Stephanie Davis, MEd, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor who is focused on helping individuals better understand the potential impact of past traumatic experiences on current difficulties. She strives to create a compassionate and judgment free environment, where a person can voice needs and learn important skills associated with their emotional well-being. Stephanie believes that everyone has the potential to increase supportive beliefs and behaviors, resulting in personal growth and increased happiness. She has more than three years of counseling experience in the Pittsburgh area supporting individuals, couples, and families.
With Stephanie, each client is considered unique and important. Through a supportive relationship, Stephanie works with each client to develop a treatment plan that matches client needs with appropriate strategies and goals. In addition to providing trauma therapy, Stephanie’s areas of knowledge include substance use, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, couple’s dynamics, and conflict resolution. Stephanie offers multiple potential therapeutic approaches to promote healing and growth, including use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She also has teaching experience in middle and high school grades, using related skills to improve academic success for adolescents.
In addition to providing individual therapy, Stephanie uses an integrative therapeutic approach with couples, one which tailors a plan that best fits a couple’s needs. Stephanie has also completed training to use the Gottman Method with couples. Treatment in couple’s therapy includes but is not limited to teaching strategies toward improved communication, emotional regulation, in addition to facilitating nurturance and empathy with one’s partner. Stephanie also uses her therapeutic skills to decrease the emotional triggers often associated with relationship conflict, teaching couples how to increase support for themselves and others.
Stephanie earned both her Bachelor’s in Psychology (with a minor in Biology) and Master’s in Counseling from the University of Louisville. She has extensive experience and publications as a research associate at the University of Louisville and University of Pittsburgh in the areas of human brain anatomy, immunology, and physiology. One of her research interests includes better understanding the genetic problems associated with anxiety and depression. While living in Louisville, Stephanie’s post-graduate internship and subsequent counseling experience were in private practice doing individual therapy in addition to psychological/neuropsychological testing in hospital and office settings. She lives with her husband, two teenage boys, three cats, and three rabbits in the north Pittsburgh area. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling abroad, cooking, master’s level swimming, and doing puzzles. She volunteers for Animal Friends as a rabbit foster with mistreated rabbits who need one-on-one attention and love.