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.

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I love to share inspiration, quotes and helpful articles with you through my social media.

It is a place for us to connect through shared experiences and the goal of creating healthy relationships and a life that feels fulfilling.

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A little encouragement goes a long way!

Can you identify your attachment style? Awareness around this is key to understanding your relationships and at the core of the work I do with my couples in therapy.#happylife #happymarriage #happyrelationship #attachmentstyles [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less

Can you identify your attachment style? Awareness around this is key to understanding your relationships and at the core of the work I do with my couples in therapy.

I share this statement with my clients often. It’s better to say no or share uncomfortable feelings, then feel resentful about saying yes or holding your feelings in. Give it a try!On this week’s episode of "Unlocking Us," I dug in with my sisters, Ashley and Barrett, on Guidepost #1 from "The Gifts of Imperfection": Cultivating Authenticity. Before I started doing my research, I always thought of people as being either authentic or inauthentic. Authenticity was simply a quality that you had or that you were lacking. I think that’s the way most of us use the term: “She’s a very authentic person.”

But as I started immersing myself in the research, I realized that, like many desirable ways of being, authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It’s a practice — a conscious choice of how we want to live.

And there is no authenticity without boundaries. This is tough for those of us who were raised to believe that being liked and keeping people comfortable are more important than our own self-worth or self-respect.

My mantra in those tough moments: “Choose discomfort over resentment.” I’d rather ten minutes of discomfort than the quiet, soul-sucking fury that comes with an uninspired, dishonest, “Sure. No problem . . . asshole.” spoti.fi/UnlockingUs
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I share this statement with my clients often. It’s better to say no or share uncomfortable feelings, then feel resentful about saying yes or holding your feelings in. Give it a try!

Good advice! As I like to say, just be with them right where they are. ... See MoreSee Less

Good advice!  As I like to say, just be with them right where they are.
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