About Steph Koutsoulianos
We’re fortunate to have Stephanie Koutsoulianos join MyLife as one of our skilled interns for 2022! Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minored in Family and Child Studies at the University of Guelph. She is now completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Adler University under the supervision of our Clinical Director Mark Nixon. Stephanie is happy to provide individual and relationship counselling at a reduced rate.
Stephanie has been involved in the field of psychology over the past five years, with experiences ranging from conducting research on child safety and injury prevention to preparing educational modules of sexual disorders for healthcare providers. She is a passionate advocate for inclusive and equitable treatment of people accessing mental health services and draws from her own lived experiences as a multiethnic individual. Stephanie is prepared to deal with the unique challenges cross-cultural individuals or couples face.
Stephanie’s history of helping people started early as a student. She played multiple roles at the University of Guelph including working with Student Accessibility Services as a note taker and as the team leader coordinating the SafeWalk program which provides safe escorts after dark to students across campus. As a Peer Helper with Co-operative Education and Career Services, she helped students one-on-one improve various skills related to employment and career development. Thanks to her experience with a range of students, she appreciates the challenges and stressors they face and the often-unseen toll it can take on their mental health.
She took her interest in helping others a step further as a distress line volunteer at the Torchlight Distress Centre in Guelph. She provided compassionate and non-judgmental support to callers experiencing a range of issues including anxiety, stress, racism, loneliness, grief, loss, and relationship issues. Thanks to her training and experience, Stephanie is skillful at listening to her client’s needs and developing clear and concrete strategies in helping them through their issues.
Stephanie draws heavily from mindfulness-based approaches in her work with clients. Mindfulness helps people become more aware of their choices and thoughts instead of simply reacting to situations in unhelpful ways. Clients will find that she is eager to work with their counselling preferences, help create goals collaboratively, and work towards a mutual understanding of what “getting better” uniquely means for them. She always acknowledges her clients’ unique lived experiences in terms of gender, culture, socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity.
Stephanie has special interest and training in helping clients whose struggles stem from discrimination, racism, bias, and stigma. She is an ally of the LGBTQ2+ community and understands that safety and trust is created together with clients one session at a time. Outside of her counselling work, Stephanie is active in the development of educational programming aimed to educate service providers working with gender and/or sexually diverse survivors of intimate partner violence.
Stephanie also enjoys working with people in relationships of all kinds. Thanks to her specialized training in Gottman Method (Level 1) Couples Counselling and sex therapy, Stephanie provides the guidance and space necessary to help partners improve their communication, clarify boundaries and consent, understand each other’s intimacy needs, and build more trusting relationships going forward.
Out of the office, Stephanie enjoys reading (both fiction and non-fiction), weightlifting and strength-training, and can often be found on FaceTime with her long-distance partner. She sees herself as a perpetual student who is eager to learn and aspires to pursue further education and training in the field of sex therapy.