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What is The Professional Friend?

My role as The Professional Friend is a mental health warrior & advocate and an empathic life consultant. My site is a free online mental health resource directory that includes 24/7 hotlines and more.
 
What is a life consultation?

The definition of a consultation is a meeting with a professional for purposes of gaining information or the process of discussing. In a life consultation, you can talk to me about anything or ask me questions based on my experience and knowledge. You can book a one-hour consultation with me to discuss a topic and not worry about committing to more appointments. You can talk and I can listen; just as a good friend would.

NOTE: the services being provided do not constitute behavioral health treatment, counseling, or the practice of psychotherapy. A referral will be offered if these services are needed or requested.

Is a consultation like a therapy session?

No! In a therapy session, a licensed mental health professional helps the client explore and process emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. A therapist is licensed to diagnose and treat people with severe mental health issues. If this is what you seek, I encourage you to find a licensed mental health professional. Click here to be redirected to mental health resources.

Are you a Therapist? Counselor? Life coach?

Although I have a Master's degree in Counseling, I am NOT a licensed mental health professional and I do NOT provide therapy, diagnose, or treat mental health disorders as The Professional Friend. 


Life consulting differs from life coaching in that it does not have to be a series of sessions and a long working relationship.

What are your qualifications?

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Sexuality from California State University Northridge. I have a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University Long Beach. I was a Sex Education Intern with the Center for Positive Sexuality and an Ambassador for the American Sexual Health Association. To learn more about me, click here

Do you do in-person consultations?

In keeping with social distancing, I am available for consultations via phone, text, and video chat. 

What is the fee for a consultation?

I charge an hourly fee that we agree upon during the free 15 min phone consultation where I can answer any and all questions you may have.

Are you available 24/7 like a crisis hotline?

No, my contact information is not a suicide or crisis hotline. Click here for 24/7 crisis hotlines. My phone and email are used for scheduling purposes unless we have a scheduled consultation via phone/text. For contact hours, click here.

Who can use your consultation services?

Anyone 18+ can use my consultation services. I work with people of all ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, or religion.

NOTE: To any past, present, or future therapy clients that I treated as a supervised Registerested AMFT, I cannot provide consultation as The Professional Friend or respond to your comments/messages. Consequently, any person seeking consultation with me as The Professional Friend cannot be provided therapy by me as a supervised Registered AMFT.

 


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Contact

Call | Text:  (213) 761-5515​

Monday - Sunday

10am - 7pm

professionalfriendstephanie@gmail.com

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