Stephanie Hartman, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate
I believe each person has the power within themselves to find healing in mind, body and spirit. Our past experiences shape our current thoughts, but those pasts do not have to control our present or future selves.
I come from a humanistic background and use Person Centered and Gestalt therapy. I am trained in sand tray therapy and dream work, but often times my clients enjoy processing through talk therapy. I will follow your lead while encouraging and challenging you to grow.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Calvin College 2002
Master of Arts in Counseling, Regis University 2015
After graduating with my Bachelor of Art in Psychology at Calvin College, I worked as a day treatment counselor in a residential facility. I led a girls’ group and did milieu management with at risk adolescents.
At Regis University I worked in a state-of-the-art Center for Counseling and Family Therapy lab. Here, under faculty supervision, I did one-on-one counseling with adult clients with various issues such as low self-image, divorce, depression, anxiety and parenting.
As part of my Master of Arts in Counseling degree requirement at Regis, I also worked as an intern therapist at People House in their Affordable Counseling Program. The Affordable Counseling Program allows community members to receive therapeutic services on a sliding scale. Here I counseled adolescents, adults and couples with varying issues. I treated clients for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief, trauma, relational/familial issues, and other life journey difficulties.
Currently I am a group co facilitator at WINGS foundation. WINGS provides services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their loved ones. I co facilitate a women’s group where the women can process through their journey of healing from sexual trauma. My role is to provide safety, stability and structure to the group.
Why I became a therapist:
I knew I wanted to be a therapist ever since my first Psychology class I took in high school. This passion continued as I studied and earned my degree in Psychology. But, like many people, my life journey has not always been a smooth one. I’ve had my battles with depression, grief and trauma. It was through the help of my own therapist that I began to heal. I found the power and strength within myself through her help. These experiences confirmed in me that I wanted to help others find the strength within themselves. I love being a therapist and couldn’t imagine having another profession. I enjoy and am honored to walk beside others through their own life journeys.
When I’m not working, I relax by hiking and camping in beautiful Colorado, reading the latest novel and playing board games with my family.