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, Personality Disorders, 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: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CA LMFT 21379
Dr. Lovato was amazing and helped me reconnect with my estranged Father. Highly recommend!
Written on Jan 31, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd
I feel very luck that I was matched with Dr. Lovato. He is a great listener and understands where I am coming from and what I wish to accomplish with my therapy sessions. He is very insightful and has a lot of experience to pull from. He helps me to become aware of things I have not thought of yet which is priceless.
Written on Jan 20, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching
Dr. Lovato is very caring. Our first session went over the allowance of time. He did not care but just wanted to help me without overtime pay even I offered.
He sent me many follow up messages to check on me and gave me suggestions.
I had very limited experience with psychology therapy but this is the best experience. I feel he really care about his patients and wants to help.
He is the best.
Written on Jan 18, 2023 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and family conflicts
Dr lovato is very caring and understanding. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a medical professional of any field actually try to listen and understand.
Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
Dr. Lovato isn't going to tell you what you want to hear. It's only been a few sessions, but I appreciate the accountability and advice. That's really all I have to offer. My experiences have all been positive.
Written on Oct 31, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
He is extremely kind and considerate and makes sure I feel like I am heard. He is like a father figure but also acts as a devil's advocate when necessary. He has helped me grow immensely from our sessions and has allowed me to find a way to forgive myself. He is someone I would recommend to any family member or friend.
Written on Oct 26, 2022 after therapy with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd