Stephanie A. Haynes

Licensed Professional Counselor


Services Available

Play Therapy

Play therapy assumes a person-centered approach while working with children. Children often do not have the vocabulary to fully describe how they are feeling or discuss what they have experienced. Play therapy provides tools such as: art, sand tray, puppets, role play, and story telling to help children show us what they are experiencing. In play therapy children learn how to express their feelings in constructive ways, to accept responsibility, to problem-solve and to develop self-confidence. 

Play therapy is a beneficial option for all children, regardless of the situation. Specific examples in which it would be suitable to pursue play therapy are as follows: 

  • anxiety
  • stress and/or phobias
  • withdrawal and/or unhappiness
  • anger or aggressive outbursts
  • being bullied or bullying
  • school refusal
  • sleep disorders
  • eating disorders
  • attachment difficulties
  • difficulties with family and/or peer relationships
  • parental divorce or separation
  • fostering and adoption
  • trauma
  • bereavement/loss
  • emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse
  • illness and/or disability
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • selective/elective mutism

Individual Counseling for Adults & Adolescents

Adults and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, struggling with a serious mental or physical illness, relationship difficulties, job stress or loss, death of a loved one, poor anger management, and mood management concerns, along with any other situations in which one experiences distress, are prime candidates for individual outpatient counseling. Developing a therapeutic relationship in which to feel heard, explore emotions, and work towards building healthy coping mechanisms can be not only helpful but very rewarding. 

Animal Assisted Therapy

Stephanie's American Eskimo, Gypsy, has been trained with professionals and certified by Therapy Dog International (TDI). Pet therapy interactions are used to help improve mental, social, emotional and physical functions. Individuals with emotionally based disorders find it difficult to open up and trust people, but often find comfort when a therapy animal is present. Benefits include a reduction in stress, a boost in self-esteem, improved mood, and better communication skills. Mayo Clinic reports that animal assisted therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue.  Gypsy has visited residents in a nursing home where she dished out plenty of kisses and snuggles, and is looking forward to participating in our local Paws to R.E.A.D. program where children can practice reading aloud to her.