Hi, my name is Stephanie!
I'm an empath! Empaths are highly sensitive individuals who are attuned to the emotions and energies of others. For as long as I can remember, I've had a natural ability to connect with people and to put myself in their shoes.
My fascination with the human experience led me to receive my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Human Sexuality from California State University Northridge in 2017.
From there, I received my Masters of Science in Counseling from California State University Long Beach in 2019.
In June 2020, I created my title 'The Professional Friend.' I felt it describes me perfectly.
Aside from my background in working with people and natural empathic intuition, I also have my own personal mental health story that has influenced who I am as a person.
I consider myself a mental health warrior and advocate. I have personal experience dealing with social & generalized anxiety, seasonal & major depression, obsessive/intrusive thoughts, trauma, and self-harm.
I’m passionate about normalizing and initiating conversations surrounding mental health and human sexuality.
I'm comfortable and easy to talk to about anything related to being human.
You can talk and I can listen; just as a good friend would.
Thank you for reading!
For me, Stephanie has always been there. It has always been easy to open and share my inner world with her. She helps unscramble what I'm feeling, offers solutions for me to consider, and walks me through any hesitancy or discomfort I may feel. By the end of the phone call, I feel like I've gained some calm and clarity. On the hard days, she still leaves me with hope and connection. When you share with Stephanie, you know she is not judging you because you can feel that from her. She is so understanding and has a way of making you feel less alone in this busy and opinionated world. Thank you Stephanie!
Female Client, 31 yrs old
Stephanie has been the friend I always needed! I am an actor and, that being said, not the best at organizing my own personal life. Stephanie has been the best; helping me with how to schedule my auditions, making my resume perfect, and even being there if I need help filming a quick audition tape. Thanks again Stephanie!!!
Male Client, 28 yrs old
I've known Stephanie for 3 years now and she's been one of the greatest supports in my life. She has always made me feel welcomed and safe when I came to her for advice; that is what makers her such a good friend. She's warm and non-judgmental which has allowed me to really lean on her when I need it. Years ago, and now more recently, I was able to come to her with questions about my sexuality. Her background and education in that field mixed with her caring demeanor made the conversation so easy and I left feeling more confident and with a weight off my shoulders.
Female Client, 26 yrs old
Stephanie has always been someone that I knew would give me the real truth that I had to hear. As someone with mental health issues, I never once felt that she judged me any less for speaking my mind. There was always a feeling of understanding and empathy during our conversations.
Male Client, 26 yrs old
As someone who can be ultra-sensitive and extremely closed off at times, it can be difficult for me to truly express what I feel. I've learned to keep things to myself rather than express my feelings with others. From the first conversation, Stephanie made me feel relaxed and comfortable. I felt at ease opening up and sharing thoughts and feelings I haven't even shared with my family.
Her wealth of knowledge in her field of studies is apparent but in no way does she come off in a condesending manner. In fact, it was just the opposite! It felt amazing to be able to share some of these things to a kind ear, who not only knew how to listen, but also knew when and what to share as well.