Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC
Recently named an “Emerging Leader” by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor specializing in the treatment of adults with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and related disorders.
Working in the mental health field since 2011, Stephanie received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and spent more than a year interning at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services Partial Hospitalization Program in Rockville, Maryland before joining a private practice in the Baltimore area. In this capacity, she treated adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related disorders utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP).
Stephanie comes from a family of health care professionals, including psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, and hospital executives. The values of helping others in need and assisting in improving people’s quality of life were emphasized from a young age.
Although Stephanie did not start her career in health care, her path has greatly influenced her and her counseling skills. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from Hofstra University in New York and worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C. for several print and online publications covering health care. While working full time, Stephanie earned her Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University. Working as a reporter, she had the opportunity to hone her interviewing and questioning style, as well as her ability to listen and respond to others, while processing information. These skills have been invaluable in Stephanie’s work in mental health.
Stephanie left journalism to run a private psychiatric practice in Rockville, Maryland. There, Stephanie interacted with patients struggling with a wide array of mental health problems and had the opportunity to learn from an experienced psychiatrist. She noticed that although patients were benefiting from pharmacological interventions, they had trouble finding evidence-based psychotherapy targeted at their illnesses. This inspired Stephanie to return to school and go into mental health counseling.
Stephanie regularly attends conferences and trainings to maintain her clinical skills and learn about new developments in the field, as well as participating in peer consultation with other clinicians. She has participated in an advanced forum offered through the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) and has taken part in ADAA’s Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Award Program, an intensive mentoring program. Currently, she is the chair of ADAA’s Early Career Professionals and Students Special Interest Group and has been named an inaugural recipient of ADAA’s Emerging Leader Award.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys baking, spending time with her dog, and traveling.