One of my favorite parts of being a therapist is seeing adolescents and their families develop healthy, supportive, and loving connections. I love being a part of each teen's process of learning about themselves and finding their path of creating more resilience, confidence, emotional stability, relationship connections, and healthier minds.
Master of Social Work, University of Utah
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Utah
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR
Stephanie is known for developing a safe, authentic, and grounded relationship with each student and family she works with. Stephanie believes in constructing a creative, yet challenging and motivating, space for students to explore their core issues and strengths. She aids her students in adapting and developing coping skills, to practice emotional identification and regulation, and to repair and strengthen healthy relationships with family and peers.
Stephanie recommends that parents read The Parallel Process, Parenting From the Inside Out, and Brave Parenting.
Stephanie has been interested and working in the helping field since she was an adolescent herself. She started by volunteering with children with learning differences and volunteering with after school programs. Eventually as an undergraduate, she volunteered abroad on 3 different 6-month placements working with displaced children and families and youth who come from struggling home environments.
Stephanie has been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 2011 in residential treatment, wilderness therapy programs, outpatient settings, and youth crisis services. She first started working in this field as a wilderness staff, therapist assistant, then a therapist. Stephanie’s professional expertise includes the following: treating anxiety, depression, trauma, academic traumas, low self-esteem, and students who struggle developing and maintaining relationships. Stephanie has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing. Because of her passion and genuinely warm-hearted approach to therapy, Stephanie is easily able to build rapport and trust with her clients.
Stephanie loves being in the outdoors especially when she is able to get into the backcountry. Slowing down and appreciating the beauty Mother Nature offers helps her refocus. She enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling, gardening, reading, exploring with her dog Lewis, and spending backyard time with friends and family.
Creating Student Success
Stephanie strives to enrich and empower the lives of her students and their families for long-term success. Stephanie values and works hard to identify and highlight the strengths of each student and family dynamic she works with. She strives to empowers her students to advocate for themselves and problem solve so they gain a sense of control over their situation and ultimately their own life. When students become ready to transition from Gateway, they will have many struggles which have been overcome and an abundance of successes they can rely on. The support of the team around them creates momentum to prepare them to take on the next step.