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Meet Stephanie

Hi! My name is Stephanie, and I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. 

I hope you are able to find answers to your questions about my practice. Have more? Feel free to connect with me by clicking here!

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My Story as a Therapist:

 

After growing up in Kansas and learning the Rockchalk Jayhawk chant as a young girl, I graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Sciences in Secondary English Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Dance, as well as a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I began my first career as a middle and high school classroom English teacher and spent my evenings coaching and teaching dance to continue my love of choreography and performing. After a short time, it was evident that the academic setting was creating more stress and dysregulation in my life than meaning and purpose. The primary passion I developed from teaching was relationship building, and after a couple more years of graduate school, I allowed this passion to unfold into my profession in social work as a clinical therapist with a Masters in Social Welfare. 

I immediately began my therapeutic career in eating disorders with a hope to help others live into recovery after walking alongside so many in education and dance who struggled with these invasive and debilitating diseases. I developed an additional focus on supporting athletes in their journeys for recovery derived from my own background in dance and my connection with seeing and experiencing eating disorders as a function of athletic performance perfectionism.

After five years in the field, I determined the significance of working toward certification to solidify my specialist position with eating disorder treatment. The specialist certification signifies a commitment to serving those with eating disorders in a dedicated manner, with special adherence to an additional code of ethics and best practices for recovery protection and relapse prevention.

My Practice:

What I Treat:

 

*Eating disorders, namely anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, ARFID, binge eating disorder, OSFED, EDNOS, disordered eating, distorted body image, and orthorexia

*Depression

*Anxiety

*OCD tendencies

*Life transitions

*Relationship dynamic difficulties

Treatment Approaches:

 

*Individuality:

I initially orient my treatment planning according to the individual’s needs based on criteria for level of care. I believe individualization of treatment is critical for sustainable, lifelong recovery.

*Family-based:

When appropriate, particularly with adolescent clients, family work is the foundation of support and accountability. 

*Treatment team:

I also rely upon a treatment team approach to involve other practitioners, including primary care doctors, psychiatrists, registered dietitians, and providers as needed (i.e. oncologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, family therapists, group therapists, etc.).

*Health at Every Size approach (HAES):

I believe firmly that our health and intrinsic value are not determined by our weight. Sometimes weight can be a symptom of medical or psychological issues, but weight itself is not a problem to be solved or resolved. Taking care of our bodies from the inside out can be our primary goal, no matter shape and size.

*Holistic approach:

I maintain a variety of approaches in order to treat the whole person. This includes ideas and modalities such as:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Mindfulness

Spiritual orientation as requested per client

Trauma-informed perspective

Narrative approaches

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Harm reduction model

Exposure and response prevention methods.

*Strengths-based

*Connection:

I believe one of the most important antidotes of the eating disorder and other mental health complications is connection– connection with others, connection with a higher power, connection with nature, and most critically, connection with self. 

Affiliations:

*National Social Work Association (NASW)

*International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

Background of Treatment Experience:

*Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)

*Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) for eating disorder recovery

*Outpatient individual, family, and group therapy

*Transition group therapy to offer support between IOP and outpatient levels of care (Bridge programming)

*Community resource group for eating disorder support

Contact:

Ready to get started?

Let's connect.

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Phone: 913.449.1881

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