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Stephanie Tam Rosas, M.A., LMFT

I have found such joy working with children and families, especially in school settings since 2010. I am also currently studying for my PhD in social psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz. My research focuses on educational equity and creating empowering settings in K-12 school systems. Recent projects have examined:

  • institutional barriers for working class/working poor Latinx parents' engagement in elementary schools

  • empowering settings and Positive Discipline within a 4th and 5th grade afterschool program

  • access and support for historically underrepresented students in higher education

  • reconstructing narratives for Latinx immigrants through youth participatory action research

As a certified Positive Discipline Parent and Classroom Educator, I facilitate workshops for families and schools. I previously served as board president of Positive Discipline Community Resources, and have worked as a family literacy program coordinator at the Walnut Avenue Women's Center.


In addition to parent education and research, my passion lies in working with youth. With all the nuances that the developmental stage of adolescence presents, I find teens to be insightful and innovative. I have had the privilege of counseling youth at Costanoa High and Ark Independent School, and facilitating youth groups that foster healthy relationships and build confidence in identifying choices. My direct work with youth allows insight into how they think and make decisions, and to better understand what matters to them and why. 



I have studied child development through my masters program in Psychology and through practical experience as an early childhood teaching assistant, home visitor, and school counselor. My work incorporates Attachment Theory, Developmental Assets & Trauma-Informed Care.


BA in Sociology with Honors 
from the University of California, Santa Cruz 

MA in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Creative Expression
from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now called Sofia University)


Currently in a PhD Social Psychology program at UC Santa Cruz 



Positive Discipline Parent Educator Training - Positive Discipline Association

Positive Discipline in the Classroom Training - Positive Discipline Association

Recreation of the Self - Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches

Conflict Resolution & Mediation Training - Conflict Resolution Center

Family Strengthening Case Management - Strategies
Trauma-Informed Parenting Module - Family Wellness Court

Breaking Intergeneraional Cycles of Trauma - Cabrillo College 

Youth Advocate Training - Walnut Avenue Women's Center

Adolescent Relationship Abuse - California Adolescent Health Collaborative

Understanding Substance Abuse - First 5 & Janus

IEP (Individualized Educational Program) Training - SPIN

Infant Adoption Awareness Training - Latino Family Institute



California Association of Marriage And Family Therapists

Society for Community Research and Action



Positive Discipline Community Resources (Board President)

Positive Discipline Association 

Inside Education through the Santa Cruz County Office of Education

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium

Santa Cruz Teen Forum

"Stephanie Tam Rosas knows a wisdom far beyond her years.

I feel so blessed that we have been given this young, wise person to support us here in our community."


           -Past Client


Therapy is an opportunity to process and heal from challenges and/or traumas, and integrate experiences to live a more full and empowered life.

Parent coaching focuses on identifying current parenting challenges and learning practical tools and solutions. 

Equity work involves exploration and accountability on a personal level, while also deconstructing oppressive systems and reconstructing more equitable forms of power sharing.

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