Stephanie M. Sullivan | The Affirmative Couch

Stephanie M. Sullivan, MS, LLMFT

Stephanie M. Sullivan

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Identities: Queer, white, cisgender woman
Language(s) Spoken: English
Phone: 248-429-9195
Address: 415 S. Main Street, Suite E, Rochester, MI 48307
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Supervised By (if not licensed): Yvonne Makidon, PhD, LMSW, LMFT, CST, CAADC

Get to know me: Stephanie M. Sullivan is a Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at A Compass Within Personal Consulting in Rochester, MI. She specializes in anxiety, self-care, sexuality, polyamorous relationships, and other forms of consensual non-monogamy. Stephanie often utilizes collaborative, solution-focused theories to help empower her clients in their life’s pursuits.

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 work with individuals exploring their gender, sexuality, polyamorous relationships, and other forms of consensual non-monogamy. I also work with couples and multiple-partner relationships as they navigate relational hurdles within their relationships, helping them increase their communication skills and explore their relationship options.

My level of expertise with gender is “knowledgeable.” I have a decent knowledge and some experience with helping clients explore their gender, helping loved ones understand and accept the transition process, and affirming gender-expansive clients on issues unrelated to their gender identity.
My level of expertise with various sexual orientations is “knowledgeable.” I have knowledge and experience related to working with clients explore their sexual orientations and affirming them in their identity.

My level of expertise with kink is “knowledgeable.” 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.

My level of expertise with polyamory is “expert.” I have presented research on polyamory at a conference, and I completed my Master’s thesis on marriage and family therapists’ attitudes and perspectives 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. I also have experience in working with the polyamorous community.

What is my approach to healing?

I attempt to help empower my clients in their life’s pursuits. With a strong belief that everyone possesses their own strengths to help guide them through life’s difficulties, my goal is to help my clients find their own strengths. Therefore, my treatment strategy utilizes collaborative, solution-focused theories with clients, as well as psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, 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: Master of Science in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy
Years in Practice: 3
School: Purdue University Northwest
Year Graduated: 2017
License # and State: 4101006795 – Michigan
Additional Credentials: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) member, AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program Fellow 2016-2017


Accessibility: Stairs Required
Gender Neutral Restrooms: Yes


Fee Range: $120-$150 (Sliding Scale Available)
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Credit, Debit, Check
Accepted Insurance Plans: N/A