I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with both a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree with over 15 years experience as a psychotherapist and as a psychiatric crisis specialist. I am also a geriatric mental health specialist and a child mental health specialist.
My treatment approaches include cognitive-behavioral methods, problem solving techniques, mindfulness work, life-review processes and self-esteem building and anxiety-decreasing talk
I have a warm, caring style and way of talking that is supportive, helpful and relevant to the
client's life and includes the client's own needs, concerns, and goals for basically feeling better
about their own lives, the lives of their loved ones, and their lives in the future.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LMHC #LH 00003646 (Expires: 2020-07-31)
I've worked with Stephen for 397 days as I write this message, and I couldnt have asked for a more wonderful person to have help me in my life. His openness to help is absolutely unmatched in anything that I've seen in my life. I can't begin to describe the leaps and bounds that he's helped me achieve as a person and as a husband. Thank you so much for all the help you've given me, Stephen. You're an absolutely fantastic mentor.
Stephen is a wonderful counselor! He creates a comfortable counseling environment, is easy to talk to, listens attentively, and is very caring. He has helped me through several issues, both big and small, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Stephen is always kind, dependable, listens well, and helpful using various methods. He is very easy to talk to. I was lucky to be assigned to him and hope that there are many others benefitting from his expertise and kindness.
I entered BetterHelp therapy skeptical and unsure if it would help me at all. I was surprised about how much Stephen did for me in only a few months, so I decided to keep having sessions with him and now after two years I can confidently tell you that with his help I've overcome and resolved many issues along the way. Stephen is very professional and sincerely cares about what you have on your mind. He is flexible when scheduling sessions and quick to answer. Thank you very much, Stephen.
Stephen demonstrates his commitment to helping in many ways and has been a big help to get through challenging times
Stephen is very patient. He gives full-time to understand your concerns, listen to your concerns and acts like a friend who cares for your concerns. His methodology is simple to follow. He is flexible with timings and mode of communication which makes very easy to schedule appointments and communicate with him.
I have been working with Stephen for a year and a half and he has helped me tremendously get through some stressful life situations
Great listener! Helps you out the best that he can whenever you have a hard time. He usually is always there for you which always helps a lot! When you loose out on hope he always shows you away to find the end of the tunnel!
Stephen has been incredibly dependable, flexible to my often shifting schedule, he's very professional, and he is legitimately caring to help me find the answers and perspectives I may need to gain some real personal progress. I very much appreciate Stephen's help and time, and most of all, his deep care for others.
When wrestling with the problems of life it is important to have an empathetic and supportive person to listen, coach, and suggest ideas. I appreciate Stephen Zahra's passion for helping other people, willingness to be flexible, and directing me to resources that I otherwise would not have pursued. He has been a valuable partner in my growth and recovery from debilitating anxiety and depression.
Stephen is foremost a professional and respectful counselor. He is a great support and has effective means to assist when in crisis. He is incredibly flexible, patient, and diligent in his services. I highly recommend him!
Stephen always responds within the same day and goes out of his way to help me with my issues. He gives me exercises that has helped me out a lot. He is also very supportive
Stephen has been very helpful and understanding. As someone new to therapy in general it has been refreshing to interact with someone who is professional, personable, and knowledgeable.
He’s such a nice person and you can tell he really cares about you and all of his clients
Stephen is a very patient and understanding counselor. I appreciate his ability to focus on the positive and to keep me always looking in that direction.
Stephen helped me with a Mantra that was extremely helpful for my anxiety issues. He was attentive and knowledgeable and offered great help.
He's been great. Respectful and prompt.
Stephen has helped me through some of the hardest years of my life. He helped my husband and I to save our marriage and work through almost 20 years of hurt and anger. Stephen is willing to help at anytime and has always been available during a crisis. I'm thankful to God that he is in our lives.
Very nice and caring person. Thank you. Highly recommended.
Stephen is kind and professional. He listens and does his best to help out.
Stephen is great at listening to one's needs and allowing complete lack of judgement. He always replies to my messages much faster than anticipated and that alone really helps facilitate an environment in which I can express the most abstract thought and turn it into a clearly expressed thought or emotion. I've had a few light bulb moments in my sessions with Stephen and I truly feel more grounded in just the few weeks I have had Stephen as a therapist.
Caring,patient,flexible and very professional.
Stephen has been very helpful from the start. He has provided me with excellent exercises to do that have significantly knocked down my anxiety. He is caring and compassionate and very reliable. This was my first experience with online counseling, and I definitely recommend it.
Stephen is supportive, timely and professional. He has great insight and cares.
He has been very helpful and I will continue to use the services while I am sorting out my live.
My experience with Stephen has been all good. We are new to one another, but I feel a positive connection with him.
Stephen's approach has been a very good fit for me and my therapy needs. He strikes the perfect balance between being supportive and pushing me to address areas of stress or discomfort in my life. His gently guiding questions and nonjudgmental conversational style have allowed me to feel very comfortable in opening up during our conversations.
I was starting to think there wasn’t anyone I could be open with about my issues, but Stephen never downgrades my feelings. He gave me a new way to think about it.
It was a big deal for me admitting to myself I needed help. And just as difficult to keep that first appointment. But Stephen was brilliant, he provided reassurance and gave me the confidence to continue what i'd started.
He introduced me to tools to help me rationalise and understand life and my perceptions. Most importantly he helped me with self esteem and believing in myself.
This experience has undoubtedly been one of the most positive of my life.
A very big thank you to Stephen for guiding me in the right direction.
Mr. Zahra's patience with me is never-ending, as is his compassion and understanding. I'm lucky and anyone who is fortunate enough to have Mr. Zahra as their counsellor is very lucky indeed.
I have anxiety, and Stephen was always very kind and helped me through my problems, helping me to look at both sides of it and make the proper decisions. He helped me to calm myself down and we work together on a few "achievement" exercises, which improved enormously my work-life.
I have enjoyed working with Stephen, he is a very good listener. Every time I speak with him he comes up with a solution to my problem and is able to send me an article or give me some guidance that is very insightful and useful.
I entered into a therapy skeptical and unsure of it's practices, and I had many issues to resolve. From childhood complexed PTSD to marriage issues and low self esteem, problems at work and life stresses. I was pleasantly surprised about Stephens approach, and understanding and practical advices. Stephen had talk to me once a week and once a week he spend talking to my wife and I as well. His advices and practices helped us to see our problems from a different view and thought us to better communications that lead us to express our selves better and resolve our issues. We have successfully completed our sessions and I feel like I am in stronger relationship, we have learn to communicate and resolve issues more peaceful and practical way, and I feel personally, through Stephen guidance, as a more balanced and happier person. Stephen takes interested in you immediately from a beginning and listens intently your issues and problems and gives you wisdom on how to come up with solutions. Thank you Stephen Zahra
It was my first experience of actually speaking to a therapist. Shephen showed his interest, care, compassion and an aspiration to help me. He is a very good listener, and what matters most to me - he is honest. I really loved talking to him.
Stephen has talked me through a lot of my ups and downs. He's very helpful, kind, supportive and insightful. He has helped me take control of my life in a very real way and encouraged me to take steps that have improved my life.
Stephen handles this new approach very well, so you’ll feel at ease quickly and without realizing it. Stephen has also helped with ADHD issues, which had become a major stumbling block. Issues were resolved very quickly. I can highly recommend him, especially as he goes the extra mile to help.
He is fast to pick up problems and he is obviously experienced and knowledgeable.
Extremely caring, compassionate and thoughtful. Goes the extra mile to help.
When I first began therapy with Stephen I felt broken, sad, and lonely. Now I feel empowered, positive, and supported. I look forward to communicating with Stephen on a regular basis. Having him a part of my healing process has been amazing! Stephen has used unique cognitive-behavioral techniques while working with me. These techniques have helped me become more aware of my "identity", and stronger in the process of expressing my identity, my true self!! I am eternally grateful for Stephen!!! He makes me feel whole, heard, and important!! Stephen Zahra is a true example of what a mental health professional truly is!!!
Stephen is very easy to talk with. We have just begun meeting and he has already provided many thought provoking ideas to help improve the quality of my life. I'm glad we connected.
Amazing counselor. Listens and he's attentive. He cares and it shows.
So far, I have enjoyed my correspondence with Stephen. He has been very understanding and seems to know exactly what to do to make me see what is going on in my head. I enjoy my live sessions with him.
Fantastic so far! Always keen to try something new and clearly driven to genuinely help his patients.
Stephen has provided much help for my husband and I.
We're working our way through many years of abuse from many different people. In just the last few weeks I've gone from feeling like I was just waiting for something to happen or waiting for death to come to starting to live my life again. And he's made a lot of my feelings and observations in my life feel validated.
Stephen is very helpful and obviously cares about his clients quite a bit. He provides practical advice that allows his clients to adapt their own behavior and understanding of their situation. I have very much appreciated his guidance.
Amazing doctor! Very intuitive, smart, and patient. Just amazing!
He is an amazing counselor. He's worked with me through so many of my issues whenever I needed him to be. He's been very flexible with my changing schedule. I find him to be very comforting and honest while still being helpful and guiding.
Stephen is a caring, thoughtful and a very understanding counsellor who has so far helped me with hidden issues I have and helped me to find the hidden fighter within. He has helped me to balance this with a peaceful side of me that balances it all out. Balance is everything.
Thank you Stephen
I've only had one session but Stephen was amazing. I've had face to face in the past but for some reason, I never get another appointment arranged after the first session. Stephen has already made me feel that little bit more confident and stronger as a person. I do actually prefer that it's online too. I find writing more relaxing.
I just started with Stephen and I really like the sessions so far. He challenges my beliefs and points of view. His advice is very succinct and helpful. Thank you.
Stephen is great. Very helpful and pleasant to talk with. I mostly appreciate his flexibility and punctuality for our meetings. Also that he has helped me a great deal so far with the recovery process through our meetings. Special thanks to Stephen!
Stephen was always there to listen to my issues and give several solutions to my issues. He really paid attention. Thanks Stephen!!
I like Stephen's approach and the way he pulls ideas out so I can cope.
Stephen worked with me with some issues I've had for many years. After a month, I feel so much better. Anyone matched up with Stephen will be in excellent hands.
Stephen wants to make sure you're comfortable during your sessions, and are getting the full benefits of your expectations in talking with a counselor.
Stephen is really great with listening to your problems that you are facing and gives great suggestions on how you can go about fixing them. However somethings might not work out for you but he always finds away to make you feel ok and safe and that life is a challenge and not everything is going to work out. He helps me to be stronger in myself and to be ok for now sometimes being just ok is better than being not ok.
Stephen Zahra makes himself incredibly available and is far more responsive and engaged than I could have expected. He has been very helpful to me and I consider working with him to be a great use of my time.
He has been extremely helpful!
Very patient and works with patients according to their needs. Listens carefully and understands them. Does not mind scheduling additional sessions when needed to spend more time with the patients.
He's very kind. And has given me multiple tips to help calm myself when I feel down or anxious. He's an awesome counselor!
Very attentive and helpful.
Steve is a wonderful person. So compassionate and so helpful. Great listener and really has a great perspective on life. Wonderful person!
He's down to earth, works on one topic at a time. He tries to work on your best interest never bias.
I think Stephen is one of those people who can make a difference.
Stephen is a great experienced and sensitive therapist. He is guiding me through the solution of significant personal problems, dedicating me lots of thoughts and time in a very caring way. I can only recommend to contact him for your problems.
Stephen helped me narrow my focus onto one topic at a time. This helped me to focus on what was truly important in my life, and I have been able to move forward and accomplish amazing things. My life has certainly turned for the better because of my work with Stephen.