• Stephanie Tatum, MA, LPCC, NCC (She/Her/Hers)

    Founder/Primary Therapist 

    What Am I Passionate About?

    I am passionate about helping others tap into their inner strengths and identify what may be in their path preventing healing and growth. I challenge my clients in ways that create an “ah ha” experience. 

    I am also dedicated to helping BIPOC individuals, along with those seeking to overcome alcohol and/or substance use dependence begin their journey to rise and maintain a healthier, sober lifestyle. Additionally, supporting family and friends who endure the painful reality of their loved one’s alcohol and/or substance use dependence is dear to my heart.

    I have expertise working with diverse populations (e.g. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and persons with a disability).

    “It is not enough to be involved – we must be committed to making a difference.” (Shirley Chisholm)

    I am an advocate for Black men and women. I do not take for granted being able to assist in bridging the Black mental health gap, while creating pathways that influence future generations. 

    As a Black woman, I navigate gender bias, racism and oppression daily. I recognize the rarity in being able to remove the “superwoman” cape and carrying the burden of others, while not feeling safe enough to share your own.  

    My Approach to Therapy

    My clinical experience includes holding space for survivors of trauma, couples and families, and clients desiring to overcome substance use disorders. Additionally, I counsel those seeking to address issues related to anxiety, depression, and grief and loss (to name a few). 

    I am affectionately known by my clients as a direct, yet non-judgmental, compassionate counselor. I approach counseling through an eclectic lens where I incorporate a variety of theories and utilize evidence-based approaches such as Somatic Therapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, and Family Systems Therapy. When requested, I infuse spirituality and faith into therapeutic sessions.

    Additionally, I work from a Liberation Psychology framework. I craft a culturally congruent space to discuss internalized oppression, intergenerational trauma and ancestral wounds. 

    Education Background

    I hold my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. 

    I consider myself a life-long learner. I continue to expand my expertise by seeking out learning experiences in trauma and healing work, alcohol and substance use disorders and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to incorporate into daily practice. 

    I am under the supervision of Kathleen Morgan, MA, LMFT, LAC.

    Beyond the Office

    Aside from counseling, I enjoy being a wife, mother of four adult children and grandma (yes, you read that right. LOL). This lends more time to engage in self-care activities and spend quality time with my family and friends.

    If you are reading this, I look forward to connecting with you!

    My Mission. My Promise.

    My mission is to be a vessel for each client and create a diverse and culturally sensitive space to BE heard, feel accepted, and remain EMPOWERED on their journey TO RISE!

    I Promise To:

    • Treat you with respect, dignity, and compassion.
    • Support and meet you where you are.
    • Remain unbiased.
    • Provide a safe space where you can be your authentic self.
    • Maintain high standards of integrity and ethics. 

    Advanced Trainings and Certifications

    National Certified Counselor (NCC) – National Board for Certified Counselors

    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) – EMDR in Color, Rivers Edge Institute

    Level 1 & 2 Certification – Researched Based Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Gottman Institute 

    Gottman Seven Principles Couples Leader – Gottman Institute

    Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Evergreen Certifications