Our Staff
Stephanie McGhee
Primary Therapist

Stephanie is a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker who earned a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, an MS in Human Development from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MSW from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  She is a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT), having trained directly with Dr. Patrick Carnes and the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She also holds Addictions Counselor Training certification through Rutgers’ Center for Alcohol Studies and School of Social Work, and has trauma-based and mindfulness-based training. In addition to her experience at Leadem Counseling & Consulting Services, she has had the opportunity to work in short-term and long-term inpatient programs with people hit especially hard by multiple addictions, mental health issues and trauma.

Stephanie’s particular interest is the treatment of sex addiction and other “process” addictions, like compulsive eating, workaholism and shopping.  Through her work, she has come to understand the degree to which many people suffering from addiction struggle with histories of trauma and abuse, intense shame and troubled relationships. She enjoys helping those in recovery to address such struggles as a way for them not just to maintain sobriety, but also to thrive and find the beauty within themselves.

She draws from her personal experience with addiction and twelve-step recovery. To her, addiction as a disease deeply entwined with a person’s sense of self, relationships and spiritual wellbeing.  Recovery is a process of healing and growth, not simply an act of getting sober. She takes a mind-body-spirit approach to helping clients. This means integrating a strong knowledge of the neuroscience behind addiction and trauma — and the effects of each on the body — with 12-Step, mindfulness-based and trauma-informed models of treatment.

In addition to her clinical experience, Stephanie has 25 years’ experience as a researcher and writer.

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