Have you suffered from a significant loss in your life? Do you have feelings of denial, anger, or even depression? Do seemingly random events frequently trigger these feelings? Are you wanting to understand your feelings and learn how to overcome your grief without feeling guilt for moving on? Grief can be overly complicated and affect our emotions on a daily basis. Whether we are grieving from the death of a loved one, a change in a relationship, loss of a job, dealing with the health of you or someone you love, or any other change in our life, we can often struggle with triggers that affect our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It is important to understand that grief affects everyone in a different way. Grief symptoms can influence our emotional, physical, social, or spiritual well-being.
My hope is to help my clients understand the stages of grief, identify the stage that they are in, and work towards a healing process in order to improve their ability to cope and continue their lives in a healthy way. I approach my clients with the same care and respect that I would expect from a counselor. My approach is to utilize both Biblical truth and researched-based therapy treatment that is going to work best for you. I am here to listen, support and help to assist and facilitate coping strategies that will be effective in your healing.
Stephanie is a registered mental health counselor intern in the state of Florida. She has many years of experience working with children and their families within the school setting, and has also worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a behavioral mental health facility, as well as throughout community settings. Stephanie has earned her Grief and Loss Specialist certification and her Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist certification through the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Stephanie has served on the board of directors for West Central Florida Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) since 2012, and currently serves as its president. Stephanie’s experience in working with Law Enforcement and their families, who have experienced trauma from their jobs, or the loss of an officer, has encouraged her to want to work with children, families, and all first responders in coping with their grief and trauma. Her passion, also, comes from her work in the schools and seeing how grief and trauma affects students in their ability to relate to other children, as well as their academic functioning.
In her personal life, Stephanie has been married for over 20 years, and has 4 children. Stephanie and her family have been faced with many challenges of their own, and she believes that some of her own struggles have helped her to become who she is today. She has learned that by focusing on the positive helps to strengthen her overall outlook on life. Stephanie has learned that positive change comes from a healthy counseling approach.