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Stephanie Gardner-Wright, MSW

Licensed Masters Social Worker

Stephanie specializes in treating trauma and anxiety in all ages, emotional and behavioral issues in children and teens, life transitions, LGBTQ issues and providing support and guidance to adult caregivers of aging parents.  Stephanie welcomes clients of all faiths and sexual orientations.
What can psychotherapy help with? Psychotherapy can help people recover from emotional trauma, improve mood, reduce anxiety, manage pain, learn to recognize, feel and manage emotions, increase self-understanding and improve communication. Stephanie believes that psychotherapy can help people feel an increased sense of peace and ability to respond to daily challenges, and that the therapeutic relationship provides a safe place to explore this together.
What is a session with Stephanie like? Therapy is provided face-to face in Jackson or Hillsdale. Stephanie believes that therapy should not be "one size fits all" and will tailor your experience based on your unique concerns and feedback. There are many different approaches to therapy, and Stephanie most often uses psychodynamic therapy, sandtray therapy, play therapy and cognitive behavioral techniques. Working with Stephanie can involve talking together, learning and practicing skills,  and exploring early life experiences or relationship patterns. It might include journaling, making art to express emotions or promote healing, or accessing deeper levels of consciousness through dreamwork, sandtray therapy, guided meditation and shamanic techniques. 
Qualifications in brief: Stephanie is a licensed master's level clinical social worker who has provided therapy services in Jackson County for over 6 years. She has extensive training and experience in treating child and adolescent trauma, particularly sexual trauma, with certificates in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment. She has additional post-graduate training and experience in sandtray therapy, treating sexual concerns, couples counseling, play therapy and art therapy techniques.