and feminism.
Stefanie’s background includes approximately 1 year working at a mental health crisis residence and 6 years working with adolescents and young adults as a mental health skills worker. She has experience working with a wide range of diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Stefanie is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, those with religious trauma, and individuals ages 18 to 25.
Stefanie is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and is under the supervision of Kate West (MSW, LICSW) while completing her internship.