Stephanie Olarte is a psychologist in Silver Spring, MD

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Hi, I'm Dr. Stephanie! 

In a world full of mental health buzzwords, I keep it simple: Compassion. Relationships. Authenticity.


My craft is helping children, teenagers and their families heal their relationships without blaming, punishment, or enabling.

My clients struggle like you do. Despite being up to date on the latest behavioral strategies, well versed in all the parenting blogs, and in constant communication with teachers, life is hard, and time is running out.

When they first come in, parents have often been to another mental health provider who simply couldn’t meet their needs. They longed for an emotional safe space that focused on helping them better understand why their child was so upset all the time.


They’d spent years with sticker charts and routines that were great for the short term, but wore off over time or were simply too difficult to carry out over the years.

They communicate regularly with teachers, make sure their child does homework. But find that no matter what they try, their child is still too anxious or irritable to reach their academic potential. And all that results are arguments with each report card or negative calls from teachers.

They try to get to know their teen, but find it awkward, or feel rejected. Getting to know your kid was supposed to get easier as they got older, right? Why can they spend hours texting and laughing with friends, but suddenly grow silent at the dinner table?

Their teen’s outburst and meltdowns get in the way of the life they want in so many ways. They aren’t the kind of family they want to be. They feel like they’re failing at being parents. And their confidence in raising humans is tanking.

Before they came to see me, many parents worried their teen wouldn’t open up to a stranger. They worried that they wouldn’t be given a seat at the table in their teen’s therapy. And they were pretty certain they wouldn’t be invited into the therapeutic space. Being left out can be confusing and infuriating.

Like my clients, you deserve an emotional safe space where you can figure out why your teen is upset all the time. Let's address some of your deepest concerns about your teen's development and well-being.


If you're ready for shared joy with your teen, I’d love to help you get there.