Dr. Stella Fernandez

(PsyD, MA, LPC)
Therapist Dr. Stella Fernandez Photo

About Me

I hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and specialize in the treatment of adults and couples. I have over 18 years of experience in my field and enjoy helping others achieve balance, meet overall goals and feel better about themselves and their future. I also provide career testing and coaching for mid-life career changers and executives struggling with workplace issues. Additionally, I provide diagnostic testing of anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorders, OCD and personality disorders. I take a solution-focused approach to treatment and enjoy working with people in a fun and effective way. I'm accessible for 30-45 minute weekly sessions through Live-Chat, Phone and/or Video Monday-Friday 8 am CST to 12:30 pm CST; 7 pm CST to 9 pm CST on Wednesdays and occasional Saturdays 9 am CST to 12 pm CST.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Years of Experience: 17

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LPC #2014015214 (Expires: 2023-06-30)

LPC #2167 (Expires: 2022-05-31)


Reviews

Written by R.O. on Nov 24, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Very helpful walking me through strategies for my challenges.

Written by A.N. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. F is super caring and attentive to all issues shared with her. Offers a variety of resources and coping mechanisms to help sort through problems. Genuinely love working with her!

Written by P.H. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

This is my first experience with a therapist and I feel like I hit a home run being matched with Dr. Fernandez. In addition to great video sessions, she has sent me numerous articles to read and a couple of book recommendations, all of which have been super helpful. She has already made a big impact.

Written by M.A. on Oct 09, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Dr. Fernandez has been an incredible help to my everyday life. She has shown me how to better my ways of thinking by recognizing my destructive thought patterns and to grow a new awareness to the abilities I have over my thoughts. I see so much progress in myself and I couldn't be more grateful for Dr. Fernandez.

Written by A.B. on Sep 25, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Dr F. has changed my life, as a high achieving mid career mother who made it this far with undiagnosed ADHD. Like many, the pandemic finally broke me. She is helping me to put myself back together, with a great framework for understanding my (ADHD, as it turns out) brain. I can’t recommend her highly enough if you feel like you’re white knuckling your focus for projects big and small, feeling emotionally overwhelmed and short tempered, experiencing strained relationships, and all the other “delights” of a high pressure life with ADHD.

Written by A.K. on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Fernandez has been late to almost every session we had together (but always ends right on time). When I addressed my concerns about my therapy needs not being met she got strangely defensive and gaslit me highlighting that she has several clients that she’s been working with for years. Felt almost like she was insinuating I was the problem. Extremely unprofessional….

Written by J.E. on Jun 24, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I've had two sessions with Dr. Fernandez and I've already learned more about myself than I did in my previous 9+ months seeing a therapist in person.

Before meeting with Dr. Fernandez, I was concerned virtual sessions would be too impersonal to be effective for me. Not the case. I am still impressed by how quickly she and I "clicked".

I highly recommend Dr. Fernandez and BetterHelp to anyone and everyone.

Written by M.A. on Jun 18, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Dr. Fernandez is awesome. Not only does is she prompt and does so much to help patients, but in sessions with her she uses scientific evidence and research to explain how situations and thought patterns affect mental health, which for people like me who find these type of things fascinating and weren't aware of them before, is an awesome quality for a mental health specialist to have.

Written by J.E. on Jun 01, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. F is a great therapist that is willing to work with me and create goals that will help me become self sufficient. She is truly a great listener, teacher and mentor. I’m so grateful to have found BetterHelp.

Written by A.L. on May 26, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Fernandez has honestly changed my whole life for the better. As a specialist in many areas, she was able to perceive things about myself and my relationship that I otherwise would never have realized. I have a new diagnosis for something that had gone undiscovered my whole life, and which made things excessively difficult for me, causing me a lot of stress. She's also helped me work through considerable grief and trauma in a year where, even excluding the worldwide pandemic, I already felt like I was drowning. I'm sitting here after our most recent call and it just struck me how happy I feel! Part of it is feeling empowered from this new understanding of myself, and after Dr. F helped me to find ways to address my needs. Despite all the hard things I may be going through, I see a way out, and I feel RELIEF. Apart from this, Dr. F is always friendly and helpful, providing supplementary materials to continue my healing journey beyond our sessions. I'm marveling at how my outlook has changed in just a few short months. It's a blessing.

Written by R.O. on Apr 01, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Fernandez has been extremely helpful. She has given me awesome support and a variety of ways to help me in my situation.

Written by K.R. on Mar 31, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dr. Fernandez is extremely professional, attentive, and understanding. She quickly created a safe space for me to talk and be heard. I feel confident in her expertise and am really looking forward to growing myself with her as my counselor.

Written by A.L. on Jan 31, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Fernandez is amazing! I would 100% recommend her to everyone. She made me feel validated that the stuff I’m going through is real and not that there is something wrong with me. She gave me tools to help control my anxiety, and responded so quickly when I really needed her. In our live video sessions she made me smile when I felt like crying. It truly was like I had someone to turn to that cared for me. She was more than a counselor, and I will always appreciate her. If you’re reading this... choose Dr Fernandez!:)

Written by L.E. on Jan 11, 2021 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and adhd

First time in many years I have felt so comfortable and happy with my therapist, I find better help a bit un affordable at the moment but feel I have finally found the right therapist for me. Dr. Fernandez has made therapy a really nice and truely helpful experience for me! She is wonderful!

Written by S.U. on Dec 11, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Fernandez has been extremely helpful for me, she's super organized and efficient in her methods. She's got a great structure built to be as facilitative as she can be, and provides the right tools to help us maintain a healthy mindset. Would 10/10 recommend
- Sunny P

Written by D.A. on Dec 07, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Fernandez's expertise has helped me a lot in understanding my thoughts and behavior. She listens well and is patient with how I express my thoughts which is crucial for patients new to therapy. Can't recommend Dr. Fernandez enough on BetterHelp

Written by N.I. on Dec 04, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Fernandez is amazing! She is a great listener and communicator, in our time working together she’s helped me in so many different ways. I’ve felt empowered, confident and certain in myself and my abilities as a human being, highly recommended!

Written by C.H. on Nov 25, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Fernandez is spectacular. She is professional, supportive, genuinely kind, and very intelligent. When you're speaking to her, she is very knowledgeable and patient. I have enjoyed working with her immensely.

Written by E.M. on Aug 29, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coaching

Dr. Fernandez is fantastic! She truly listens, and validates me when appropriate, and challenges me when I need it. Even when she challenges me, it's clear that it comes from a place of care, and she keeps me from feeling defensive. I've already made so much progress in a short period of time, and cannot recommend her services enough.

Written by P.A. on Aug 22, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Have only met with Dr. Fernandez a couple of times, but we have meshed very well. She's dynamic, funny, and seems to know her stuff. :-) I look forward to our online sessions, and the articles and information she sends me via email are helpful.

Written by J.E. on Jul 21, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Dr. F gets me and is very resourceful. Every session she points me to resources that can help me further understand my situation more. I am very thankful to have her in my corner!

Written by D.E. on Jul 16, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

Dr. Fernandez has a lot of experience with my issues, so I feel I can trust her expertise. She is a fantastic listener with lots of insight. She really helps me see things more clearly and I always feel better after speaking with her.

Written by L.A. on Jul 12, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Fernandez is so amazing. She listens and responds with practical advice that really helps me address my concerns. She’s highly articulate and knows a lot of people in the community that can assist further if needed. She’s fantastic!

Written by J.E. on Jul 11, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Dr. Fernandez is incredibly insightful and helpful. The match is eerily good. I don’t want to spend ages agonizing over details and wallowing in grief and she’s so solutions oriented. I love it. I’ve seen countless therapists in my life and I’ve never had such a good experience

Written by J.A. on Jun 15, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

Have been talking with DocF for about 3 months now and have found it very helpful so far. She has the expertise and firsthand knowledge to weave through and dig down through whatever may be bothering you, and to provide resources and figure out how best to address it.

Written by B.E. on Jun 07, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

I have had depression and anxiety for over 30 years. I've tried many different therapies from a lot of different therapists and just about every medication anybody could think of... none of it really helped. I was going through one of the darkest periods of my life, and I had ceased functioning. I had begun to accept that I was a broken person, that I had character flaws beyond fixing, that my depression and anxiety were treatment resistant, that I'd never achieve any meaningful goals, that the remainder of my life would simply be about the struggle to make it through one more day.

I decided to give Betterhelp and try because I had nothing to lose. I was matched up with Dr. Fernandez. It did not take her long to suggest that I may have been misdiagnosed, that perhaps I had ADHD Inattentive, and that I should get a 3rd party evaluation. At first I was a bit shocked. Not once in 30+ years of on-and-off therapy with many highly regarded therapists had anybody suggested that I had ADHD. Many other things ranging from cyclothymia to bipolar, but never ADHD.

I made an appointment for an evaluation, and in the weeks leading up, I began to read about adult ADHD and watch YouTube videos. I asked Dr. Fernandez for resources and reading recommendations about ADHD. The more I learned, the more I felt like there were people who understood things about my life that I could not explain. At one point, I walked a TED Talk from Jessica McCabe of the YouTube channel "How To ADHD" and basically broke down in tears, just from feeling like maybe I wasn't crazy. Whether I had ADHD or not, for some reason, implementing the skills I was learning did help my symptoms.

After a 5 hour diagnostic testing sessions, the psychologist confirmed that I definitely had ADHD Inattentive with anxiety and depression. I was still skeptical. Imagine 30 years of people telling you things, and then someone telling you that everyone else was wrong. So I went over my diagnostic results in detail given that symptoms of anxiety and depression can closely mimic ADHD. He showed me how my ADHD mapped and manifested and why it was not just anxiety and depression.

I started taking stimulant medication and combining it with new skills that I was learning. Within a couple of weeks, my anxiety and depression had been reduced to the lowest levels I can remember. I learned that so much of my anxiety and depression occurred because of the unmanaged symptoms of my undiagnosed ADHD. I had been using illicit drugs for many years to cope, something I was never proud of, but it was the best that I had. Within 2 or 3 weeks, I was able to stop using drugs that I had previously assumed I was too addicted to in order to successfully quit. The skills and stimulant medication brought me to a "normal" level of functioning that felt a lot better than drugs ever did.

I was able to complete all of the goals that we developed at the beginning of therapy. The one I am maybe most proud of was the ability to find and keep a job that I love after being hopelessly unemployed for almost a year and fairly certain I would remain that way for reasons I couldn't understand. All in the middle of a pandemic.

It's not an understatement to say that Dr. Fernandez changed my life, if not completely, then at least more substantially than anything else I had tried in 30 years. She was obviously helpful, and always available by chat, along with our scheduled weekly phone calls. I went from feeling like a speeding train with no conductor that was off the rails and headed for a cliff to a functional human. It didn't even take that long. Overall, an amazing experience.

Written by S.H. on May 10, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

My experience with Dr. Fernandez has been completely life-changing. I feel like I have the support and guidance I’ve need so badly for years. I am so grateful to have found a therapist that can help me heal and grow.

Written by A.M. on Apr 13, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ever since our first meeting, I felt confident that Dr. Fernandez knew what she was talking about and led me in the right direction with a clear goal. I appreciate her so much, and plan to continue working together.

Written by V.A. on Apr 11, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I had concerns with online counseling because of feedback from friends, but Dr. Fernandez is incredibly responsive and punctual. She sends out a long list of questions to really understand you and what you're hoping to achieve, and then each session is focused on your specific goals. She seems to really catch on and understand what I mean when I'm babbling, which is a bonus because I do that a lot.

Written by G.E. on Feb 13, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 months on issues concerning anger management, and adhd

Dr. Fernandez has been a huge help in getting me in the direction with my life that I was really unsure of how to correct things. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Written by S.A. on Jan 28, 2020 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Caring, good listener, very interactive!

Written by K.A. on Dec 31, 2019 after therapy with Stella for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Dr. Fernandez is a very patient and caring person. Her approach to therapy is very human and I look forward to my sessions with her. She has helped greatly in helping me deal with my anxiety and is very adept at putting me at ease for me to comfortably talk about and share my issues.

Written by L.I. on Dec 24, 2019 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Fernandez is just awesome and totally gets me. She knows my coping and learning styles and is really helping me with what I’m going through!

Written by L.U. on Dec 16, 2019 after therapy with Stella for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr. Fernandez is a wonderful caring and very knowledgeable therapist. She very clearly and easily understands my areas of concern with regards to health anxiety, recent passing away of my mother and work/life balance and satisfaction and suggests a multitude of ways to work on improving these areas towards my goals. She has been a breath of fresh air and such a positive influence. I would recommended her and the service 1,000%. :)