I am a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of clinical experience. I completed my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida followed by clinical internship in Medical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital. I completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of South Florida Department of Internal Medicine specializing in eating/weight disorders, anxiety, OCD, depression and general stress management. More recently, I have had the privilege of providing mental health services to our nation's veterans, many of whom are adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury or disease (trauma, ALS, MS). I have additional certification in evidence-based treatment for PTSD and trauma.
Although I am trained to provide research-supported therapies for a multitude of emotional and behavioral problems (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness, Exposure Therapy, Behavioral Therapy), I find it very important to individualize therapy based one's unique circumstances and needs. I also understand that sometimes life can just seem a bit overwhelming, and what is most helpful is more general stress management and support through a difficult life transition or situation. Therapy is a collaborative process, and we will work together to determine your specific needs and goals.
I am so glad you are considering some extra support. It certainly takes courage to reach out for help. I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
FL Psychologist PY8760
Dr. Sciandra is one of the best counselors I’ve ever had. She always seemed genuinely invested in the outcomes of my situations. She gave practical skills that I could start implementing immediately.
Written on Jun 11, 2021 after therapy with Steffanie for 3 years and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem
Steffanie is the best!!
Written on Jan 19, 2020 after therapy with Steffanie for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties
She is the best therapist and a best friend I have ever had. Not even once I have returned without complete fulfillment. Any problem I have taken to her, she always know what worksheet of therapy material might help me with that. Also she always know what to say and how to say. Am blessed to have her as my therapist.
Written on Apr 06, 2019 after therapy with Steffanie for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping disorders
Dr.Sciandra is patient, understanding and kind. I feel very comfortable opening up to her and trust in her ability to give me professional advice. Dr.Sciandra allows you to discuss difficult topics throughout the session but leave feeling better or more adequate to deal with issues. I strongly recommend Dr.Sciandra!
Written on Feb 15, 2019 after therapy with Steffanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, anger management, and bipolar disorder
Dr.Sciandra is still my weekly companion for around the past 6 months. I don’t know what i would do without her constant support and check ins. She so creative in the ways that she offers help and has such a great personality that makes me laugh and want to open up and have a conversation. Truly amazing experience with her thus far and I don’t see my self wanting to end therapy anytime soon since i see my self improving with it everyday.
Written on Jun 18, 2018 after therapy with Steffanie for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and anger
Talking to Dr. Sciandra is so comfortable, it’s like you’ve known her for years! She is kind, considerate and genuine. I have made so much progress in the past few months thanks to her. Her caring and expertise has aided me in feeling human again!
Written on Jun 12, 2018 after therapy with Steffanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem