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Stephanie Tam Rosas, M.A., LMFT

I believe that one of the most effective ways to create positive change is by cultivating balance. In the work that I do, I incorporate all aspects of the heart, mind, body and spirit for whole person integration, and promote transformation through knowledge and empowerment.





As a Certified Positive Discipline Facilitator I have done family counseling, mediation, parent coaching, and taught parenting classes to adults and teen moms. Using a strength-based perspective, my goal is to help families stay develop the skills they need to thrive.


I served as the Board President of Positive Discipline Community Resources, a community change center in Santa Cruz County that helps people foster respectful relationships (i.e. in parenting, schools, etc). 


In the past I have worked as a counselor, family advocate, and family literacy program coordinator at the Walnut Avenue Women's Center, a domestic violence and family resource center. Part of this work included supporting families experiencing crisis, poverty, and social adversities, in identifying and achieving their personal and familial goals. Through mentor meetings and home visits we fostered respectful relationships, built skills, and addressed their children's developmental achievements and needs.


I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (#116439). I am currently only seeing clients at specific schools in Santa Cruz County and am not doing private practice at the moment. If you are interested in connecting for therapy, please contact me and I will notify you once that service becomes available.



I am currently a PhD graduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz, studying Social Psychology and Participatory Action Research. My research focuses on creating empowering settings in K-12 school systems. A few studies that I am working on look at empowering settings and Positive Discipline with a 4th and 5th grade after school program, and another study examines access and support for historically underrepresented students in higher education. I also assisted with a grounded theory research study on the effectiveness of Positive Discipline. This qualitative study involved interviewing participants who had already taken a Positive Discipline class.



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 me to learn more about how they think and make decisions, what's truly important to them, and why they do what they do. I enjoy connecting with youth and empathizing with what their world looks like while also helping them to prepare for, and navigate the responsibilities and opportunities that lie ahead.



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



As a Certified PD Classroom Educator I train teachers and school staff to implement Positive Discipline into their schools. This provides an opportunity for kids to learn in a socially and emotionally integrated system and acquire the tools they need for self regulation, positive relationship development, and empowered identities. I have had the pleasure of working closely with teachers and principals and observing classrooms in all stages of progress. 





I am a big believer in the power of compassion and gratitude, and that respectful relationships develop a connection that heals and inspires more positivity. In my group work and as a parent coach, I am incredibly gentle and compassionate towards your struggles, and act as a guide to help you navigate your fears and challenges.


My interest lies in understanding how we can use the power of our minds to achieve our goals and create the changes we want. I continue to develop my mind through integrating experience and research. I am a study coordinator and research assistant at a neuroscience lab at Stanford, and also conduct research on Positive Discipline.


I have been training in martial arts since 2004 and currently hold a 3rd degree black belt in Seibukan Jujutsu. The discipline has helped me to become more aware of the importance of boundaries and assertiveness which I teach in self-defense workshops. I also enjoy dancing and practicing yoga as a form of exercise, expression and grounding. 



I develop my spirit through mindfulness, cultivating 
connection, and creativity. As a Transpersonal psychologist I incorporate spirit into my work by seeing you for who you truly are versus what you do. This is a way to encompass the wider aspects of your experience through self synthesis and acceptance. 


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

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

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

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

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

Recent Posts

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson didn't set out to explain why Positive Discipline (PD) is so effective, but that is ultimately the result of their book “The Whole-Brian Child”. Many of PD’s core concepts and approaches have worked with families already, but the science behind them gets further explained in how they ultimately promote brain integration.

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

From general parenting to under-standing teenage development, 
classes are interactive for a complete learning experience.

Youth groups provide a safe and
fun environment to empower young women through healthy peer to peer relationships. 

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3 separate workshops that can be taken together. Classes are offered through
Cabrillo College Extension and cover the following topics:

-The New Territory of the Teen Years 

-Preparing Your Teen for Their Future 

-Parents & Teens Together 

Every last Wednesday of the month
6:30-8:00pm -- CURRENTLY CLOSED

Monthly support groups for parents of teens
to check-in, share experiences and identify solutions using Positive Discipline. 

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