Therapy, Consultation and Training

8 Trumbull Rd Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 588-8423

Strength Based, Family Focused

25 Years' Experience

Evidence-Informed Treatment

Consultation and Training

Neuro-Developmental Approach

Families, Individuals, and Couples

Trauma Informed Treatment

In this video segment, Stephen talks about the variable impact of trauma on children and the importance of relationships in reducing the negative impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences.  This video was taken as part of a project by Sara Heinonen and Alexandra Pigeon which can be located here

“Stephen has helped our family tremendously…” His soft-spoken, inquisitive approach, helped us get to the roots of some of the issues we were struggling with.  His knowledge of child learning, and overall family behaviors is deep.  Our child looks forward to their time speaking with Stephen regularly.  We highly recommend him.”

-Family Client

Focusing On:

Children, Teenagers and Families:

  • Behavior Problems
  • Legal Problems
  • Substance Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • School Problems (Behavior, Grades, and Attendance)
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • ADHD and Bipolar Issues

Adults:

  • Parenting Children with Emotional Challenges
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Trauma and It’s Effects
  • Relationship Issues
  • Young Adult Life / Transitions
  • Issues Related to Oppression and Social Identity – Sexual Orientation, Gender, Race, etc

10 Ways I Can Help:

  1. Focusing on strengths as well as problems
  2. Believing strongly in the ability for things to change and get better
  3. Identifying the direction you want to go in and helping you get there
  4. Focusing on solutions that reflect your values and your actual life circumstances
  5. Being a friendly, experienced “team player” who advocates for you and your family
  6. Understanding “what works” having worked with many issues over the years
  7. Facilitating changes that last after therapy is over.
  8. Offering new ideas, understanding and strategies
  9. Supporting you to feel better within 3 sessions*
  10. Genuinely caring!

*Results may vary but generally you will experience more hope and support within the first few meetings – no one needs one more place to feel unhappy and therapy should be helpful – not another source of stress!

“Stephen has consistently approached my child as a whole person with integrity and a mind and opinions all her own.  I credit much of her growth to his skillful work with her and his ability to bring her very complex and diverse family together to work as a team on a common project – meeting her needs.”

-Parent of Child Client

My Background:

  • I’ve been a family and individual therapist for over 25 years
  • I am a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX and a Phase II / TTT Trained NMT™ practitioner
  • I am an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work
  • I graduated from the Umass Amherst with an M.Ed in Counseling and Smith College School for Social Work with an MSW.
  • I’m a former supervisor and director of in home therapy and therapeutic residential programs for youth in CT and MA
  • I’m a former Outward Bound Instructor and Peace Corps Volunteer
  • I have a lifelong commitment to social justice and serving people with diverse social and cultural backgrounds and identities

My Approach:

  • My approach is strength based and family-focused (I believe strongly in family voice and choice)
  • I identify the strengths and resources that your family has for solving problems.
  • I am very comfortable with challenge and complexity in children and families
  • I combine behavioral, relational, and dynamic approaches
  • I offer practice support and concrete ideas for helping things improve.
  • I have worked with and supported many clients to get on safer, steadier ground
  • I am happy to talk with you further about my practice, style and approach

Location and Insurance

Location:

My office is located at 8 Trumbull Rd, Northampton MA 01060

Insurance:

I currently accept clients with the following insurance plans:

  • Mass Health:  MBHP;  Tufts;   BMC HealthNet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield – All MA and PPO Plans
  • Health New England
  • Beacon
  • Out of Network Benefits

Stephen J. Bradley LICSW, LMHC

Testimonials

“Stephen is a compassionate, experienced professional…..” “Stephen is a compassionate, experienced professional with excellent communication and relationship building skills. He was able to get through to our teenage son at a very difficult time in his life. He provided us with much needed support and essential resources to help us better understand the emotional difficulties our son was experiencing. His kind and supportive nature was invaluable to us as parents and I would highly recommend his services.”

-Parent of Teen Client

“Stephen is a wonderful listener and a thoughtful partner in this process of understanding connection…” “After my separation and subsequent divorce, I wanted and felt like I needed a male therapist.  Stephen is a wonderful listener and thoughtful partner in this process of understanding connection, attachment, resistance, fear, and strength.  Stephen is incredibly knowledgeable, extremely relatable, and empathetic. He moves with me through some hard moments. Stephen helps me hold it together, walks with me when I fall apart, and laughs with me in between.”

-Client

“Stephen was able to engage a father in treatment when others had not been able to do so in the past…..he truly values cultural competence….” “Stephen is a true wraparound champion.  In particular he [takes] a true family-centered approach and was able to engage a father in treatment when others had not been able to do so in the past. In this case, he was also able to work with the family to move closer to reunification, which was quite significant. In his work with staff, Stephen also utilizes the wraparound principles – he looks for the strengths in his staff and works to build on them and he truly values cultural competence.  His efforts in wraparound have really been beneficial not only for the clients in his program, but for the agency as a whole.”

Liz Bryden -Vice President - Village for Families

“I don’t think we could have found a better person to help us” “I don’t think we could have found a better person to help us. Stephen is a great listener, fair, and not afraid to call us on our stuff when needed. Through this process, we went from not knowing how to enjoy each other, or even like each other, to a renewed sense of commitment and love for our family. We can’t thank Stephen enough.”

-Client

“Stephen has been incredibly effective for my family. Other therapists turned us down for services because our family structure and presenting issues were ‘too complex,’ but Stephen rose to the challenge. Stephen’s practice is more than just fifty minutes in an office; he is willing to work with whole families in order to put the child’s needs in context and to best tailor his approach to each child’s unique situation. His work is trauma-informed, comprehensive, and systematic; he is as interested in the impact of trauma on a child’s neuropsychological development as he is in the effect of the child’s family structure on how she relates to the adults in her life. He is open to feedback and always willing to try new strategies if something doesn’t work.”

-Parent of Child Client

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