About Me

Hello! I’m Stephanie Tolentino, or Steph for short. I have a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (USA) and a BSc in Psychology (Australia). My work with refugees and other marginalized communities led me to specialize in multicultural counseling and trauma.

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I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Positive Psychology Coaching. I received coursework training in trauma counseling, disaster and recovery, integrating religion and spirituality with therapy, and expressive arts.

As a Counseling Psychologist, I work from a culturally and trauma sensitive approach. Depending on the client and issue, I use evidenced-based counseling theories and techniques from the following: existential and humanistic theories, cognitive behavioral techniques, EMDR, SFBT, positive psychology, mindfulness, and expressive arts. Overall, I believe people are resilient and have strengths to overcome difficulties.

My current focus is on mental health and societal issues in the Middle East and North Africa. I speak intermediate Arabic and wish to achieve my goal in working and providing therapy in the Arabic language. I am located in Cairo, Egypt where I work with PSTIC serving refugee communities in mental health and psychosocial work.

I appreciate your time and interest, and I’m excited to hear your feedback, comments, and discussions. I hope you enjoy and benefit from the articles.

I can be contacted via email at steph@oncmh.com