Stacie Fanelli (she/her)

Accepting Clients

I help people who have lost their voice regain and become comfortable with their power. I value authenticity and the beauty of "unmasking."

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Orange County, CA

About My Clients

Because I love to incorporate lived experience and mentorship as a way to instill hope, and because I know talking to someone who "gets it" is sometimes just what it takes, I have a particular fondness for working in the intersection of eating disorders and ADHD or autism, an area that is often overlooked or clumped together with every other eating disorder. I also love working with people who have just learned that they are neurodivergent and are discovering where that fits into their identity.

My Background and Approach

My approach to therapy, rooted in self-compassion, is client-centered, social justice-oriented, and collaborative. I am skilled in gently confronting the parts of my clients that once protected them but are no longer needed. As a social worker, I am trained to consider not only your thoughts and feelings as areas for growth but also the systems you live in, like your family or community, and I will never ask you to adjust to oppression. I have experience working with a variety of life stressors and transitions, including workplace anxiety and challenging relationships, as well as acute and complex trauma. I specialize in addressing the mood symptoms that come with neurodivergence and with body image distress, and I have treated eating disorders at all levels of care. I proudly work from a Health at Every Size® lens and incorporate different types of skills-based, creative, and interpersonal therapies into my style, depending on each person’s needs and preferences.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I don't believe relentless positivity is conducive to healing. It's important to me that space is made for all vibes, and while I hope that you can feel more positive with therapy, I recognize that sometimes things just suck and we need to let them suck for a bit and sit in the suck. I also believe that good therapy is client-centered but that doesn't mean my role is to be a blank slate. By sharing my relevant lived experience, I get to access empathy and validation that is more meaningful than that which comes from therapists who are simply mirrors. The therapeutic relationship is a real relationship, not someone you pay to be your friend, and thus attachment happens and doesn't need to be pathologized. We can do our best work in that. Lastly, I believe that therapy is political. I welcome my clients to ask about my specific beliefs around topics that matter to them because the support I can give you is framed by the context I live in.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 7 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $200 - 225/session

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