Stephanie Smith, MS

Psychology Today

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Longwood University in 2007 and her Master of Science degree in mental health counseling at Capella University in 2015. She is currently fulfilling her residency requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

Stephanie specializes in children and adolescents with a broad range of mental health conditions, emotional issues, and behavioral disorders including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, anger management, bipolar disorder, OCD, borderline personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Stephanie enjoys borrowing techniques from a variety of therapies including Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Reality Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Her fundamental understanding of human beings that influences her therapy most is the belief that all human beings do the best they can with what they have been given in life. 

While Stephanie enjoys elements of cognitive and behavioral therapies the most, primarily involving aspects like refuting irrational thoughts and re-framing cognitive distortions, her theoretical orientation and therapeutic framework is very person-centered and humanistic. Her view of humanity is that we are not victims of circumstance and instead can create the futures we want and that our power to do so lies in how we respond to challenges and difficulties. 

When Stephanie is not working, she enjoys reading voraciously, writing novels and memoirs, seeing live music, taking Zumba classes, meditating, and doing yoga.