Serving Clients Since 2017
I am Stephanie McWoods, a Black womyn and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am married and a mother. I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. I currently reside in Oakland California and has claimed this community as my home. My passion is supporting BIPOC folks and folks with disenfranchised identities. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy. I also earned my Masters of Social Work with a Clinical concentration from Saint Louis University. I served in the United States Army for 10 years.
My goal as a therapist is to provide a space that is beautiful, safe, and healing for folks who have few said spaces in the world. I aim to challenge the status quo, -isms, and White Supremacy. I have spent many of my years living and surviving in these oppressive systems that were not created for me or my people. In learning to adapt and "succeed" in these systems that do not appreciate nor nourish my spirit I have transitioned to unapologetically making space for myself and thriving. I found that in being unapologetically me I have no limits to my abilities, dreams, or connections. In my work with clients, I invite them to take the leap of letting go of socially constructed views of how they should be or exist and rather settle into what they desire and what works for them. I believe life can be easy and liberating when we step outside of these oppressive and limiting systems.
I encourage clients to live their best lives unapologetically and ruthlessly. I support clients with addressing trauma, emotional hang-ups, anxiety, depression, as well as celebrating the journey to self-discovery and re-centering.
Since 2017, I have provided a number of specialized therapeutic services to those who identify as BIPOC, Queer, Gender Non Conforming, or Trans dealing with challenging life experiences. My client's well-being is a priority, and I go above and beyond to support them through their obstacles.
I work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. I help to restore relational balance and authenticity. I provide a healing space that is welcoming to those who hold marginalized identities. My style is direct, collaborative, conversational and affirming. I use a decolonized, social justice oriented lens and focus on race-based trauma and historical trauma. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy.