Stephanie M. Sullivan, MS, LMFT
Courses by Stephanie M. Sullivan:
- Polyamorous Clients in Therapy: What You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know (3 CEs)
- Multiplicities of Desire: Working with the Intersection of Bisexuality and Polyamory (3 CEs)
- Feminist Structural Family Therapy with Polyamorous Clients; Co-presented with John Wall, MS, ALMFT (2.5 CEs)
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Get to know me:
Stephanie M. Sullivan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with her own private practice, Attunement LLC. She is based in St. Joseph, MI, but sees clients all over the state of Michigan via teletherapy. As a therapist, Stephanie specializes in anxiety, self-care, trauma, sexuality, polyamorous relationships, and other forms of consensual non-monogamy. Stephanie also works as a relationship empowerment coach with people from all over the world at her other business, Color Your Name LLC. She specializes in helping her coaching clients create the relationships they want with themselves and their partners, and works with individuals, couples, and multi-partner relationships on navigating polyamorous relationships. She also offers speaking engagements, education, and consultation.
What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?
Affirmative psychotherapy is a way of working with clients to focus on increasing their personal comfort levels and empower them to be their authentic selves. It is not only accepting, but celebrating a client’s personal identity, especially in terms of their gender, sexual orientation, and relationship style.
What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?
I primarily work with individuals exploring their gender, sexuality, polyamorous relationships, and other forms of consensual non-monogamy. I also work with couples and multi-partner relationships as they navigate relational hurdles within their relationships, helping them increase their communication skills and explore their relationship options. I would consider my expertise in working with consensual non-monogamy and polyamory as “expert.” I have presented on polyamorous relationships in multiple venues and conferences, and I completed my master’s thesis on marriage and family therapists’ attitudes and perceptions of polyamorous relationships. I have started to develop therapeutic models and theories to better apply them to polyamorous clients, and I have continued to study and learn about polyamorous relationships throughout my career. The majority of my clients are also part of the LGBTQIA+ communities; therefore, I would consider myself knowledgeable with helping LGBTQIA+ clients explore and affirm their intersecting identities.
I also consider myself knowledgeable in relationship to kink and BDSM. I have decent knowledge and some experience working with clients who are engaged in the kink community, as well as helping clients navigate healthy vs. unhealthy dynamics in a kink relationship. I continue to explore new and affirmative texts related to all of these topics and communities in order to serve my clients as best I can.
What is my approach to healing?
I offer a focus on holistic healing, communication tools, stress management techniques, and an exploration of those internal voices that seem to pull you one way and then the other. I also attempt to help empower my clients in their life’s pursuits and assist my clients to find their own strengths. Therefore, my treatment strategy utilizes collaborative, solution-focused theories with clients, as well as psychoeducation, internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, and feminist family therapy. It is important to me to create a safe, open, and non-judgmental atmosphere with my clients, as I believe all people are important and have their own unique life experiences and ideas.
What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?
I am most skilled at addressing relational issues with couples or multiple-partner relationships. I am also skilled at addressing anxiety problems, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
EDUCATION & LICENSE
Education: Master of Science in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy
Years in Practice: 5
School: Purdue University Northwest
Year Graduated: 2017
License # and State: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 4101007160 – Michigan
Additional Credentials: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) member, AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program Fellow 2016-2017
Fee Range: $120-$200 (Sliding Scale Available)
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit, Debit, Check
Accepted Insurance Plans: N/A
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