Stephanie Featherston, MDiv, MS, EdS, LPC, CPCS
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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adult clients to build their connections with themselves and others, particularly after experience of childhood emotional neglect, other trauma, depression, and/or anxiety.
I have been a fully licensed counselor since 2009 and have been working with clients in some capacity since 2006. My passion is helping trauma survivors, especially those with a childhood emotional neglect history, and others get to know and to trust themselves and build a sense of safety and self-confidence in who they are. I use an Internal Family Systems-informed approach with elements of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe that you have the capacity to heal yourself, and it is my role to create the space to allow that work to happen. You are your own best expert, and I can never replace that.
I approach therapy with a curiosity about who you are and what brought you to where you are now. You have done the best you knew how to do with the resources you have had available to you. Life in general, and trauma in particular, tend to separate us from ourselves, and we find ourselves focusing outward to try to manage situations. When this happens, we lose touch with who we are, what we want, and what we need to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Healing comes through knowing, understanding, and valuing ourselves and the choices we have had to make to get to where we are now. Good therapy helps us become more ourselves, rather than changing who we are. You decide what changes you want to make and where and how. My goal is to respect your system and your needs and to help you do the same.
I have been to seminary, and I have a Master's of Divinity degree. That said, I have no expectation that you should be Christian or, indeed, hold any belief system. Whether you see yourself as spiritual, religious, or neither, I want to support you in whatever makes most sense to you. While I have worked with identified Christians, I have also had successful therapeutic relationships with people identifying as Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, spiritual, agnostic, and Athiest. It is neither my goal nor my intent to convert anyone to any belief system or to talk them out of anything they believe. If it is helpful to you and not actively harmful to others, I am happy to support you in it. If it troubles you, I am happy to help you explore it without feeling pressured toward any particular outcome.
While I have not had extensive training in working with the LGBTQ+ community, I am fully supportive of people in that community. I see them as full people of equal value and worth who deserve respect, safety, kindness, understanding, and support. I do not see these sexual orientations as deviant, less than, immoral, or unworthy. You do not choose how you see yourself or the types of people to whom you are attracted, and your love is not less valid or less meaningful. I support your right to marriage, equal rights under the law, and protection against abuse, harassment, and violence. Similarly, I believe in the human rights of all races and backgrounds. Racial trauma is real and deserves the same respect and consideration as other, more acknowledged, forms of trauma. I hope to continue to grow as an ally as I grow as a person.
Specialties & Clinical Interests
- Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
- Sexual Abuse
- Stress/Stress Management
- Trauma & Ptsd
- Women's Issues
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Trauma Survivors
Faith Based Specialties