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  • University of Wyoming, May 2011, BA of Psychology

  • University of Alaska Anchorage, May 2013, Master of Social Work

  • Graduate intern at Alaska Child & Family 

  • Graduate intern at Providence Alaska Medical Center- Pediatric inpatient

  • LCSW #107428 (Expires: 2024-06-30)

  • Stress, Anxiety

  • Trauma 

  • Self esteem

  • Parenting

  • Pregnancy loss, infertility

  • Coping with life changes

Also experienced in: 

Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Grief, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Family Problems, Parenting issues, Pregnancy Loss/Infertility, Prenatal & Perinatal Mental Health, Guilt and Shame, Isolation/Loneliness, Homelessness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Sexual Assault and Abuse


My name is Stephanie and I am the owner/founder of Refuge Cove Counseling, LLC. I am a born and raised Alaskan. Originating from the SE, I now reside in south central Alaska and love it, although  mountains will never replace the ocean. I grew up on the sea engaging in both recreational and commercial fishing with my family. Being on the ocean, beach-combing the rocky beaches of southeast, and finding treasure in tide pools are some of my favorite self care activities and so, Refuge Cove Counseling was born. I strive to provide my clients with a safe refuge as they learn to sail their ship through whatever storm comes their way. I want to be a safe place to pursue healing and to be someone who can join you on your journey.

My career has been spent working in behavioral health, trauma, crisis intervention, homelessness and anti sex-trafficking efforts. I also have spent some time working with disabilities and early intervention. My professional experiences, as well as my personal experiences of pregnancy loss and anxiety, have inspired me to begin pursing my certification in perinatal mental health where I hope to gain the educational and professional expertise of postpartum care. I hope to create a safe space in my practice for mothers and their partners to come for support & healing as they walk through the journey of infertility, pregnancy/child loss and the difficulties that come with these experiences. 

  • Postpartum Support International Alaska Chapter- Communications Chair (CURRENT)

  • National Association of Social Workers Alaska Chapter, President

  • Ketchikan Youth Initiatives, Vice President

  • Providence Medical Group- behavioral health consultant/medical social worker

  • Priceless Alaska- director of survivor care

  • Programs for Infants & Children- behavioral health specialist

  • Covenant House Alaska- mental health clinician


Perinatal Mental Health [PMH-C IN PROGRESS, eligible for exam]

EMDR Trained [October 2022]

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