About Stephanie Napolitano
I am a licensed mental health counselor in New York State, a certified grief counselor through the American Academy of grief counseling at AIHCP, a certified grief counseling specialist through Evergreen Certifications, and I have a certificate in Contemplative care from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where I continue to study and practice. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Complicated Grief Therapy (Level 2) and a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).
I have experience working with a variety of losses, including the death of loved ones and losses due to medical illness. I also have an understanding of end-of-life concerns from both the caregiver and client perspectives.
My experience includes EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), meditation and mindfulness practice, grief and loss, illness and medical issues, end-of-life support, caregiver issues or stress, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, adjusting to change and life transitions, and veteran issues.
My Approach and Values
I am committed to supporting my clients through the entirety of their grief process, assisting them with the challenge of adapting to life after loss, helping my clients accept the losses and experience the emotions that loss inevitably brings up, adjust to their life after loss(es), and find connections concerning their loss(es).
I am passionate about changing the way we view grief and approach the grieving process. I believe that grief is more than just a symptom that needs to be treated. I view grief as a process that varies from person to person and does not follow a specific pattern of emotion and behavior or timeline.
I incorporate contemplative and mindfulness practices as appropriate, including mindfulness-based cognitive techniques. I view each individual holistically, considering their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of my client to move toward healing.
I view the client-counselor relationship as a partnership, believing that when clients are provided with the appropriate conditions and a safe space to explore, they will naturally grow and heal. I understand that grief and adapting to life after loss is not linear, and is unique to each client. Therefore, I am flexible with my approach, meeting each client where they are, and viewing the whole person, not just a list of symptoms.
About My Services
I utilize a video-based, HIPAA compliant platform to conduct all sessions. Due to COVID-19 I am currently not conducting in person sessions. I plan to continue my practice virtually even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
It is an essential part of therapy to have a therapist with whom you feel connected. I offer a free phone consultation so that we can discuss your needs and goals, and to decide if we would like to work together. It is important to find the therapeutic relationship that works best for you. Please fill out the contact form below if you are interested in scheduling a consultation.
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State
- Certified Grief Counselor through the American Academy of Grief Counseling at AIHCP
- Certificate in Contemplative Care from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
- EMDR Trained
- Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS) through Evergreen Certifications
- Member, Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
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