Stephanie received her B.A. in Psychology and Child & Family Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, in 2004. While an undergraduate she volunteered her time helping out in the campus daycare and at a safe exchange facility for children with divorced parents. She also worked as a child services caseworker for an agency that provided in-home services to children with disabilities.
After graduation, Stephanie moved to South Korea to connect with family and her Korean heritage. She lived there for about three years where she taught English in an English immersion preschool/kindergarten and tutored students privately.
In 2008, Stephanie moved to Chicago, IL where she continued her education at Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago. She completed a dual program earning her Masters in Child Development in 2010 and a Masters in Social Work in 2011. Her first internship was at a child development center where she co-facilitated group therapy in the therapeutic preschool and also saw clients individually for play therapy sessions. Stephanie also interned and was then hired on at a small social service agency providing adventure therapy. She helped facilitate experiential activities, such as rock climbing, kayaking and camping, where these activities were used to promote healthy functioning (ex: a sense of empowerment, perspective-taking, and various social skills). After graduation Stephanie became the Program Coordinator. As Program Coordinator she was responsible for all aspects of the agency’s programming, including preparing all of the agendas and gear, staffing the programs, facilitating programs, etc. One of her favorite parts of the job was mentoring interns and gaining insight into their fresh perspectives.
In 2012, Stephanie began working for the Illinois Early Intervention Program where she was credentialed as a Developmental Therapist. Developmental therapy focuses on all areas of development simultaneously; sensory regulation, cognition, speech, motor, social emotional, and independent self-help skills. As a Developmental Therapist, Stephanie provided initial evaluations and on-going home-based services to children 0-3 years old with developmental delays. Working with young children and their families is Stephanie’s true passion and why she is excited to continue helping families through her private practice. In January of 2015, Stephanie received her license in clinical social work (LCSW), which allows her to see clients privately. Stephanie’s favorite part of working with families is knowing that no two children are exactly alike and because of that there is always something new to learn!