Stephanie received her Master's Degree in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Prior to working at DCTC, Stephanie was the Counseling Director for a Dallas-based non-profit agency helping those affected by commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Stephanie has led numerous therapy groups including sexual abuse therapy groups in the local juvenile detention centers.
Stephanie specializes in treating any type of emotional or sexual trauma, anxiety-based disorders, PTSD, depression, couples, addiction, family members of addicts and alcoholics, and dissociative disorders. Stephanie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized to treat anxiety-based disorders including PTSD and emotional/sexual trauma. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Stephanie is skilled in working with couples to help reduce friction and improve communication. She has been trained in the Prepare and Enrich curriculum which is a specific type of therapy geared toward couples. She is experienced in working with LGBTQ individuals and couples. Stephanie has a deep appreciation for the first responder community.
Through her husband, a former firefighter and EMT, she became well acquainted with the second family, the courage, loyalty and the difficult things seen and encountered that came along with being in that field of work. Stephanie utilizes EMDR as an effective tool for those that have had a recent incident that has been unsettling, and for those events that may be impacting their personal life and how they handle their job over time.
In her free time, Stephanie loves going on long distance runs and spending time with her husband, two children, and rescue boxer-mix named Maebe.
Stephanie is a member of The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Approved Consultant who provides consultation and ongoing education to other EMDR trained therapists. She authored therapeutic curriculum entitled Refuge: Abuse Support for Teens which she has utilized to treat adolescents recovering from sexual abuse. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor providing supervision to newly licensed clinicians.
Stephanie has spoken at many key conferences and agencies, with the intent to equip professionals to provide trauma-informed care for those affected by abuse and trafficking. She has provided education to police, CPS, attorneys, churches, and mental health clinicians on skills to identify sex trafficking victims. Stephanie has also provided continuing education therapists on DSM dissociative diagnoses. She has been a consultant for therapists both nationally and internationally assisting them to implement counseling programs in their local organization/non-profits to effectively help individuals that have been sexually abused or sex-trafficked.