• Stephanie McElrath, M.S.Ed., LPC

    Licensed Professional Counselor

     

Licensure
Licensed Professional Counselor

Education
M.S.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Youngstown State University, 2021
B.A., Psychology, Kent State University, 2016

Professional History
Stephanie McElrath, M.S.,Ed., LPC (she/her) is a neurodivergent Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio who provides psychotherapy to patients at PsyCare’s Struthers location.

Stephanie joined PsyCare’s team in 2018 as a psychiatric case manager where she provided services to patients both in the community and in schools. As a case manager, Stephanie linked patients and families to community resources, provided education on diagnoses and symptoms, and taught patients how to utilize positive coping skills and self-regulation techniques to help manage their symptoms and stressors.

Stephanie went on to complete the clinical mental health counseling track in Youngstown State University’s counseling program. Stephanie completed her internship with PsyCare while providing school-based counseling in Brookfield local and Campbell city school districts.

Now, Stephanie primarily provides counseling to children, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults at the Struthers PsyCare location. Stephanie focuses on providing neurodiversity-affirmative counseling to autistic patients and patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity traits. Alongside her supervisor, Stephanie provides comprehensive autism evaluations and training on how families and schools can best support and meet the needs of their neurodivergent children. Additionally, Stephanie works with the LGBTQIA+ community to provide gender- and sexual identity-affirmative counseling and family training/education.

Specialties

  • Neurodiversity-affirmative care
  • Autism and ADHD
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders
  • Children and adolescent individual counseling
  • Parent behavioral management training
  • Family education and support training
  • Mental health counseling
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Boundaries and self-care
  • Career and life path counseling
  • Personal development
  • Relaxation and stress management

Theoretical Orientation
Stephanie is a neurodiversity-affirmative therapist that utilizes person-centered therapy, strengths-based therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and play therapy modalities.

Stephanie enjoys utilizing patients’ special interests in therapy, which includes incorporating elements of what the patient is passionate about into counseling in order to make it more understandable and fun. In the past, Stephanie has incorporated Minecraft, Roblox, Fortnite, Animal Crossing, Dungeons & Dragons, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Hamilton, Pokemon, anime, television and movie characters, music, arts & crafts, and many more interests into therapy sessions. Stephanie’s counseling office is a judgement free zone where patients can share their passions while reaching their mental health goals.

Certificates/Special Training

  • Many Faces of Autism
  • AutPlay: Neurodiversity Affirming Play Therapy
  • Autism Strategies in Action
  • Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum: A Sensory-Based Approach
  • Interventions for ADHD, ODD, and Autism
  • The Impact of Trauma on School Age Children
  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing – Creating a Culture of Change
  • Boundaries and Self-Care for Helping Professionals
  • Boundaries for Care Givers and Those Supporting Others
  • Positive Parent Training
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Impact of Racial Trauma on Mental Health
  • Systematic Racism, Cultural Humility, and Why it Matters
  • Refugee Mental Health and Complex Trauma
  • Unearthing Therapeutic Adventures in Minecraft
  • Telehealth with Children
  • Let’s Play Minecraft!
  • Let’s Play Animal Crossing!
  • Let’s Play Fortnite!
  • Let’s Play Roblox!

PsyCare Office(s) Served

  • Struthers