Stephanie Messerly is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a Licensed Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy pursuing dual licensure as an LMFT. Stephanie has been very active in serving our community in many ways: in-home services with autistic children, internships with women and children at a domestic violence shelter, a community food pantry, and a suicide prevention screening program for middle and high school youth. Early in her undergraduate studies, Stephanie recognized a desire to provide care to people who are hurting. This desire brought opportunities to serve children, adolescents, and their families through group and family counseling at Virginia Baptist Hospital’s psychiatric unit, and experience with adults and geriatric patients on the inpatient psychiatric units. In addition to the hospital, Stephanie has had the privilege of counseling individuals, couples, and families through two local outpatient counseling centers, including here at Hill City Counseling.
Stephanie is passionate about walking alongside clients through the process of counseling to help restore marriages, families, and other interpersonal relationships. She desires to be a therapist who connects with clients by leaning into their hurts, fears, and uncertainties, while also celebrating their victories, strengths, and passions. Stephanie has experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, traumatic events, marital strain, and family stressors. She is a certified facilitator in SYMBIS, Prepare/Enrich, and Gottman Level I, which are effective programs to prepare and improve relationship skills. Stephanie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective trauma protocol.
When she is not sitting in the counselor’s seat, Stephanie enjoys hiking, taking pictures, reading, and time with friends and family. Through her local church, she enjoys leading a young adult life group where she helps cultivate community, intimacy, and spiritual growth.