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I work with people every single day. Couples, Individuals, Old, and young…Although the conversations are different, the people are different, the issues are almost always the same…Expectations…

It appears as though we, humans, have this uncanny ability to assume that we have a right to expect…expect from all those around us, but rarely from ourself.

Why can’t you do this? Why didn’t you do this? Why do you always say this? why don’t you be this?…..Is this what we have become? Have we forgotten that maybe, just maybe, our children/partners/friends/coworkers/employees etc might just be good enough?

Why is it we are always complaining about our jobs, friends, family to others. Why are we telling others how great our job, friends, family are. It appears that if we don’t have something to bitch about, life isn’t good.

Why is the person in front of you never good enough? Why do we hold expectations for others, that we don’t hold for ourself?

It’s my belief that if you live your life full of expectations, you will live a life full of disappointments.

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me1.jpg  Stephanie offers individual, couples, and family counseling in her private practice at Spirit of Healing Counseling and Massage in Sumner, WA. There, she works with a collaborative group of counselors and healing professionals to deliver high quality, holistic mental health support for her clients. 

Stephanie has worked with a variety of organizations in the Seattle area by designing and delivering workshops and programs to bridge employee relations and increase the company’s bottom line. Her programs include training sessions on Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence, Conflict Resolution, Engaging Employees, Employee Relations, Mandated Reporting, Implementing a Domestic Violence Policy in the Workplace, and Workplace Violence.

Stephanie also designed and implemented an advocacy based program to support victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Elder Abuse for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Stephanie specializes in trauma related issues that effect Native Communities, as well as working with youth to deal with issues such as: Gang Violence, Domestic Violence, Teen Dating Issues, and Life Skills Training.

Stephanie also provides continuous offerings of community education on a variety of topics including: Building Self Esteem After Trauma, Casey Life Skills Training for Youth and Adults, How the Brain is Affected by Trauma, Domestic Violence and How it Effects Children, Mind-fullness Based Stress Reduction, Conflict Resolution in the Workplace, Active Listening Skills, Personal Coaching, Implementing Domestic Violence Policy’s in the Workplace, and other trauma related topics. 

Speaking to groups is a personal passion for Stephanie. She provides both private and public speaking services for businesses or conferences around the United States. Stephanie is also able to work with a client to customize to target specific messages. Some of her previous speaking engagements have been on issues regarding: Domestic Violence, Conflict Resolution, Active Listening, Engaging Employees, Employee Relations, Implementing a Domestic Violence Policy in the Workplace, and Workplace Violence.

Stephanie earned her Bachelors degree in Native American Studies at Evergreen State College. Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Systems Counseling/Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University. Stephanie has also recently completed Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and is actively putting together a group of trained professionals to work disaster relief in Native Country.

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