About

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Hello, I’m Stephanie Villarreal.

Let’s face it. Finding the right therapist is hard. You probably have 17 tabs open on your internet browser right now, each with a different therapist’s website, and you’re wondering, “How will I know which one is the right fit?”

The goodness of fit is important in therapy. Some say it’s the most important factor related to the success of the therapy.

That’s why it is my number one priority.

To help you figure out whether I’m the right fit for you, here is some information about me…

  • My therapeutic style is both compassionate and direct, allowing for a supportive yet challenging environment in therapy. You’re not coming to therapy to be talked down to, but you also don’t want to be treated with kid-gloves. If this sounds like you, I might be right for you.
  • I’m a Millennial. You could probably find dozens of therapists in Atlanta who have decades of experience doing therapy. I not only have a solid background of experience, I also can relate to a lot of what my clients are talking about because we have a lot in common. If you’d like a therapist who understands and gets the challenges you face as a young adult, we might be a great fit.
  • As an advocate for social justice, I am welcoming of all people diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and disabilities. I am a LGBTQ ally and I strive to make therapy affirming of any individual or couple who walks into my office. If you are a minority and/or have faced oppression, and want a therapist who will make you feel safe and valued, I could be the therapist for you.
  • I’m a human being too. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, singing in an a cappella group, and trying new recipes from my favorite cookbooks with my partner.

“That’s all well and good, but where did you get your degree?”

I’m way ahead of you! Here is the other info you may be looking for…

Credentials and Past Experience

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Georgia License # MFT001662)
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Graduate training at the Bette D. Harris Clinic at the Family Institute in Evanston, IL
  • Specialized internship in CBT & DBT for children and adolescents with anxiety
  • Community Program internship providing in-home therapy to underprivileged families
  • Clinical Fellow member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Social Media Chair of the Georgia Board of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Member of the Atlanta LGBTQ Therapist Resource
  • Externship training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples
  • Outpatient Therapist at Peachford Hospital (2016-2018)
  • Family Therapist at St. Jude’s Recovery Center (2017-2019)

 

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