Allow me to introduce Stephanie Smith, NCC, LPC, a compassionate and skilled therapist who holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Governors State University. With a specialization in marriage, couple, and family counseling, Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice.
Stephanie is a Level 1 certified practitioner in the Gottman Couples Method, which equips her with effective tools and strategies to support couples in their journey towards healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Her experience extends to working with couples from diverse backgrounds, abilities, and LGBTQ+ couples, creating an inclusive and affirming space for all.
In addition to her work with couples, Stephanie has extensive experience working with children, teenagers, and families navigating through challenging situations such as grief, divorce, anxiety, work stress, and life transitions. She believes in the importance of cultural diversity and is passionate about working with clients from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, ensuring that therapy is sensitive to their unique perspectives and experiences. Stephanie is also LGBTQ+ affirming, fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Stephanie’s therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from multiple modalities such as client-centered therapy, Gottman Couples Method, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Adlerian therapy, and Narrative therapy. She understands that each client is unique and tailors her approach to meet their specific needs. Stephanie incorporates expressive arts, including painting and writing, as well as elements of play therapy to engage clients of all ages and encourage self-expression.
One of Stephanie’s key goals is to help clients improve their self-perception and enhance their relationships with others. She empowers clients by teaching them how to recognize and articulate their emotions and experiences effectively, enabling them to communicate their needs and desires more clearly.
Whether you’re facing relationship challenges, family issues, stress, or anxiety, Stephanie is dedicated to standing by your side and providing unwavering support. She believes that you are the expert of your own life, and her role is to collaborate with you, helping you reach your desired goals and regain the confidence to navigate life’s complexities.