Therapy, Consultation and Training

206 State Street, Suite 9 Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 588-8423

Strength Based, Family Focused

30 Years' Experience

Evidence-Informed Treatment

Consultation and Training

A 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

Youth and Families:

  • Early Developmental Trauma 
  • Attachment Challenges
  • Gender Identity Development
  • Depression
  • Self Development / Identity Development Themes
  • Family Relationships
  • Stepfamily / Blended Family Issues 
  • Parenting Issues / Challenges

Adults and Couples

  • Trauma 
  • Issues Related to Identity and Oppression – Racism, Sexual Orienation, Gender Identity etc
  • Transgender Identity / Transitioning – Including Support for Medical Transition
  • Communication 
  • Attachment
  • Depression
  • Family / Intergenerational Issues

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!

About Stephen

“Consistently approached my child as a whole person”

“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 was a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX between 2018-2021
  • I am a Phase III Mentor in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics – developed by Dr. Bruce Perry
  • I’ve been an Adjunct Professor at Smith College School for Social Work since 2010
  • 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


My office is located at 206 State Street, Suite 9 Northampton MA 01060


I currently accept clients with the following insurance plans:

  • Mass Health:  MBHP;  Tufts
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield – All MA and PPO Plans
  • Health New England
  • Optum Behavioral Health
  • Tufts Commercial
  • Out of Network Benefits  


  • In accordance with the “No Surprises Act,” I provide a Good Faith Estimate of the cost of services for self paying and out of network paying clients.  For more information regarding this, Please Click Here for an official Notice of Good Faith Estimate.

Stephen J. Bradley LICSW, LMHC


“Able to get through to our teenage son at a very difficult time in his life”

“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.”


“I cannot recommend him highly enough!”

Stephen Bradley is a much respected and admired therapist, with a specialty in family and couples therapy. I’m the Director at Northampton Sex Therapy Associates, LLC and we have referred many clients to Stephen’s practice over the last couple of years and they all speak highly of him and his effectiveness as a clinician. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

Jassy Casella Timberlake

Director, Northampton Sex Therapy Associates

“Knowledgeable, extremely relatable and empathetic”

“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.”


“I refer clients to him without hesitation”

Stephen Bradley is the go-to person if your child and family are in need of support. His strength-based approach and solid knowledge of the leading evidence-informed models in the field of child and family therapy make him by far, one of the most skilled, compassionate and talented family therapists in the Pioneer Valley and New England.  He is that rare therapist who is simultaneously sharp and sensitive, seasoned and acts from a place of utmost integrity. I can give no higher recommendation to anyone. I refer clients to him without hesitation and only wish there were more professionals in the region of his caliber.

Kerry Lusignan

Director, Northampton Center for Couples Therapy

“More than just fifty minutes in an office”

“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.”


“I would, and do, send anyone I can”

Stephen is one of my trusted colleagues in the Northampton area. He is a family systems and couples therapist that I would, and do, send anyone that I can to see. He is an incredible source of peer supervision and an amazing clinician.

Shannon Sennott

Founder and Co-Director, Center for Psychotherapy and Social Justice

“Uncommonly geunuine care”

Stephen is a rare kind of therapist, and — as the third that I tried — clearly had a different level of engagement to offer, as well as an expertise that I only appreciated more as time went on. He brings his uncommonly genuine care, dedication to being there with you, and clinical astuteness to every minute of every session.


“An excellent therapist”

He now teaches practice and family therapy courses in my program. I admire his dedication, breadth of theoretical understanding, depth of clinical knowledge and experience, awareness of social and cultural issues and commitment to helping clients. He is not only an excellent therapist but has taught and trained many students who have gone on to be strong clinical practitioners.

Josh Miller, Ph.D.

Professor, Smith College School for Social Work

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