Stefani Nelson, MS, CMHC, earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Utah State University in 2005 and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix in 2009. She is passionate about helping others and seeing them make positive change in their life.
Stefani values the client-therapist relationship and takes a client-centered approach, meaning she is non-judgmental and accepting of the client’s issues. She has worked in a variety of settings including substance abuse and private practice, and therefore takes a culturally sensitive approach to the client’s problems.
Her specializations are in trauma, drug and alcohol recovery, depression, anxiety, and her approach is based in cognitive-behavioral principles. She firmly believes that emotions and behaviors can be actively affected by our thoughts and beliefs.
She has been trained in Phase 1 and 2 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is effective in treating trauma.
She believes in the disease model of addiction, which is a theory that helps explain the biological nature of addiction, while at the same time giving the client full accountability for change. She has also helped clients work through faith crises.
Stefani has also taught psychology courses through Independence University for the past 8 years.