"The Meaning of Life is to Find Your Gift. The Purpose of Life is to Give it Away." Pablo Picasso
After 5 years advocating for victims of domestic violence at Safe On Seven of the Safe Relationships Division at Family Services, Inc., located at the Forsyth County Hall of Justice (2011-2016), Stéphanie embarked on a truly transformational journey at the Wake Forest University graduate program of Clinical Mental Health Counseling where she received her Master of Arts in Counseling (2014-2017). From 2016 to 2018, Stéphanie worked with colleagues to develop and run Eliza's Helping Hands, Inc. domestic violence and counseling program, which she named the C.A.R.E. program (Creating Access to Relationship Enhancement). The Summer of 2016,
Stéphanie conducted her practicum experience at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she provided Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to trauma patients with risky substance use issues.
Stéphanie completed her graduate internship at PQA Healthcare, Inc. providing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), including crisis intervention and suicide prevention, case management, medication management support, psychosocial and psychiatric rehabilitation, individual, couple, family, career and addiction counseling to individuals with severe and persistent co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders (Aug. 2016-May 2017). From counseling intern to Qualified Mental Health Professional and ACT Team psychotherapist, Stéphanie worked diligently to provide the best psychotherapy and Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) to her individual clients & Dual Diagnosis therapy group members until March 2019.
Stéphanie became a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHC-A) November 2017. Since May 2018, Stéphanie has also practiced under her Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) credential. Her areas of expertise revolve around all aspects of domestic violence victimization (i.e. emergency & crisis intervention, emergency and permanent housing, community and court advocacy, financial and career counseling, grief and domestic violence counseling as well as support group & group counseling), while her graduate training and clinical experiences have widened her scope of competence, practice and expertise to mood, anxious, obsessive-compulsive, post-traumatic, personality and substance use disorders.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC #13588) | North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)
Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate (LCAS-A#24441) | North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCBSAPP)
PLLC License (SAFE-62O6XG) (NCBLCMHC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC-885834) | National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
First Aid and CPR | American Heart Association (AHA)