Stephanie Lara

(LMHC)

About Me

Welcome,

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida. I have worked with children, teens, adults, couples, individuals and families who struggled with depression, anxiety, anger management, substance abuse and addiction, trauma, domestic violence, parent-child relationships, communication problems, eating disorders, grief and loss, personality disorders and so much more. I am also certified in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a Lead Analyst working with children and teens, along with their families in the home, community and school, to address concerns related to their child's diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In my work with clients, I like to use several therapeutic techniques, including some leading psychological modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Art and Play Therapy as well as Applied Behavior Analysis, to ensure that your concerns are always addressed in a way that is most effective for you.

My role as your counselor is to guide you to become the best version of yourself. Healing requires determination, dedication, passion, and empathy and you will find all those within yourself once we begin to work together. As a counselor, I believe you are taking the right step towards a more fulfilling life. You are always welcome to message me anytime through BetterHelp. I am here to help you through this journey.

I look forward to working with you.


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LMHC #MH 18111 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by N.I. on May 03, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is incredibly patient and kind and listens for ways to keep me on track with my goals and reframe my thinking. She is an excellent counselor!

Written by K.I. on Apr 09, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Stephanie is patient, understanding, and skilled! She offers objective and strengths based reflections while focusing on what we can do in the here and now. She's got great insight!

Written by F.L. on Mar 19, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 1 month

I have been talking to her for over a month now and I can confidently say she has made a difference in my day to day. She listens intently and understands all that I have to spew during my sessions. I feel comfortable and accepted. It's nice to know I can talk to someone and not get judged. She has shown me meditation techniques, grounding methods, and has explained words of affirmation to me. I have taken some of these into my life and have felt myself more calm and at peace. She is also super accommodating to my schedule. I've had to cancel sessions a few minutes before and she always finds a time for us to talk. I feel lucky to have been paired up with her and happy to continue my sessions with her.

Written by S.K. on Mar 16, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Working with Stephanie was very, vey positive for me. I cannot afford to keep using betterhelp but in the short amount of time I was able to communicate with her I had significant improvements on my mood. My partner as well has noticed the significant increase in my ability to do things my mental health had sent me into a complete stop for. Stephanie is an amazing listener and easy to trust from my experience. I hope to work with her again in the future to get more work done with my ongoing issue of repressed memories that have been a significant toll on my life. If you see this Stephanie, I cannot thank you enough for how helpful you had been even in the very short time you could help me.

Written by S.Y. on Mar 16, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

She’s been great and i look forward to our sessions every week very helpful

Written by A.L. on Feb 23, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Stephanie has helped me feel comfortable and open up with the process of therapy. She’s attentive, understand and supportive. I have definitely seen improvement and recommend her to anyone that’s looking for results

Written by J.O. on Feb 21, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Amazing.

Written by S.A. on Feb 18, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Stephanie is amazing! She truly is a delight. She pays attention and remembers things from past sessions. She is so encouraging and supportive. 12/10, the best. She deserves all the cookies and wine in the world.

Written by J.A. on Feb 02, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Stephanie's been of great help, having these sessions with her. It's been great hearing different perspectives on the problems I've been having, so I look forward to engaging in more sessions with her. I'd recommend her to others, should they seek counseling.

Written by D.A. on Feb 01, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 months

Stephanie is a great counselor! She's always there when I need her and always has the best advice

Written by S.C. on Jan 31, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 months

Stephanie has been helpful with an open ear and big heart. It's easy to tell that she really cares about what she does. She gets to know you without prying. She offers advice and suggestions without being demanding. She has a broad base of knowledge, and the heart and mind to put it to good use. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future and would recommend her to someone I don't know.

Written by C.R. on Jan 31, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and adhd

She is amazing! I was searching for someone who is rounded in all my needs and she is the one. She has helped me a lot in a short amount of time. She listens and is understanding. I HIGHLY suggest her as a counselor.

Written by J.U. on Jan 31, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 days

She is so kind and caring and talks to you as a friend rather than a therapist. She answers quick and makes you feel like you're not alone! I have been so happy with my experience with her so far!

Written by R.E. on Jan 31, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, and adhd

I feel comfortable with her but I prefer over phone session next time

Written by T.I. on Jan 19, 2021 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

She has been very great understands my concerns

Written by K.R. on Dec 31, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is incredible! Took me 3 or 4 therapists before her & when I started talking to her, I immediately knew that she was different. She was everything I was looking for. She is caring and listens! She talks to you as a friend and not a client. I am forever grateful for her and BH!!

Written by A.N. on Dec 27, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I have only had one session but I am very optimistic!

Written by E.R. on Dec 20, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Stephanie is knowledgeable, patient and always available to listen to all my concerns and questions. In these months that we have been working g together I have perceived a noticeable difference in a way my anxiety works, and our sessions are a very important part of my week. I am extremely happy with her support and I am glad to have her as my counselor.

Written by P.U. on Nov 18, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

I have been With BetterHelp and Ms. Stephanie for about two months now. Each session has been getting better than the last. I love that she gives me the chance to discuss my present concerns in each session. She’s been wise and I greatly appreciate that she’s willing to share from a Christian point of view as that is similar to my own. After every session with her I feel better and lighter with my thoughts in order. All in all she’s been awesome! 10/10 would recommend!

Written by E.L. on Oct 21, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Laura is very understanding, patient, and caring. I trust that she has my best interest at heart. I can count on her being understanding when I need to reschedule. She affirms all the positive effects happening in my life and helps me deal with the negative in a healthy, more positive matter than by myself.

Written by E.L. on Oct 12, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Stephanie is an amazing counselor. She has definitely made a difference in my life and mental health, and I would recommend her to anyone!

Written by B.R. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

I can't say enough good things about Stephanie. I shared with her that I almost gave up trying to find a good therapist because I had been through so many terrible ones. She was worth all of the frustration.. she responds quickly and makes herself available to best accommodate me. She's professional but doesn't make you feel intimidated or uncomfortable to share personal details. She's not the typical "how does that make you feel?" type therapist. Would DEFINITELY recommend. I brag about her to my friends all of the time and I don't ever want to stop therapy (like I used to do all of the time). Thank you for giving me hope in therapy Stephanie!

Written by K.I. on Aug 01, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

I’ve had an excellent experience working with Stephanie so far! She’s super relatable and I have no issues opening up to her , highly recommend

Written by J.O. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Stephanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Stephanie has been very supportive in giving me opportunities to work through issues and develop tools to turn negative thought patterns into positive ones dealing with my challenges.