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Dr. Hopkins Stern is a psychology resident working toward licensure as a clinical psychologist. She earned her doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She also received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from PCOM and Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Marywood University.
Her approach to treatment emphasizes working together with clients to foster comfort, wellness, and fulfillment in everyday life. She helps clients by collaborating with them to identify and work towards goals in substance use or mental health recovery. This may entail exploring patterns of thinking and behaving, learning skills to cope more effectively, discussing motivation and values, identifying new ways of thinking, healing from past events, and fostering acceptance. She believes that empathy, validation, and meeting clients where they are in mental health and substance use recovery are essential aspects of treatment, and that all clients have the potential for growth and change. It is her aim to provide a safe, empowering and affirming space for all clients.
In her work with clients, Dr. Hopkins Stern often views treatment through the lens of Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which involves looking at relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She also appreciates that each client is unique and may find benefit from other modalities. Mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing are some of the approaches that Dr. Hopkins Stern may pull from.
Dr. Hopkins Stern has prior experience in community mental health, residential substance use rehab, and inpatient hospital settings providing individual and group therapy. She has also developed groups for individuals with substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health diagnoses and conducted psychological evaluations (e.g. Autism, ADHD, and psychoeducational assessments). She is particularly passionate about treating substance use, co-occurring conditions, and eating disorders in adults. However, she enjoys working with a variety of people and has experience treating many mental health concerns, including but not limited to: substance use and other forms of addiction, eating disorders, body image and self-esteem concerns, mood disorders, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma, and stress management.