Stephen Zahra

(LMHC)

About Me

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
therapy sessions.

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression

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

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #LH 00003646 (Expires: 2019-07-05)


Reviews

Written by A.N. on Nov 16, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

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.

Written by D.O. on Nov 01, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 9 months on issues concerning depression, and self esteem

He is always available and very understanding. He tries to help me in every way he can.

Written by E.M. on Sep 30, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months

He’s such a nice person and you can tell he really cares about you and all of his clients

Written by M.I. on Sep 27, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

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.

Written by W.E. on Aug 29, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 years and 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, self esteem, career, bipolar, and depression

Stephen helped me with a Mantra that was extremely helpful for my anxiety issues. He was attentive and knowledgeable and offered great help.

Written by A.L. on Aug 15, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, and grief

Stephen is the most caring and thoughtful counselor I have ever had the privilege of working with. During each session he spends time carefully listening to my various problems and helping me understand them from a different perspective. I leave each session feeling so calm and relaxed, it’s truly wonderful. Thank you, Stephen!!

Written by X.O. on Aug 08, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, parenting, self esteem, and career

He's been great. Respectful and prompt.

Written by S.U. on Jul 23, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family, and depression

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.

Written by A.N. on Jul 17, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 years and 11 months

Very nice and caring person. Thank you. Highly recommended.

Written by S.A. on Jul 16, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Stephen is kind and professional. He listens and does his best to help out.

Written by K.A. on Jul 11, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, and eating

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.

Written by B.R. on Jun 20, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Caring,patient,flexible and very professional.

Written by J.E. on Jun 13, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, parenting, self esteem, and career

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.

Written by G.A. on May 25, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

Stephen is supportive, timely and professional. He has great insight and cares.

Written by J.A. on Apr 10, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks

He has been very helpful and I will continue to use the services while I am sorting out my live.

Written by E.M. on Mar 08, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Stephen is helping me tremendously.

Written by E.R. on Mar 03, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating, and self esteem

My experience with Stephen has been all good. We are new to one another, but I feel a positive connection with him.

Written by D.A. on Feb 09, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

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.

Written by L.I. on Jan 11, 2018 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

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.

Written by C.A. on Dec 28, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and anger

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.

Written by L.I. on Nov 29, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, eating, sleeping, self esteem, career, bipolar, and depression

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.

Written by N.I. on Nov 27, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

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.

Written by J.U. on Nov 19, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem

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.

Written by D.R. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

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

Written by M.N. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 2 days

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.

Written by K.A. on Sep 25, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

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.

Written by A.L. on Sep 19, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and eating

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.

Written by R.O. on Sep 19, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Therapy was new to me so I did not know what to expect., but Stephen has helped me far more than I expected anyone could. I have spent years trying to fix my personal problems by myself in vain. For the first time in a long time I feel some real and lasting improvements. Thanks mate.

Written by H.E. on Jul 19, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping, and self esteem

He is fast to pick up problems and he is obviously experienced and knowledgeable.

Written by N.I. on Jun 22, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Extremely caring, compassionate and thoughtful. Goes the extra mile to help.

Written by D.E. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

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!!!

Written by C.A. on Jun 17, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

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.

Written by E.L. on Jun 13, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 1 month

Amazing counselor. Listens and he's attentive. He cares and it shows.

Written by T.O. on Jun 11, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, and career

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.

Written by A.R. on Apr 12, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Fantastic so far! Always keen to try something new and clearly driven to genuinely help his patients.

Written by S.U on Mar 05, 2017 after counseling with Stephen for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family, and depression

Stephen has provided much help for my husband and I.

Written by J.O on Dec 14, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and eating

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.

Written by J.O on Sep 28, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

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.

Written by V.I on Sep 14, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

Amazing doctor! Very intuitive, smart, and patient. Just amazing!

Written by K.I on Sep 06, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, career, and depression

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.

Written by S.T on Aug 26, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, and anger

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

Written by S.T on Aug 14, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

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.

Written by N.A on Aug 03, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning eating, and self esteem

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.

Written by N.I on Jul 13, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, and career

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!

Written by G.L on Jun 06, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating, self esteem, anger, and depression

Stephen was always there to listen to my issues and give several solutions to my issues. He really paid attention. Thanks Stephen!!

Written by J.I on Apr 28, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

I like Stephen's approach and the way he pulls ideas out so I can cope.

Written by P.I on Apr 25, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

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.

Written by L.A on Apr 19, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, career, and depression

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.

Written by G.I on Apr 10, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

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.

Written by E.R on Apr 05, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning relationship, family, and parenting

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.

Written by S.A on Mar 10, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and depression

He has been extremely helpful!

Written by B.I on Mar 09, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

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.

Written by C.A on Feb 28, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and depression

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!

Written by D.E on Feb 12, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and depression

Very attentive and helpful.

Written by V.I on Jan 12, 2016 after counseling with Stephen for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, family, and parenting

Steve is a wonderful person. So compassionate and so helpful. Great listener and really has a great perspective on life. Wonderful person!

Written by T.R on Dec 27, 2015 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and grief

He's down to earth, works on one topic at a time. He tries to work on your best interest never bias.

Written by T.I on Nov 28, 2015 after counseling with Stephen for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

I think Stephen is one of those people who can make a difference.

Written by L.A on Oct 31, 2015 after counseling with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, grief, self esteem, anger, and career

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.

Written by M.I on Jul 26, 2015 after counseling with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning self esteem

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.