Stephanie Stocki, Psy.D., MSW, LCSW
Stephanie Stocki, Psy.D., MSW, LCSW is licensed in Pennsylvania and Florida. She holds licenses in Florida as a Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. Dr. Stocki received her Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Barry University and her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Nova Southeastern University. She has been in private practice since 1978. Prior to this she was employed by a local mental health clinic and, additionally, as a director of a home for dependent, abused boys. In her professional experience, she has worked with groups, families, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Stocki has a specialty in working with women’s issues. Her primary area of expertise, interest, and experience has been in treating easting disorders, co-dependency, and adult children of alcoholics.
Dr. Stocki’s experience with eating disorders began in the late 1970’s when Bulimia Nervosa became almost an epidemic where she lived in South Florida. At that time, she collaborated with another therapist and they began to educate and treat many eating disordered girls and women with Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa. A long-running support group was initiated and numerous workshops were given to local practitioners. Initially, her primary focus had been with Bulimia Nervosa and Compulsive Overeating, but now also includes Anorexia Nervosa, binge-eating, and obesity. Dr. Stocki specializes in the following:
- Eating Disorders
- Women’s Issues
- Grief and Loss Issues
- Gay/Lesbian Issues
“Eating disorders and disordered eating is viewed as a person suffering from conditions that have both a socio-cultural and psychological basis, along with a possible genetic and physiological component. Therefore, therapy involves a team approach with a medical, nutritional, psychological, and possibly a spiritual component. It is my strong belief that due to cultural messages, girls and women do not listen to their inner voice, which is the strongest sense about them. By ignoring or not believing in themselves and having people pleasing behavior’s, they lose their identity and sense of self. Each person’s history is different and often trauma may be a component of a person’s life which requires healing. My treatment goal is to establish a strong therapeutic relationship so as to start the recovery process and reclaim the woman’s true self.”