I am licensed in California with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with LGBT-related issues, relationship issues, parenting issues, & bipolar disorder. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Paranoia, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 21379
Dr.Lovato has been very helpful. He is kind, patient, and always finds the root of a problem/issue to help me progress.
Written on Oct 18, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
I have been working with Dr. Lovato for a couple of sessions now and he has been such a refreshing therapist. I feel both comfortable and challenged to grow as I continue to work with him.
Written on Oct 06, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
I have seen therapists on and off throughout my life but Dr. Lovato is the first that really seems to understand my problems and gets right to the essence. I feel he has done more for me in a couple of months than all my other therapists put together.
Written on Sep 07, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem
Dr. Lovato is amazing he definitely knows how to approach situations and has helped me tremendously since I've joined, thanks to him I've been better and happier.
Written on Jun 15, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes
Dr. Lovato has an insight to what I might really be dealing with. I appreciate his approach of asking me to consider new behavior but I don't feel pressured to do so.
Written on May 26, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, lgbt, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management
Dr. Lovato has been great so far. I am comfortable speaking with him about any and all things going on in my life. He is holding me accountable to myself, all while being patient.
Written on May 16, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd