Steph has a long history of listening to people share the stories of their lives during more than twenty years in Christian ministry, both in pastoral counselling and women’s ministry, as well as twelve years as a journalist. She has a Master of Counselling degree from Briercrest Seminary and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).
Steph believes the best relationships are ones where people feel heard, valued, and understood. This is especially true in the counselling relationship. Steph’s warm, empathetic presence helps her clients find a safe place to grow in personal understanding and gain perspective in their lives and relationships. Her strengths-based approach is on the whole person, and considers how clients are affected physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually in the face of problems. She enjoys providing Christian counselling and pursues ongoing training in offering faith-based interventions. Several modalities that help to inform Steph’s approach include narrative, cognitive-behavioural and family systems therapy. She has a special interest in working with women who have experienced loss, trauma, relational difficulties, and spiritual crisis. As a life-long learner, she likes to help clients consider options for ongoing growth through books, podcasts, groups and other avenues of psychoeducation and community. Steph also has experience in teaching, public speaking, and leading groups and enjoys opportunities to help others develop.
Steph has been married for almost 25 years and has two adult sons and a teenage daughter. She is an avid reader who enjoys sitting by a fire, coffee with friends, or long walks at the lake in Barrie.