Stephanie Kippenberger, LCSW

When I approach therapy, I like to come from a stance that is genuine, warm, trauma-informed and strength-based. I  meet my clients where they are in their lives and in their current situations. I am sensitive and considerate when it comes to everyone’s experiences, traumas, beliefs and ways of life. It is important to me to foster a client-therapist relationship that provides the client with a safe space to be themselves and express their feelings; both good and bad.

I help my clients heal and make the changes they want to see in their lives by empowering them with the use of their own personal strengths, providing them with education on the topic at hand and by implementing therapeutic techniques tailored to each individual/family. 

I care about the well-being of all people, especially my clients and I express that by being empathetic and transparent in my interactions. Improving communication, strengthening relationships and increasing stability and functioning are a few ways I help clients achieve the success they want to see.

Why We Love Stephanie

Stephanie is so warm and empathetic. She cares profoundly for each client. In addition, her expertise and up to date knowledge of evidence-based techniques lets her pick a treatment plan that will bring results.  

Education

  • BSW with a minor in Psychology – Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011
  • MSW –  Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 2012
  • LCSW – Licensed in Missouri and Illinois 

Training

  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Child Development
  • Mandated Reporting Training
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Signs of Safety
  • Family Development

Work Experience

Stephanie has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in both Illinois and Missouri. Some of her experience includes crisis management with Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Survivors, Educator and Advocate for Sexual Wellness, Intake Counselor, Lead Teacher in a Child Development Lab, Preschool Teacher, Behavior Specialist, Intensive In-Home Worker, Family Reunification Specialist, and a Home Health Care Provider for the elderly.