My name is Stephanie Baker and I am a graduate student in the Counseling Education program at the University of South Carolina. I am earning my Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree focusing on Clinical Mental Health, and am also on track to receive a Play Therapy certificate when I graduate in 2021. I received my B.A. in Psychology from UofSC in 2019, and minored in Counseling Education and Sociology.
My coursework has helped me cultivate a worldview that prioritizes diversity and cultural competency, with a radical acceptance of our own backgrounds and stories. I see individuals through a wholistic lens to take into consideration the mind, body, spirit, and other influential factors that inform our ever-changing lives. My growing approach to therapy is a mixture of Person-Centered, Existential-Humanistic, and Behavioral approaches. While I am still a trainee and am open to learning all that I can from the textbooks, I believe the most important tools in therapy are you and I! It’s important to me that my clients and I create a space that allows the freedom and safety to express what is needed for their own process of healing and recovery. With collaboration and honest effort, I am both humbled and honored to witness another’s therapy journey.