Stefani is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a trauma informed practitioner. Her role as a therapist is to guide clients with developing skills and achieving their truest sense of well-being. She believes that clients should be able to express themselves in a validating and comforting environment. She understands that each person observes life through an individual lens and she utilizes evidence-based practices for specific needs. During her work with clients, she assists them with identifying how automatic thoughts, emotions and behaviors are connected. While developing a therapeutic relationship, Stefani assist clients with identifying and altering maladaptive thinking patterns and coping techniques. When Stefani is not working, you can find her at the beach! She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, exploring nature, bike riding and walking her dogs. In her personal life she practices techniques that she utilizes during therapy including mindfulness, meditation and journaling.
Education and Certification
Licensed Social Worker (LSW) State of NJ- November 2016
Master of Social Work (MSW) Stockton University – 2016
Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) Stockton University – 2014
During undergraduate school, Stefani interned in the intensive care unit and also participated in service learning projects in long-term care facilities. By providing services and immediate emotional support to patients and their family members during an extremely sensitive time in their lives, she became passionate about end-of-life care and helping patients facilitate difficult conversations about death and grief. After graduating, she began providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and families and became passionate about advocating for the rights of children.
Why are you passionate about providing mental healthcare?
“Ever since I was a young child, I was capable of understanding other humans, their emotions and hardships. When I was a teenager, I realized that I was experiencing empathy and wanted to create a career where my strengths of understanding and helping others could flourish. While working in the mental health field, normalizing and challenging the stigma against mental health has become a passion of mine and I incorporate this into my therapy practice.”