Clinical Operations Director Maine & New Hampshire
Stephanie Desmarais graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX in 2011. She went on to graduate studies, and obtained her Master's in Social Work through the Advanced Standing program at the University of New Hampshire in 2015. Ms. Desmarais completed her internship at Team Coordinating Agency in Haverhill, MA, where she facilitated group and individual therapy with clients diagnosed with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illnesses.
Prior to joining The Counseling Center of Nashua, Ms. Desmarais worked for 4 ½ years at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center. During her time there, she provided case management, functional support, and clinical services on an Assertive Community Treatment team to clients struggling with severe and persistent mental illness. She was then promoted to a Team Coordinator position, where she supervised clinical and administrative staff. In addition, Ms. Desmarais provided clinical services in individual therapy to adults diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety, self-harming behaviors, trauma, and personality disorders.
Ms. Desmarais uses a strengths-based approach in her practice, focusing on using solution-focused approaches to assist clients in developing strategies to overcome challenges. She draws from Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness in her clinical work to help clients achieve their goals.