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.

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, and improving my intermediate Arabic to achieve my goal in providing therapy in the Arabic language.

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