Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M at Commerce and continued on to obtain a Master's Degree in Counseling. Prior to joining DCTC, Stephanie worked at an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility providing intensive services to individuals and families struggling with addiction and emotional trauma. Before returning to school for her Master's Degree, Stephanie was a teacher for 11 years to elementary and middle school aged children.
Stephanie has experience treating adolescents, adults and couples and specializes in emotional and sexual trauma, depression, addiction, Bipolar Disorder, mood disorders, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety and depression. She is trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) which is a proven form of treatment for individuals struggling with controlling their overwhelming emotions and unhealthy communication styles. Stephanie is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized to treat anxiety-based disorders including PTSD, emotional/sexual trauma, and negative beliefs about oneself. She also employs mindfulness skills to help individuals learn to live in the moment instead of worrying about the future or obsessing about the past.
Stephanie has experience providing marital or couples counseling involving issues such as infidelity, resentment, communication and addiction. She is a Prepare and Enrich facilitator and also trained in the Gottman Method of couples counseling. She employs similar skills to help families learn healthier communication styles. She is comfortable treating the LGBTQ population including individual and couples counseling as well as sexual identity. Stephanie also offers Christian-based counseling for individuals who prefer this form of therapy but she does not utilize it unless specifically requested.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren and her dog, Jenni, a Poodle Havanese Mix. Stephanie has a blended family with six children including one who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.