Stephan Idris Mambazo


About Me

Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty-years, with more than twenty-years as a licensed clinician. I am a twice-graduate of Temple University School of Social Work in Philadelphia, earning bachelor and master degrees in social work. Additionally, I have successfully completed the required coursework and comprehensive examinations for the PhD in Counseling Studies (all but dissertation) at Capella University. My primary focus of practice is helping those with challenges through various grief and loss issues, particularly after traumatic loss(es), e.g., homicide, suicide, disaster/public emergency, domestic violence, and racial/gender hate. I am a subject matter expert in the areas of grief and trauma-informed care. I also have significant experience with relationship issues, couples counseling, and domestic/intimate partner violence/abuse in its various forms. I have more than 10 years in disaster mental health. And I am an effective sexual health interventionist with couples and individuals.

I am a person of faith, but by no means dogmatic. Faith only comes into the realm of my practice when you want/desire it, not when I do. I am LGBTQI affirming and safe!!! I do not judge or moralize in my practice, or my personal life. I strive to apply the same authenticity professionally, I strive to live personally. I am here to help you along your experience journey. I cannot do it for you. That said, I believe that together we will unleash the power and insight already within you for your best desired outcome from our therapeutic interactions together.

My counseling style is warm, interactive, and person-centered. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines empathic cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapies. Together, we will develop a treatment/service plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

I applaud your courage to travel beyond the familiar to enter this journey with me into the unknown/unfamiliar. I believe you will not regret the choice you have now made.

Looking forward to our journey toward greater emotional health!

Stepha Idris Mambazo


  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Relationship, Family, Intimacy-related, Self esteem, Depression

Years of Experience: 20


LICSW #3796C (Expires: 2019-07-31)


Written by P.A. on Nov 14, 2017 after counseling with Stephan for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and bipolar

Stephan's resume is ridiculously fantastic! However I am more interested in his relationship with me and how he can help me. So far he's been fantastic even though I have been quite evasive because I'm just fearful or guarded, online cousenling is new to me. Not once thus far has he given up on me! He is polite, respectful and smart. He is street smart and elegant. In this very short amount of time, he gets me, and by the grace of God I am so thankful for that. He partnered us together from the get-go!

Written by P.H. on Sep 29, 2017 after counseling with Stephan for 2 months grief

Stephan has helped me to begin recovery from my grief after the sudden death of my husband. I now know it is normal to experience what I have felt and that it is possible to live through a catastrophic loss. And not just survive, but really live. Stephan is very empathetic and his own loss experiences make him very compassionate. Being able to contact him whenever I need some help is very reassuring. One on one counseling has been the best option for me and I highly recommend both Stephan and Better Help.

Written by T.A. on Aug 26, 2017 after counseling with Stephan for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Stephan is professional, kind and I know that if I follow his plan for long term treatment I will get back on a solid path towards my journey!

Written by N.A. on Jun 29, 2017 after counseling with Stephan for 4 weeks depression, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Stephan is an awesome counselor and a very kind person!

Written by U.S. on Jun 25, 2017 after counseling with Stephan for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, and intimacy-related

Stephan has been a huge support through my difficult times. He's caring, professional, highly competent, and extremely respectful. I'm very happy to get to work with him.