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3312 W Kennedy Blvd
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At Serene Mind Psychology, we help teens and young adults feel safe, confident and happy.  We are a boutique, counseling and therapy practice. We cater our services to each Tampa Bay individual.

Mrs. Stephanie dreamt of starting Serene Mind from the day she began counseling. Her idea was to offer therapy services in a non stigmatized environment.  This is how Bruce Lee, therapy dog extraordinaire came to be. He is Mrs. Stephanie's lovable, treat motivated, pet therapy dog.  Bruce helps everyone feel at home.  Together, Bruce Lee and Mrs. Stephanie facilitate counseling therapy sessions in a friendly, warm and relaxed atmosphere. 

Mrs. Stephanie was born in Peru and from a young age was interested in helping individuals. Since Kindergarten, when she was asked what she would dream of studying, her answer was always medicine. This developed into the study of psychology, while an undergrad at the University of Florida.  During her time there, she began to grow her interest in social psychology and the field of counseling. While at the University of Florida, Mrs. Stephanie volunteered with seriously ill children at Camp Boggy Creek and the pediatric unit at Shands Hospital. 

Mrs. Stephanie graduated with her master's degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. While completing her masters, she worked with children and teens at two Tampa Bay Baker Act receiving facilities. Through her experience she learned how much improvement is needed for individuals with mental health diagnosis. The stigma placed on mental health was alarming. Mrs. Stephanie has made it her mission to de-stigmatize mental health and retrain individuals to speak about their own mental health symptoms. 

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Mrs. Stephanie has specialty training in counseling suicidal, homicidal, abused or neglected children. Aside from counseling Mrs. Stephanie conducts vocational evaluations for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. She works with people of various physical and mental disabilities who are attempting to gain employment, attend college or a vocational program.  

Mrs. Stephanie is a feature blogger and expert contributor with Tampa Bay Moms Group and  Tampa Bay Moms Blog. She has presented to University of South Florida students interested in joining the vocational field. As well as, Tampa Bay Preparatory Parent Education Committee, in regards to depression and anxiety in the modern culture. Mrs. Stephanie has been featured on: Tampa Daytime, WFLA NBC News Tampa Bay, WFLA NBC News Tampa Bay, WFLA NBC News Tampa Bay,  P&G Everyday, Careers in Psychology, Healthline News, Talkspace, Bliss Bistro, ABC Action News Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Fox 13 News

In her spare time, Mrs. Stephanie has volunteered with Frame Works of Tampa Bay at low income schools, where she educates students on social emotional learning. She contributes to the Tampa Bay community by volunteering with Paws for Friendship, along with her pet therapy dog, Bruce Lee. Her passion in ending the negative stigma associated with mental health, is a daily task she works towards with each person throughout the Tampa Bay community. You can expect by visiting Serene Mind, you will be treated like family. 


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