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Dr. Stephanie Mihalas
Hello, I'm Dr. Stephanie Mihalas, but my patients call me Dr. Stephanie because I want them to feel at ease. My patients range from 2-18 years in age with a primary focus on complex emotional, social and family issues, as well as early intervention for 2 - 10 year olds. I also see adults and couples who want to grow in their personal and professional relationships. I utilize an “ecological” approach to therapy, which means I believe that family, peers, school and other systems that involve the patient are relevant and important to diagnosis and treatment.
I utilize the strengths of the patient, rather than focusing on deficits, which allows patients and families to maintain a positive attitude toward treatment and the ability of the patient to benefit from therapy.
I use “evidence-based” interventions, which are treatments proven to work by researchers and clinicians, as well as more in-depth insight-oriented approaches when appropriate. Depending on a case's specific needs, treatment may be short or long-term in nature. Regardless of the length of treatment, my work is designed to show results and have a long-term impact on the patient and family.
I have more than 10 years of extensive training in pediatric, behavioral and emotional problems. I am a licensed psychologist (PSY 23268) and a nationally certified school psychologist. I am also Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, in the sub-specialty of School Psychology. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. My Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctorate are from the University of South Florida in School Psychology with a primary focus on child and adolescent mental health issues. I completed two years of advanced clinical training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. I have also completed a one-year certification program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.
I have worked in diverse settings including hospitals, outpatient mental health facilities, schools and academic institutions. Moreover, I have published articles in a variety of peer-refereed journals, book chapters and newsletters, and regularly present at conferences nationwide. Currently, I am a Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I also mentor graduate students, continue to write and publish academic manuscripts, consult with schools and maintain The Center for Well Being, a practice focused on youth and families in West Los Angeles.
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