About Me, and My Work With You
Hello, I’m Stephanie, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Owner of Renewed Relationships Counseling Group. I became a therapist because I experienced first-hand the profound difference that therapy can make.
Self-awareness and having relationships that feel secure and connected creates a solid base from which you can take on the world more easily.
As your therapist it is my job to ensure that I am working effectively, using the latest research and training to help you make positive changes in your life. I take my role seriously, and continually work to ensure that I am honing my skills to best meet your needs.
Our work together can lead to healing, improved relationships and living a life you never imagined was possible.
Whether you are looking for individual or couples counseling, I have got you covered with specialized training, and a safe and confidential online office where you will feel heard, understood and challenged.
Becoming a Therapist
I graduated with my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, a school that I chose for its emphasis on diversity, which is invaluable in my work as a therapist.
I currently supervise therapists in training and teach couples therapy at the Southern California Counseling Center, where I completed my 3,000 hours of training. This amazing counseling center provides low-cost mental health care to the community and is one of the best training centers in California.
My work style is based in psychodynamic theory, which means that I believe our past experiences and relationships influence our current struggles. To continue to learn and grow as a psychodynamic therapist, I participate in continuing education opportunities and trainings across the country.
With my couples, I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy, which many studies show to be the most effective form of couples therapy. I am a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and attend advanced trainings throughout the year.
An important part of my work as a therapist is helping those in distress. In order to most effectively treat patients dealing with trauma, I completed the LAISPS Trauma Training program, received specialized training in the Community Resiliency Model and in Critical Incident Stress Management through Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I respond to crisis situations on an on-call basis to provide immediate support to those affected in our community.
My practice emphasizes seeing clearly, promoting personal growth, and experiencing inner peace and calm.
- Seeing Clearly – Let’s work together to see your life from many different perspectives, not just one old, rigid view. Change begins when we more clearly “see” ourselves from the inside out.
- Personal Growth – This is the main goal of our therapeutic process. Growth heals your old wounds and creates space for positive new beginnings.
- Inner Peace and Calm – Our inner state sets the tone for how we are in the world and relationships. The more we come from a calm and centered place, the healthier our relationships are.