Stephanie Galarza Conti, MS, LAC, NCC

Licensed Associate Counselor

About Stephanie

Welcome! My name is Stephanie and I am a bilingual Licensed Associate Counselor. My counseling experience ranges from children, adolescents, and adult populations. I work within the humanistic theory with a cognitive-behavioral emphasis; using behavioral techniques to assist in overcoming thinking traps and ineffective behaviors. I operate in a collaborative and strength-based client relationship that supports meaningful personal growth. My belief is that healthy boundaries, self-compassion, self-kindness, and mindfulness are essential for a healthy and stable mindset. My approach is to build self-esteem, help clients identify strengths, and assist you in learning new coping skills and self-care practices to balance life's difficulties.

Therapy is a journey to healing and personal growth. That said, it takes great courage to meet with a therapist for the first time. It is essential to establish a foundation of mutual trust, friendship, and affinity with a therapist for clients to openly reflect/explore their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. I foster a trusting and non-judgmental atmosphere for you to feel safe, accepted, cared for, and understood. My role is to meet you where you are, explore feelings, and support you along your journey. I will provide guidance and insight as you transition from the patterns that keep you stuck. I treat every client as their own unique and individual person. I believe the challenges and life experiences shape individuals into who they are and the relationship you have with yourself, affects all the others.

Life is non-linear, chaotic, and complex. We often stress out about things we cannot control or change. Now and then, the setbacks can be earth-shattering. Sometimes we must bear more than we ever thought we would. Because change is inevitable, we cannot avoid it nor "will" our challenges away. We have no choice but to accept them and make meaning of them to remake our story. When we struggle to accept change, we get stuck and cannot find our way out. I believe that once we become comfortable with being uncomfortable, we are free to grow. Our experiences, amazing or awful, are a series of stepping stones that lead to our true self even though you may not be where you thought you would. It is how we perceive every situation and our resilience through the difficult challenges that create a new way forward. How we personalize our narrative as things shift and change matters and how we feel and see ourselves on the inside manifests on the outside. If we trust the process and can see ourselves as more, we will have more. Together, we will work to achieve this. My vision is for you to become the best and most authentic version of yourself. I look forward to meeting with you!

Areas of Focus

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Spirituality
  • Here-and-Now
  • DBT
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • CBT (Trauma-Focused)

Education & Training

Monmouth University (2020)
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)

Rutgers University (2018)
Psychology (BS) 

The Gottman Institute (2019)
Gottman Method Couple Counseling