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*** Due to the Coronavirus and current safety risks, ***

           all sessions are being held online via Zoom.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist I offer counseling for all ages, but specialize in working with children and teens, and have been a therapeutic counselor in k-12 schools since 2014. 

My work with youth varies depending on what is needed and can involve any of the following:

  • Relationship building through conversation, games, and stories

  • Art and play exploration to help children understand and express their thoughts and feelings

  • Tools for stress reduction and emotional regulation

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where we shift thoughts and associated beliefs and behaviors

  • Mindfulness teachings on meditation, movement, mindset, practice, and values

  • Communication skills development and ongoing practice

  • Confidence development as clients experience ongoing success in overcoming challenges as we face their fears together

  • Assisted practice to solidify the transfer of tools and skills from therapy, into clients' everyday lives

  • Perspective taking which can include learning to build empathy and appreciation around other's perspectives, and/or a deeper understanding that clients' own experiences are not necessarily individual incidents, but are shared by others

Length & Fees

  • Sessions are $120 for 50 minutes

  • Given that sessions are currently online, I also offer 40 minute sessions at $100 for younger children under 8 years, when appropriate.

  • I do not take insurance at this time

Getting Started

Please feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute consultation to see if we are a good match for what you are looking for. 


  • Since I am currently only seeing clients online, I can only take new clients who are a good match for online counseling. If we determine that you would benefit more from in person support, then I will provide other referrals.

  • I can only take new counseling clients who reside in or nearby Santa Cruz County due to ethics outlined by my licensing board.

  • I am only available for sessions between the hours of 11:30AM to 3:30PM


Parent coaching focuses on identifying current parenting challenges and learning practical tools and solutions. Sessions can include up to 3 people involved in the parenting process or the whole family.


Free 15 minute phone consultation - Free

Call 831-920-4589 or email to set up a free phone consultation. This appointment is free of charge and has no strings attached.


In-Person or Zoom Coaching Session - $75/hr

These sessions are on an as-scheduled basis and are tailored to fit your needs. In person sessions take place at your home.

4 Series Coaching Sessions - $275 total ($25 savings)

Offered at a discounted rate, these sessions are 1 hour each and are based on a mutually agreeable plan for continued support and deeper engagement. 
This option can be chosen at any time but must be used within 6 months.

30 minute phone check-ins - $40

Scheduled phone check-ins are available for parents who have already had at least 1 in-person coaching session. 

*24 hour cancellation is required for all appointments

From general parenting to understanding teenage development and communication, I offer a variety of classes and workshops for parents, youth, educators, and other professionals.  


Previous Classes


​Prepare Your Teen For Their Future

(3 separate classes that can be taken together)

When: Summer 2018: Saturdays July 14, 21 & 28 from 10am-1pm

Where: Cabrillo College Campus rm 1522 - 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos
Cost:  Each session is $32 or ALL 3 sessions for $85
How: Register at

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Class #1: The New Territory of the Teenage Years

Feel like your child has changed overnight and no longer listens toanything you have to say? This class explains why that is by offering parents greater knowledge of this new developmental phase.   Explore what you want for your child and gain a clearer perspective on how to navigate what lies ahead.  Learn about the changes occurring in the teenage brain and the importance of brain function for clear communication.  This class also teaches simple and effective tools to gain cooperation and encourage participation in the family, the household and future aspirations.
When: Saturday, July 14, 10 am – 1 pm


Class #2: Preparing Your Teen for Their Future 

Learn how you can help prepare your teen for their future as you move from the pilot’s seat into the co-pilot’s seat. This class will explore the changing role parents must play as their teenagers individuate.  It also addresses how to develop your teen’s sense of intrinsic motivation so that they become active agents in preparing for their future.  Understand how to avoid parenting from a place of unresolved issues of your own past.  Develop communication skills to promote cooperation, and help build accountability and responsibility!
When: Saturday, July 21, 10 am – 1 pm


Class #3: Parents & Teens Together, Setting the Course

The final class in the series invites the teenagers to attend with their parents. Having both parents and teenagers in class is an opportunity to explore ways to work in partnership on mutual goals. Together, they will practice establishing routines for studying and family life with family meetings, and making agreements on issues of importance.  Both parents and teenagers will learn tools for improved communication and see change as a continuum with opportunities for the future.

When: Saturday, July 28, 10 am – 1 pm

Parent Support Group: for parents of teens

What: This is a monthly meeting where parents of teenagers can share their challenges, concerns, problem solve together, and find support. The is group open to parents of teens all throughout Santa Cruz County. These groups are based on the principals of Positive Discipline but will be led in a support group format versus an instructional class series.
When: Last Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8:00pm -- CURRENTLY CLOSED

Where: 840 N Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz - Branciforte Small School Library

Cost: none
How: Just come join us! Meetings are drop-in. If you have questions you are welcome to call or email Stephanie at 831-920-3835
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Counseling vs Coaching? 

Having trouble deciding whether you should do 

therapeutic counseling versus parent coaching? Below are some distinctions that might help.

Parent Coaching

  • short term

  • focuses on techniques and solutions

  • teaches Positive Discipline concepts and tools

  • helps parents address challenges through brainstorming and problem solving 


  • can be longer term

  • focuses on addressing past experiences which can include the way you were parented 

  • addresses deep-rooted patterns and potential changes needed in the family system

Still unsure? Call for a free 20 min. consultation and we can figure it out together! 831-920-4589

Positive Discipline is more than just a parenting method, it's a whole Psychological orientation to human development. Based on the core belief that children need to feel 

belonging and significance, Positive Discipline teaches parents to work with their children respectfully by being kind and firm at the same time. It focuses on parenting with the long-term in mind and utilizes practical techniques that teach responsibility, problem solving, and intrinsic motivation.

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Positive Discipline 
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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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Youth groups provide a safe and fun environment where young women can find empowerment through healthy peer to peer relationships.


If you are interested in starting a group call 831-920-4589 or email Groups can be started by parents looking to support their daughters or organizations and schools seeking an effective and empowering program.


2 types of groups offered are Healthy Relationships and Safety & Self Defense. Click here to learn more!

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