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STEPHANIE
PRYMAS, LPC 

Welcome

I am passionate about working with both individuals and couples around trauma, mood issues, relationship issues, and sexual diversity/cultural identity.  As a career changer myself, I particularly enjoy working with high-achieving professionals who are new to therapy or generally feeling pulled to devote some attention to their own emotional needs.  I also have extensive experience working with women’s reproductive mental health issues.  I additionally have specific training in providing therapy to individuals who identify as transgender or nonbinary, and I enjoy supporting people in exploring questions related to their sexuality and gender identity.

How I help my clients

My clients often find themselves struggling to integrate the intellectual understanding of their current challenges with their associated emotions, behaviors, and physical sensations.  They may also have difficulty reconciling conflicting feelings on the same issues.  My interest in interpersonal neurobiology strongly informs my clinical approach with people who are trying to make sense of all kinds of difficult experiences and emotions as they work towards feeling more grounded and fulfilled in their everyday lives.  I believe in using the therapeutic relationship to identify and work through areas where my clients are feeling stuck, in a context of warmth, affirmation, appreciation for difference and intersectionality, and humor.  My clients feel more capable of tolerating ambiguity and approaching difficult feelings with curiosity and self-compassion in the course of our work. 

About me

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and my Master’s degree in Counseling from Northwestern University.  I have also received additional training in mind-body therapies and trauma, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment focused on integrating painful past experiences.  In addition to my clinical work, I enjoy presenting and consulting in the area of trauma.  

Selected training and affiliation

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR International Association
Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate
Postpartum Support International

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