Stephanie Longtain is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in providing guidance to teenagers and young adults as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. These developmental stages are filled with uncertainty around roles, identify, 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 disorders, anxiety disorders, high school and college transition/preparedness, as well as maladaptive behaviors (non-suicidal self injury, substance abuse, anger, avoidance, distorted body image, and attention-seeking).
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 recently begun the process of becoming Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certified (DBTC). DBT is a treatment which combines Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Eastern principles. DBT teaches clients how to accept the reality of their life while also changing maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns.
“DBT assumes that people are doing their best but lack the skills needed to succeed”. 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.
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)