Stephanie Longtain is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in providing guidance to pre-teens/teenagers and young adults as they transition from childhood to adolescence and adolescence to adulthood. These developmental stages are filled with uncertainty around roles, identity, and intimacy. She helps her clients and their families learn to navigate challenges such as confusion about self, reduced awareness, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal problems, and family/school issues. Although these times are difficult, she brings humor and authenticity to her practice. Her areas of expertise include treatment of mood/depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, as well as maladaptive behaviors (non-suicidal self injury, addiction, anger, avoidance, self-sabotage, negative self-talk, distorted body image, and impulsive behaviors).
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1999 and a Master of Science in Social Work in 2010. She has over ten years of social work experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various settings. She worked in a school setting with at-risk children dealing with family issues, establishing peer connections, bullying, and academic struggles. She practiced in both inpatient psychiatric and residential treatment settings providing individual, group, and family therapy to individuals struggling with acute mental illness, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, and personality disorders. While working for Memorial Hermann on their psychiatric response team, she provided psychiatric evaluations, suicide risk assessments, and crisis intervention to hospital patients of all ages. After working in a variety of settings for many years, Stephanie joined Julia’s Counseling to provide therapy to adolescents, young adults, and their families.
She is knowledgeable in many theoretical frameworks and interventions and considers herself an eclectic or integrative therapist. She has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is in the process of becoming certified through Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Credentialing and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA). DBT is a treatment which combines Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Eastern principles. DBT teaches clients how to accept the reality of their life while also changing maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns. Stephanie will assist her clients in learning mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills so they can manage their lives in more constructive ways. “DBT assumes that people are doing their best but lack the skills needed to succeed”.
Stephanie is very passionate about a holistic approach to therapy. Mindfulness and bibliotherapy are incorporated into as much of her work as possible as well as an emphasis on proper sleep, diet/nutrition and exercise. These ideas seem simple, but require a commitment to openness and practice. The research suggests that the therapeutic alliance (relationship between client and therapist) is the best predictor of treatment success. For this reason, Stephanie focuses on establishing an authentic, open, non-judgmental relationship with all of her clients.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBSWE) – License 56533
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certified (DBTC) – “IN PROGRESS”
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Intensive DBT Training by Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Member, Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA)