Have you stopped doing the activities that you ordinarily enjoy? Are you withdrawing from family and friends? Are you eating or sleeping more or less than usual? Are you grieving from a loss that you haven’t fully dealt with?
These are some of the many signs of depression. Talk to someone before serious problems develop that impact your quality of life and the lives of those around you.
Counseling gives us a space to explore what we are thinking and worrying about without judgement or retribution. It can help us better understand ourselves, our choices and our motivations. It gives us the tools and information to help create change in our lives. A good counselor can facilitate, support and empower us to reach our mental health goals. The first step is up to you!
If the intake paperwork has not been completed prior to the first appointment, I ask that clients arrive 20-30 minutes prior to their appointment to complete it. Once in session, the first appointment is a chance for us to learn more about each other and for you to learn how therapy might be helpful for you. I will gather more detailed information about you and learn about any current difficulties. I will probably take notes during our session. I adhere to strict confidentiality laws and my charts do not leave my locked office. (The only exception would be if there is a concern for the safety of my client or others).
Exploring difficult feelings is important, but I do not push clients to talk about things that they are not ready to talk about. Instead, I prefer that they chose to focus on the issues that they think are most important and distressing at the time. I might give you some homework at the end of your session and talk about a plan for your next session with you.
Stephany Cutler, LCSW
I was drawn to social work out of my desire to understand and empathize with human suffering. I believe that all of us, at some point in our lives, can benefit from healing therapy sessions.
The bulk of my career has been in Hospice care, therefore, I specialize in grief work. We can grieve over the changes in life that don't resemble death, such as postpartum, divorce, empty nest and caring for our parents. I can help to cope with these transitions as well.
I left a successful practice in FL to start again in beautiful Brevard with my husband. We take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle and enjoy visits from our daughter in college.
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"I was a client of Stephany's for 3 years until she moved. I highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking counseling. Stephany was my 'Rock' when I was going through a very difficult time. She helped me get through it with her support and wisdom. I hated to see her leave but before she left she set me up with a counselor that she knew I would be comfortable with. Stephany is very compassionate, doesn't judge and will listen."
"I will always be thankful that you came into my life at my darkest moments!"
"I have been in counseling with Stephany greater than four years. My journey has been hard more often than easy. Stephany has a gift that is invaluable. As a counselor she provided me with the tools necessary to survive and cope with the trials and tribulations that life brings, when life wasn't so easy. She is professional but, also gave me the comfort, trust and empathy that is critical in this counselor patient relationship. I have come a long way because of her and wouldn't be where I am today without her. I couldn't thank her enough."
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