Stephen Black, B.S.
Skills Trainer & Life Coach
Stephen studies clinical counseling at Western Seminary with an anticipated graduation in April 2022.
Stephen's career started in the classroom, teaching at an international school overseas where he combined his gifts of compassion and teaching with his passion for serving youth and exploring culture. Stephen worked at the school for five years before transferring to a role in family care coordination for families working at international schools overseas. Some of his greatest moments came from making connections with parents, adolescents, and children as they experienced the pain and joy of making difficult life changes. Largely influenced by these experiences, Stephen is now pursuing a Master's in Clinical Counseling with a specialty in Child and Youth Development.
In his studies, Stephen has taken particular interest in compulsive behaviors and substance use issues, and finds deep satisfaction in meeting people at their most desperate moments. In clinical language, Stephen likes to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help people identify and pursue their values-based life goals from a person-centered perspective. Stephen is also informed by Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help his clients find the motivation and tools that they need to succeed in life. His style is laid back and casual, and he often uses humor to educate, build rapport, and explore difficult issues. Stephen currently teaches DBT informed skills (such as distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills) to adolescents and adults in group and individual sessions.
When he's not doing therapy, Stephen enjoys being outside (like you might expect from any Pacific Northwesterner) and going on hikes or bike rides, loves sci-fi (both books and shows), and listens to alternative radio. And in his free time he is most likely learning a new hobby (like woodworking or knitting) or playing a game with friends.
Services & Fees
Group Skills Training
Sometimes things can't be fixed, or just take time to resolve. One of the beautiful things about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is that it doesn't always have to fix the problem. Instead, it addresses behavioral concerns in spite of the problem. In this group, Stephen will teach DBT informed skills in the areas of distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Checkout the flier here.
Adult Group: Wednesdays at 5pm ($720 for 12 sessions)
Age 13-17 Group: Thursdays at 4pm ($360 for 12 sessions)
Individual Skills Training
Skills training is a process through which a trainer teaches and reinforces particular skills to support particular behaviors, feelings, and a general sense of wellbeing. Skills may be mental, emotional, or social skills.
$75 – Skills Training Intake
$50 – Session
Coaching is a process through which a coach and client co-create and implement an action plan for achieving client-identified goals. Coaching may involve changing your mindset, learning skills, and taking advantage of resources to maximize success. The coach provides assistance in overcoming obstacles, enhancing motivation, and tracking progress.
$125 – Coaching Intake
$100 – Session