Stephanie FordGraduate Therapist Intern
About Stephanie Ford
Stephanie is warm and nonjudgmental and strives to create a safe and comfortable space where clients can feel safe to talk without judgment. She finds it important to get to know her clients as a whole person; she works from the perspective that every human being is complex and more than just a diagnosis. Stephanie feels that the most important aspect of therapy is a comfortable relationship between the client and the therapist that is built on trust and respect. She recognizes that therapy can be scary and opening up about personal struggles can be intimidating. By tailoring the therapy space for the client’s needs and moving at their pace she hopes to make therapy a space that fosters healing and growth. Outside of therapy you can find her in nature, dancing to loud music, or cuddling with her cat.
Training and Education
Stephanie Ford is a Graduate Student Clinician, obtaining her masters in Clinical Professional Counseling at Loyola University Maryland. She is currently a 3rd year master’s student and is working under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Altvater. Her specialization areas include working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with emotional dysregulation (depression/anxiety), trauma, and adapting to life following COVID-19.
Stephanie has specialized training in providing grief counseling for children. Under her supervisor, Dr. Rachel Altvater, she will receive specialized, quality training in play therapy. She also has experience working with children and adults who have experienced trauma and who are currently struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Stephanie is an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist.
Stephanie primarily uses techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also implements techniques from other approaches, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and humanistic/existential therapy, in order to tailor treatment to best serve each client. She is interested in tying client’s passions into their work together, whether it’s writing, music, art, dance, fashion, video games, etc. She recognizes that talking about feelings can be difficult. She wants clients to feel comfortable expressing their feelings in whatever way works best for them.