Stephanie Farugia, LMFT-A
After ten years in California, attaining my bachelors degree from the University of Southern Calirfornia, and my masters degree at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, I am thrilled to be back in my home state of Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, working under the supervision of Elizabeth Cobb, LMFT-S.
In my time as a mental health professional I have worked with a diverse group of children, families and adults, dealing in matters of depression, self-esteem, anxiety, and grief to name a few, both in clinical and volunteer settings. In addition to Brittani Persha Counseling, I also work part-time at Eating Recovery Houston, as a program therapist, facilitating group therapy and counsel for those struggling with eating disorders.
I work from the mindset that everyone is doing the best that they can with what they have. Most clients come to me because they feel ill-equipped or stuck in their circumstances. My goal is to create a therapeutic relationship based on trust, that leads to self-discovery and a stronger sense capability and strength.
My work is attachment-centered, meaning that I truly value human connection, I believe that my role is to help you gather insight into the way you approach relationships and find the tools to make stronger ones. This becomes essential in working with families. We all respond to love as a direct result of how we have received it. My goal is to help facilitate communication within your family in order to become more attuned to each other’s needs in giving and receiving love and respect.
Before I attended graduate school, I spent two years as a “Community Circle” volunteer for the Maple Counseling Center, located in Beverly Hills, CA. There I created and facilitated emotional education curricula, teaching children how to recognize their feelings, be empathic towards their peers, and treat themselves with respect. In my work with children, I often find that by the time they have come to treatment, they have received negative feedback from their parents, peers and or teachers. Along with coping tools, parent-child relational work and behavioral interventions, boosting the child’s self-esteem is of high importance in order for the child to be able to incorporate what they have learned in treatment.
I very much look forward to working with you!