Registered Social Worker
B.A., M.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES & FAMILY COUNSELLING
AGES: Children (8-12), Teens (13-17), Young Adults (18-24), Adults, Seniors
Stefany has experience working with many different populations across the lifespan, in a variety of environments. She specializes in practice with children, youth, adults, couples, and families to manage problems in living including but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma/post traumatic stress, grief/loss, adjustment to change, attachment issues, separation and divorce, couples issues, conflict management, communication issues, boundary and limit setting, goals setting, anger and emotional management, behavioural issues in children and parenting strategies, caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue, self-care strategies, ADHD parent education, spirituality and meaning-making, military life (i.e. cycle of deployment), and addictions (motivational interviewing, harm-reduction, relapse prevention).
Her clinical approach is client-centered, always operating from an attachment and developmental lens that is also trauma and grief informed. She uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), both for couples and for families, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Brief Solution Focused Therapies (BSFT) (i.e. Single Session Therapy (SST), Narrative Therapy).
Stefany meets her clients where they are, and believes each individual should be treated with dignity, value and worth. She knows the importance of helping her clients feel they are heard, understood, and respected. She is a ‘holder of hope’ and views herself as a ‘professional encourager.’ She offers a safe place where empathy, validation, and normalization are provided. She loves the expression “we are not all nails, so we don’t all need a hammer”, as this speaks to the necessity of getting to know her client’s unique needs, wants, and desires so she can tailor her approach accordingly. Above all, she firmly believes in the change process, and that recovery is possible!
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Western University, London Ontario (2001)
Master of Arts, Biblical Counselling, Providence College and Seminary, Otterborne Manitoba (2003)
Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Lyle S. Hallman School of Social Work, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (2009)
Registered Social worker with the Newfoundland College of Social Workers #3021
Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers (NLCSW)