"Stephen is soft-spoken but knows when to push us as a couple.
At different times, Stephen has been a helping hand, an affirmation,
a cop directing a traffic jam, or merely just a bystander, observing."
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker / Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Stephen comes to NCCT with more than 20 years’ experience specializing in work with diverse families. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst where he received his M.Ed. in Counseling, and Smith College School for Social Work where he received his MSW. As a former Outward Bound instructor and Peace Corps volunteer, Stephen brings a spirit of adventurous exploration and culturally informed practice to his work with couples, along with a deep commitment to compassionate and effective communication.
A clinician with a passion for lifelong learning Stephen has received extensive training in Family Therapy, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Adolescent and Family DBT, advanced training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is also trained in and specializes in using a neuro-developmental approach called the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics originated by Dr. Bruce Perry.
Stephen has a breadth of clinical experience in a variety of different settings. He has a particular interest in working with families struggling with challenging and complex problems and a gift for understanding the uniqueness of each couple’s “culture” and validating the many ways that couples and families face challenges in their lives together.
Stephen has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Smith College School for Social work since 2010, where he teaches the first-year course on Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families: he also serves as Faculty Field Advisor to students during their placement year.