Stephanie Hernandez MA, MFTi
Dr. Karisa L. Barrow PSY 24080
Being labeled as an “outsider” or positioned at the margins of society can have a harmful impact on how people view themselves and their relationship to the world around them. The therapeutic relationship can be an important space for individuals to obtain support in overcoming life’s challenges. My approach to therapy with clients helps to create a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space where they can examine their lives within their sociocultural contexts, envision change, and build upon their pre-existing strengths and resources. I strive to create a collaborative and trusting relationship with clients so that they can learn how to empower themselves, foster a sense of hope, and find meaningful purpose in their lives. I work on a wide variety of issues with adults, adolescents, children and couples. When one can start the journey towards authenticity, self-respect, and self-love, one can begin the healing road towards a more holistic sense of self and a deeper understanding of how they engage with others.
My clinical practice is informed by contemporary multicultural psychodynamic theory that includes a combination of attachment, relational, feminist, and solution-focused practices.
Areas of Specialty
- Gender Affirming & Integrated Transgender Mental Health Psychological Services
- Children, Teens & Their Families
- Anxiety Related to Social Relationships & Work Performance
- Improving Intimacy/Sex
- Living with Chronic Illness and Grief
- Therapy in Spanish
Stephanie Luz Hernandez graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a concentration in Community Mental Health. She is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with the Board of Behavioral Sciences and is currently an inMind provider supervised by Dr. Karisa Barrow, Psy.D. Stephanie brings a background of community organizing as well as HIV and transgender advocacy to her work, and her passion for supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community is fundamental to her professional goals. Stephanie has provided bilingual psychotherapy services at the UCSF Alliance Health Project to LGBTQ adult clients, including individuals living with HIV and AIDS. She has also provided therapeutic services at the Pacific Center for Human Growth, which works to enhance the well-being of LGBTQ individuals. She actively works to maintain a stance of cultural humility in her work. As a provider to people of various cultural backgrounds, ages, gender identities, and sexual orientations, Stephanie believes that her clients are the experts on their own experiences, and is committed to empowering them by validating and celebrating their unique individuality.