Meet New Therapist Stephanie Larson

Stephanie Larson, LICSW, has joined JFS as a therapist in the Counseling and Community Chaplaincy department. She will assess and treat a wide range of mental health issues for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Stephanie is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has served as psychotherapist for a diverse array of clients since 2019. She works with people of all identities and backgrounds across the life span. She is passionate about working with older adults and their families. Stephanie works collaboratively with clients to develop their own goals, while using a variety of treatment approaches tailored uniquely for each individual, couple or family. Stephanie has a very holistic counseling style, often focused on the strengths each of her clients possess for seeing their way through life challenges. Her areas of clinical interest include, but are not limited to, trauma, caregiver fatigue, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ+ concerns, life adjustments, end-of-life, grief and women’s issues. She is basic trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), an evidence-based approach for reducing the negative and often enduring effects of trauma.

“It is an honor to walk alongside my clients on their unique journeys,” said Stephanie. “I believe the therapeutic relationship and self-accountability are equally important to personal growth. It is important my clients feel comfortable, safe, and able to be vulnerable during our work. Many clients have shared with me that they appreciate my empathetic, supportive, straightforward and genuine character. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities combined with an integrative approach to provide customized care to each person as they work through difficulties and gain a deeper sense of self and their challenges. I believe collaboration in the therapeutic relationship allows the client to trust themselves to do the work of therapy.”

“Stephanie comes to us with a variety of professional and life experiences that are ideally suited to her new job,” said Counseling Director Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP, “but most importantly, she is a thoughtful, caring, compassionate, sensitive person who is firmly grounded emotionally and easy to connect with interpersonally.”

Stephanie will help Dr. Wittenberg and therapist Beth Johnson address the significant client waiting list for Counseling.