“The most beautiful people we have ever known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have pulled themselves out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, (Mentor and Friend)
Stephanie Small is a Marriage, Family, Child Psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in treating individuals, children, adolescents, couples and families. With 24 years of experience, she is known for her warm, direct, authentic, creative, compassionate and safe approach to treating diverse clients with a broad range of issues.
A graduate of Antioch University, Los Angeles, Stephanie integrates the most effective and contemporary clinical skills, including EMDR and Integrative Somatic Therapies, to relieve the life-constricting effects of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, medical trauma, relationship issues and ADD/ADHD. She is known for her expertise in treating clients who are struggling with medical issues and for her work with adults and children who are chronically or terminally ill. She is an expert at treating women on the unique issues pertaining to infertility. She is also experienced working with families of children who have been adopted.
In her capacity as a child/adolescent therapist, Stephanie has presented at National conferences and to public and private schools throughout Los Angeles on compelling, contemporary topics effecting families. She has lectured throughout the country on the treatment of children with trauma. She was recently called upon to consult with the Newtown school system in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.
As a relational and solution-focused psychodynamic therapist, she provides insight, support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and transitions. Her complementary methodologies are tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of each client. She works with each individual to build on his/her strengths and clear out long-standing beliefs and behavior patterns that prevent a more fulfilling and meaningful experience of life.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please call or email me for an individual, child, couples or family therapy consultation today.