Stephanie Ratner, M.S.W., LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Population:

• Adolescents
• Adults

Specialization:

• Anxiety
• Anger
• Trauma
• Depression
• Grief
• Women’s Issues

Education:

• M.S.W. – Mental Health – University of Southern California
• B.A. – Psychology and Religious Studies – University of Redlands


In our world today, it is so easy to get stuck in patterns of constantly measuring yourself up to others and ultimately feeling unsatisfied. This can lead you to feeling depressed, anxious, lonely, hopeless, confused, and inadequate. All of these sentiments often lead to a place of feeling never good enough. Shame is first introduced here and then it begins to grow- spreading to infiltrate the mind and affecting relationships that were meant to bring joy instead pain.

I pray that you will no longer feel in bondage to the shame inflicted by others and by yourself, but rather experience freedom that changes your life from the inside out. I believe this road allows you to become vulnerable, courageous, and most of all, true to yourself. This journey starts with you and broadens to have a ripple effect on your circumstances, environment, relationships, and wounds. 

One of my favorite quotes related to therapy says, “Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down” (Banana Yoshimoto). My goal for you is to feel accepted, heard, understood, and supported as we begin to work together. I’m purposeful about creating a safe environment and intentional about forming a trusting relationship where this kind of transformation happens. In time, I hope that you will be able to say about me: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou).

Over a decade ago, God called me to walk alongside those feeling broken-hearted, marginalized by society, and ultimately, left without a voice to advocate for themselves. He’s used my gifts, passions, and skills to redeem, restore, and reclaim what’s been lost by those who have suffered greatly. I’ve been providing treatment for children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings (school, juvenile justice system, outpatient, and health care) for the past 10 years. My experience includes treating those battling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship struggles, and life transitions.

My most recent work has been with middle to high school aged students and their families at a local school campus. I love being able to connect one-on-one and see the growth that occurs during their education. I’m proud of designing and co-facilitating several groups to meet the interests and needs of the student population. During the past year, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio, and speak on a panel at a local church in the community about the impact suicide is having on today’s youth.

I’m a Colorado transplant who relocated years ago from Southern California. I love being physically active, and as a former longtime crossfitter, I now spend a lot of my time doing triathlon training and keeping my dog in shape as much as possible. He loves to go for walks or runs, play fetch, swim, and do agility courses. I like to read a good book, cook healthy food, venture out to new or my favorite restaurants, travel, and explore the mountains- hiking, snowshoeing, and camping.  I’m committed to serving at my church and investing in relationships that breathe life into me. I’m known for being intentional, committed, authentic, responsible, disciplined, organized, and witty.

I look forward to walking alongside you as we seek to reach your goals together. It’s my job to meet you where you are, provide feedback and resources along the way, and guide you however I can to reach your goals. We will work together to help you distinguish between the truths and the lies you believe about yourself, and become the person that you always desired to be.  I’d love to be part of your story.


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