I have spent much of my life seeking a way to blend a deep desire to help people with my need for creative practices. A love of stories led to studies in English and then teaching Rhetoric and Writing at the college level. While I enjoyed crafting language and analyzing texts, engaging with my students was most fulfilling. Time spent in Women Writing for (a) Change circles showed me the healing power of creative writing. I learned to facilitate groups that were highly therapeutic and decided to go a step further by becoming a therapist. Art therapy allows me to help people find healing through compassionate creativity. A thesis focused on eco-art therapy and subsequent training with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine round out my approach.
I have experience working across the age range and with a variety of needs. I am particularly interested in helping people cope with trauma, loss, and life transitions. I also enjoy working with military families. As a military spouse and mother, I understand the challenges of impermanence, how frequent moves and deployments disrupt family dynamics.
Master of Science, Art Therapy and Counseling Eastern Virginia Medical School and Master of Arts, English Old Dominion University.
Stephanie is licensed in the state of Washington.