Research Interests

Post-traumatic stress; developmental stress disorder; adverse childhood experiences; sex addiction; pornography addiction; infidelity; betrayal trauma; the Gottman Method; Emotionally Focused Therapy; biofeedback; internal family systems; clinical outcomes; clinical outcome predictors; therapeutic alliance


  • Master of Arts in Counseling, May 2016, Western Seminary, Portland, OR
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, June 2012, Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, WA
  • Associate in Arts, August 2010, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Warner Pacific University, January 2020 to present
  • President / Founder / Contracted Clinician-Researcher, Restored Life Counseling, January 2018 to present
  • Mental Health Counselor, Refresh Therapy, February 2017 to December 2017
  • Mental Health Counselor, Real Life Counseling, May 2016 to February 2017
  • Intern Mental Health Counselor, Real Life Counseling, July 2014 to May 2016

Volunteer Projects / Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Our City Cares / Let Hope Arise Crusade, September 2017 – Present

Licenses and Certifications

  • Board Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (#MC60636677), Washington State Department of Health
  • Gottman Method Level II, The Gottman Institute


  • Stephens, S. L., & Stephens, D. T. (2017). Walking Through Tragedy With Victory: A Study Guide for Loss, Grief, and Healing. Camas, WA: Self-Published.