Stephanie is a registered art therapist and aspiring play therapist with a passion for working with children and adolescents, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and in schools. She has plurennial experience working with people of all ages (from 4 to 80!), treating issues stemming from depression, anxiety, substance use, and trauma, as well as adjustment and life change issues. Stephanie works with her clients from a strengths-based approach, helping them build from their natural talents and interests to find their best selves. As a child therapist, Stephanie approaches a child’s concerns with the utmost respect, knowing that the issues they bring to the table are important and deserving of acknowledgement and validation. Stephanie will also work with parents to help demystify the therapeutic process and bridge communication and rapport with their children. Stephanie earned her MA in psychology (marriage & family therapy / art therapy) from Phillips Graduate University after living and working overseas in Italy for nearly a decade; these experiences, alongside her childhood as a first-generation Filipina-American, helped strengthen her compassion and insight towards other cultural and economic backgrounds, influencing her decision to pursue therapy as a career. Stephanie understands the importance of representation in the therapy space, and hopes to not only serve as an example of what is possible for the underrepresented, but to also help children and teens find their own voice. Stephanie will work with your child or teen to process their feelings and experiences and foster their growth with compassion, dedication, and perhaps a smidgin of humor.