About Me

This is my attempt at creating the balance I promote for others, in my own life. Having a place clients can check in while I’m not in the office allows me a wide reach to those looking for support, balance, and flow in their own lives when I am not available in person, online, or over the phone.

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Practice Specialties

Stacy is a licensed clinical and somatic psychologist. She specializes in understanding how the body and mind interact using a variety of techniques to treat mental health issues. She has experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, personality disorders, addiction, weight loss/gain, obesity/bariatric surgery counseling, along with non-medical treatments for pain management and chronic disease management.  Throughout her practice Stacy has helped clients develop goals and determine next steps to optimal health and wellness while managing life change. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist, on the 24 hr crisis team, and as an integrated behavioral health professional working alongside primary care physicians. Stacy has experience working with all ages groups from children through adults including couples and families.

As a student of somatic psychology and the effects of trauma, she explores how we develop relationship with ourselves, others, spaces, and create a sense of balance in our lives using movement and mindfulness.

Stacy is a graduate of the Hakomi Comprehensive Program, trained in EMDR, skilled in Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral,  and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy methods among others. She blends these to create individualized programs that include exercise, diet, and positive copings skills to address a variety of mental health concerns.

Research

Her current clinical practice looks at the impacts of physical exercise on trauma symptoms. Her research interests include how the endocrine system, specifically the HPA-axis is impacted by both trauma and physical exercise and how physical activity may work to address both psychosocial and physical co-occurring symptoms in those suffering from trauma related symptoms. Many who suffer from trauma experiences also suffer from co-occurring health disorders like obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes management. Research has repeatedly shown those with mental health illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than their mentally healthy counterparts and co-occurring disorders play a role.

 

Education

She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology/Somatic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Superior, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She is a professional member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and can be found in their clinician directory. Stacy is an AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Through AFAA’s PFT Certification she taught and certified new Personal Trainers for 9 years and continues to look for ways to help personal trainers meet the diverse needs of their clients by addressing mental health issues that arise on the fitness center floor.

Interests & Experience

Stacy is the founder of SuperiorWorkout.com, a website designed to keep you moving toward your fitness goals. Formerly, a fitness center owner (Superior Balance, Inc) and weekly Health and Fitness Columnist in The Daily Telegram of Superior, WI, Stacy is the founder and former board chair of Superior-Douglas County Fit Cities Initiative bringing activity to the community in a grass roots campaign to get people moving. She has taught psychology as an adjunct professor at Fort Lewis College, health related classes in a variety of settings, worked in the fitness industry for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities, and she has been a speaker at various forums, workshops, and conferences on a variety of wellness topics.

More at SuperiorWorkout.com & SuperiorBalance.com  where she works with clients interested in finding their best mental and physical balance or right here where she blogs about psychology, trauma, and physical exercise.

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