I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!). Growing up in Los Angeles, I sometimes felt frustrated with all of the expectations and assumptions that came along with being a part of a close knit community. Forming your own identity is hard enough, and managing all the opinions of people around you can make it even harder. Looking back, I wish I had a therapist to help me work through all those feelings. As your therapist, my goal is to create a comfortable and authentic space where more than anything, you can be yourself. No judgment. I also have extensive training in CBT and DBT, which means I have the tools to help change negative thoughts and decrease worry. Hopefully, throughout your time with me, you will learn to see your strengths, gain insight about yourself, and feel more confident in your relationships.
Middle and high school is tricky! There are so many changes to maneuver. Wanting and preparing for more independence, conflicts with your parents, anxieties about your future and college, new relationships, and inevitable heartbreaks. You’re trying your best to balance a rigorous academic schedule and extracurriculars with the approval and acceptance of your friend group. You’re growing up, which means figuring out who you are and who you want to be, all while comparing yourself to others. Instagram and social media can make this process really hard when you’re constantly scrolling, comparing, and critiquing yourself. It’s not surprising that you might feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Teenagers often feel so misunderstood, so as a therapist, I hope to make you feel heard. Together, we can work toward shaping your identity and finding ways to help you communicate what matters to you.
People tell you that college will be the best four years of your life. You’ll make instant BFFs, have an unlimited dining hall card, and no parents breathing down your neck. Sounds like a dream, right? But what about the times when hook up culture isn’t what you always dreamed of? Or that freshman 15 is totally messing with your self esteem. Binge drinking has you feeling weird and midterms are daunting. Or maybe you’re just home sick! College is a big transition, after all, independence is new for you! Let’s work together to untangle these feelings, manage your expectations, and figure out and practice skills to use when situations are making you feel uncomfortable.
Let me help your child. Call me at (424) 259-3376 or email at EllieSternLCSW@gmail.com