Hello and welcome. My name is Stephanie Gardner and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I believe in creating a safe, trusting and non-judgmental space for my clients to discuss their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Often people seek therapy when they feel distress, hopelessness, or are feeling overwhelmed due to a particular event which is occurring. In these times, people know why they are coming to therapy, and are seeking to understand and learn to overcome these feelings.
Sometimes, however, we do not know the specific reason that we are not feeling well. Are you feeling unhappy, stressed, isolated, unable to focus? Do you notice that you are not acting the same, or are you having difficulty experiencing a joyful life?
I can help find you find that understanding you are seeking. Despite you not knowing the reasons, I will help you process your feelings and help you deepen your understanding of yourself in order to make needed changes in your life. I will help you overcome obstacles which are interfering with your quality of life. Life is difficult, and I am here to help you find new coping skills, and to help you find relief from your pain.
I work with teens, and adults who cope with life through:
Staying on Gaurd
Avoiding situtations that may trigger you
I understand that these behaviors are much more than you, and are a result of a much bigger picture.
I have been a social worker for over 14 years and have worked extensively with people experiencing PTSD, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and my Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago. I have been trained in a variety of treatment modalities to include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy. My particular focus is on safety, trust, power, control, esteem and intimacy as these are all areas that can be affected by traumatic experiences.
After treatment with me you will regain a new level of skills to be able to take with you that will last a lifetime. You will feel heard, and validated, and will walk away with a new sense of power and self esteem.
I would love to help you identify any barriers or negative thought patterns that might be holding you back from living the type of life you want. Change is possible! I can not wait to meet you and walk beside you on your journey for change!
I would love to share the wisdom, skills, and knowledge to you to help you create the life you deserve to have. Please call today to inquire!