Stephanie Zeman is an empathic, open-minded clinician making it her duty to ensure a safe environment for clients to confide in, enabling each session to be productive and progressive toward reaching their individualized goals.
Stephanie will assist in the development of internal motivation to identify individual strengths that will encourage overcoming personal barriers through a holistic approach. Not only is her aspiration to improve a person’s self-worth by providing guidance through difficulties in performance and arousal, but to assist in the development of healthy relationships, starting with achieving confidence and value in self.
Stephanie’s non-judgmental approach allows individuals and couples to openly discuss concerns with their sexual functioning, expression and trauma. Stephanie’s view of trauma is an unplanned, alteration in a prospective life journey that may hinder the sense of safety, self-worth, identity or engagement in relationships. She helps clients develop and strengthen coping mechanisms through psychotherapy utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach, while processing through distressing situations or experiencing sexual aversion.
Stephanie is a Licensed Social Worker, who served in the New Jersey Army National Guard for six years, and accomplished her undergraduate education at Daniel Webster College, her Masters of Social Work at Rutgers University and is currently a PhD. Candidate in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University with a focus on sexual trauma. She works with the full spectrum of issues from sexual trauma to sex therapy with individuals and couples using Cognitive and Bowenian approaches. Stephanie is also certified in and utilizes Pet Therapy. Stephanie has experience working with families, young adults and adults struggling with anxiety, infidelity, relationship issues, sexual abuse, substance abuse, developmentally disabled adults and LGBTQ youth.
Specialty areas include: empowering self-expression, relationship conflicts, reintegrating sexuality in relationships after sexual abuse, substance addiction, LGBTQ youth and families, pet therapy and developmentally disabled adults.
Sex Therapy addresses a person's psychological or physical sexual problems through the utilization of various therapeutic approaches. Sex therapy focuses on assisting with a variety of issues ranging from sexual abuse or trauma to intimate issues such as low libido or dysfunction. It is an environment for both individual therapy, as well as couples and family counseling to understand the root of sexual concerns and improves them. Therapists, Social Workers and Counselors are professionally trained in areas of human sexuality development to assist in normalizing conversation of sexual topics amongst couples, families and with individuals.
Family Therapy is a solution-focused primarily short-term approach to provide a space where a family system can converse and express concerns in a non-judgmental environment. Concerns may include mental health conditions, transitional periods within the family such as divorce, behavioral issues such as addiction, etc., that impacts the entire family. Family counseling is designed to assist in communication, problem solving, and coping skills to promote collaboration and equality within the system.
Pet Therapy is a guided interaction between person and a trained animal to assist in the therapeutic alliance between client and therapist. Pet therapy is proven to reduce anxiety, depression and stress through increasing oxytocin levels within the body. Oxytocin is a hormone in the body responsible for the feeling of comfort and stability. Animal assisted therapy also impacts cortisol release which influences anxiety levels, assisting with reduction in stress levels.