Stephanie Bigham

(LCSW)

About Me

It is often said that courage is found in unlikely places. Welcome to Better Help! I applaud your courage today! I know that this approach is quite different from a traditional outpatient therapy setting. I frequently tell the individuals that I work with that if "Plan A" doesn't work to just remember that the alphabet has 25 more letters! In other words, don't ever stop seeking life changes or asking for HELP when needed. There is often more than one solution to a problem and it is all about collaboration with that "just right" professional. I'm sure you're wondering if this approach will be a good fit for you, too.

A little bit about me. My name is Stephanie Bigham. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the beautiful state of North Carolina. I grew up in Florida but have resided in N.C. for over a decade. I attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Sociology and Minors in Psychology / Education. I went on to receive my Master of Social Work Degree from Florida International University. I am also a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. I have worked in many settings including a mental health clinic for individuals with developmental delays, a hospital / NICU, a respite program, a private practice office and a classroom. I have been a full time "stay at home mom" and also worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-5. My perspective is unique in that my career path has expanded outside of the traditional Mental Health pathway.

I use a mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy approach to treatment in order to guide individuals to become more self- aware. I help individuals to notice their thoughts, feelings and attitudes in a direct but nonjudgmental way. By tracking and noticing dysfunctional thoughts one may obtain relief from feelings of stress, anxiety, depression or conflict. I require active participation as well as collaboration and often give homework to explore between sessions. I also take a psycho-eduacational approach to treatment as education also leads to awareness and helps individuals learn better techniques for coping with stressful life situations.

My specific areas of expertise include: Stress/Anxiety, Parenting Issues, Family Conflict, Relationship / Divorce Issues, Motivation/ Self-confidence, Coping with life changes, Depression and Grief /loss. I also work with individuals experiencing career difficulties or seeking Professional Coaching.

I leave you with one final quote from the great Vince Lombardi, "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up!" I look forward to working with you on this journey of introspection, growth and change.


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C005409 (Expires: 2022-06-30)


Reviews

Written by G.W. on May 03, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I've always had a keen sense of first impressions. When I first spoke with Melanie, via phone session, I immediately felt a

Written by S.A. on Apr 17, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and grief

Stephanie was super helpful for me, she isn't judgemental and makes you feel heard. She is a very kind person that truly wants to help people.

Written by E.R. on Apr 02, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I have been talking to Stephanie for a little over 2 weeks and one of the things that I love the most so far is that she empathizes with me and I FEEL HEARD. We have had 2 sessions so far and I am going to do my best to keep this commitment with her. I love that she tries her absolute best to accommodate with my work schedule and if she has cancellations She let’s me know. I love that so much. Communication is so important to me and I feel like she is in this with me 110%. I’m looking forward to continuing our sessions and seeing where this path takes us.

Written by E.R. on Nov 30, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

My favorite thing about Stephanie is she actively sets me up for success in addressing my mental health. I have specific goals that I came to her with and she has very gently steered toward correcting those issues and also learning so much about myself. It’s amazing. In 3-4 sessions I feel more progress than I ever have with a therapist before.

Written by S.Y. on Oct 15, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Stephanie is a great listener, extremely thoughtful and helpful! I’ve really appreciated our sessions.

Written by J.E. on Sep 23, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

She is well rounded and very respectful of my thoughts and needs.

Written by R.E. on Jul 27, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She’s insightful, understanding, and listens well

Written by T.R. on Jun 24, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Stephanie was a great help to me during a very stressful & difficult time in my life....coping with a separation & future divorce, loss of my job, and loss of my beloved best friend --- my pet. Stephanie was easy to talk to and was a great listener. She always provided sound advice & different ways for me to look at things-- putting them in perspective. I definitely recommend her!

Written by A.U. on Jun 17, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes

She is very wonderful and has been helping me thru my problems. Highly recommend Stephanie!

Written by I.A. on Jun 15, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Stephanie has been incredibly helpful to me during a tumultuous time in my life. She listens well and offers exercises and new perspectives. I'm incredibly thankful for our conversations.

Written by E.L. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Stephanie is a wonderful resource for me in my mental wellness work. She's great at keeping me accountable to have sessions AND to continually build off learnings I've accomplished about myself. She insightful, honest, and personable. Highly recommend her!

Written by K.R. on Jun 08, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Stephanie is very understanding and really helpful. She's very available and accommodating.

Written by E.L. on Jun 06, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Stephanie has been a lifeline for me. She is genuinely interested in what is happening in my life and her perspective has been invaluable.

She always finds a teachable moment, even if things are going really well at that time. She's really helping me look at situations with a clearer view through her insight. She is professional, kind and so thoughtful. I'm so glad I found her.

Written by K.U. on May 21, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues

She is kind, thoughtful, and intelligent. I am better as a result of her incites.

Written by C.A. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Stephanie has been great so far. She listens and responds by summarizing your feelings so that you know she understands. She also makes you take a hard look at yourself.

Written by M.O. on Apr 23, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Stephanie has been a wonderful counselor. She is able to pinpoint what I’m doing and help me adjust these habits in a clear, manageable way. Stephanie is prompt and keeps communication regular between appointments. I am very grateful for her help!

Written by D.A. on Apr 15, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd

Stephanie Bigham was really great and had good insight for me and the issues I was experiencing.

Written by R.O. on Feb 27, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coaching

Stephanie is such great support for me. She is a kind and mindful thought and accountability partner, and I have been benefiting greatly from my sessions with her for the past 3 months!

Written by E.R. on Feb 05, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is very helpful! I have been working with her for the past month, and she is helping me sort through a lot of difficult feelings. She is patient and has good ideas and suggestions.

Written by S.A. on Dec 19, 2019 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Stephanie is courteous, professional, timely, and understanding. She always asks very good leading questions that help me work through my thoughts and emotions without influencing the end result. I can always count on her to be actively listening without fail and always ensures we've been able to fully explore the thoughts that are present before progressing the conversation. Absolutely the best therapist I've worked with so far.

Written by M.A. on Dec 04, 2019 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

She listens deeply to what I am saying and connects ideas so that I can see things in a different light. She has been so helpful. She used worksheets and assignments to help me along. I am thrilled with Stephanie.

Written by N.I. on Nov 05, 2019 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Stephanie is a very well rounded counselor. Not over bearing and will listen and comprehend what you have to say.