As a social worker and parenting consultant Stefani has worked with hundreds of families and has over 20 years of experience. Her specialty is working with parents and children from birth to age 10. Some of these children may present with learning differences and special needs while others may be strongwilled or are having difficulty in school and are a challenge for their parents. Many people find it helpful to discuss their parenting concerns in a “judgment free zone” and to be able to have a sounding board. Individual counseling for adults is also available.
In addition to counseling, Stefani provides animal assisted therapy, humane education programs, and helps people overcome their fear of dogs. Fozzie, her canine partner, assists her.
As a child Stefani was fortunate to share her life with dogs, cats, horses and guinea pigs. Stefani enjoys sharing this love of animals with the people she meets. Stefani uses her personal and professional experience in many different ways. It might be helping a family decide if they are ready for a pet or suggesting some rituals to help a grieving family after the death of a beloved pet.
Stefani received a BA in sociology from William Smith College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU. She is a member of NASW, Association of Professional Humane Educators, and Heart Pet Programs.
If your child has a fear of dogs, as a parent, you can help! On this website, learn more about the Fear of Dogs and How to Help Your Child Overcome the Fear of Dogs using Stefani's Overcoming the Fear of Dogs (OFOD) Protocol.
For more information on how to help your child who is afraid of dogs, visit kidsfearofdogs.com