Stephanie “Stevie” Blum, LCSW

Stevie is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Ackerman Relational Approach. Stevie deeply values a postmodern and collaborative approach to therapy, which views the therapeutic alliance as a major driver of positive change.

Stevie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Following graduation, she pursued her Masters in Social Work at Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude. After developing an interest in couples and family work, Stevie received postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. At Ackerman, she became a contributing writer for The Encyclopedia of Couples and Family Therapy.

Stevie is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Ackerman Relational Approach. Stevie deeply values a postmodern and collaborative approach to therapy, which views the therapeutic alliance as a major driver of positive change. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults from various backgrounds presenting with a wide range of issues in both individual and group settings. Combining behavioral and relational principles, Stevie’s practice is dynamic and well-rounded. She is warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental. She offers strategies to help her patients define their problem areas, identify their authentic needs, and develop effective coping mechanisms. Her clinical experience and comprehensive training allow her to leverage a diverse set of tools and strategies in her work.

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Stevie’s Patient Reviews

At the suggestion of group therapy my initial response was that is way too much; I am never going to open up to a room full of strangers. My only experience had been through television portrayals of support groups, however DBT is so much more than that (though those are also helpful in their own way). At some level, anyone with emotions who interacts with people should go through DBT.

The skills teach you how to look at the world in a more nuanced way. Rather than avoiding one’s emotions, especially at the detriment of their health, the group member is taught to tap in. This is not to mention the group aspect, meeting others (specifically other female identifying people) who are struggling similarly and to hear their take on this emotional journey makes the experience that much more interesting. The homework can feel like a lot and the book weighs a ton, but the knowledge gained from the group is worth the effort. Sometimes even twice!

I have been in therapy for 30 years. I was never given any skills in therapy to improve myself except in my self help groups. DBT has been by far the most useful of all the modalities I have encountered in my journey to become a healthier more evolved person. I am extremely grateful that I took it before the pandemic. The ”skills” I learned assist me on a daily basis to deal with the emotional battering that has accompanied this worldwide upheaval.

Stevie has given me concrete skills that I can use to manage my emotions and deal with any crisis and there are MANY. When I started DBT I was suffering from an anxious depression which was extremely uncomfortable. Thanks to DBT I was able to pull myself up and out of the depression and loose the dreaded anxiety.

I am now emotionally stable and confident that I can surmount any emotional obstacles that I might encounter.I have something to fall back on when the SHTF. I hope that one day when the virus is under control I could take another DBT again. I looked forward to it every week even though I was totally depressed.