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THERAPIST'S ROLE

We are conveniently located in the Counseling Center located in Martin County. Our address is 819 SW Federal Highway, 200 B, Stuart, FL 34994.


Please contact us via the online form on the contact page and request services as needed or call us at (772)529-0372.

A Therapist's Role:

  • To listen to you, helping you develop a better understanding so you may effectively deal with your concerns.
  • To protect your privacy.
  • To notify you on a timely basis of need to reschedule an appointment.
  • To take you seriously and discuss anything you wish to discuss.
  • To work with you, but not do for you what you can do for yourself.
  • To charge fees that are in line with professional and community standards.
  • To avoid dual roles and conflicts of interest that may interfere with the therapeutic process.
  • To strive to do what is in your best interest and to do you no harm.
  • To avoid lengthy delays in beginning sessions.
  • To refer you to other professionals for areas outside counselor's level of competence.

Stacey Hellow, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Hellow is the CEO and provides social and psychological services to at risk adults, adolescents and children. She is married to a Retired Navy Veteran and is the mother/stepmom of seven She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Psychotherapist with a PhD in Psychology. She is also Trained in EMDR  CIT/CISM, and Family and Elder Mediation. Dr. Hellow has spent the past 23 years working with individuals, families, children, and adolescents.

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She started her career as a Victim's Advocate helping victims of crime. Dr. Hellow also has extensive experience working with Law Enforcement, Dispatch, and Corrections Officers, as well as Military Veterans, and their families. She also specializes in treating individuals with Anxiety and Depression, Trauma/PTSD from Sexual or Physical abuse, as well as Blended Families, Divorce and Marital issues. Dr. Hellow published the book entiled "I Should Know Better" which provides information and empowerment for victims of domestic violence. A majority of Dr. Hellow's career has been spent working with dual diagnosis clients, and individuals suffering from severe mental illness. She believes that early intervention can help transform children and their parents into empowered families and individuals. Dr. Hellow utilizes a mixture of the cognitive behavioral, EMDR, solution focused, strengths based, and postmodern theoretical approaches that assist individuals in consciously deciding what to focus on and not allow unwanted or intrusive thoughts in.These modalities also help a client to envision a future and acquire the coping mechanisms and skills to achieve the goals he/she desires. 

Steve Rubin, LCSW

Mr. Rubin is a Licenced Clinical Social Worker and has worked in all areas of substance use treatment, including detox, inpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization. Mr. Rubin is passionate about working with families and individuals of all ages; as such he has served on local PTA’s, School Advisory Councils (SAC) and alongside business and political community leaders to ensure the best interests of the children and families in the community. Mr. Rubin utilizes a strengths based solution–focused approach alongside his education and experience; he brings a scientific, spiritual, and a therapeutic approach to his work. Mr. Rubin also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem, defending the rights of children in the Foster Care system and in 2014 was recognized as the 15th Judicial Circuit Permanency Advocate of the Year. He specializes in treating addictions in young adults and adolescents, as well as client's suffering from a range of mental health issues from acute stress disorder/PTSD to Bi-polar and Schizophrenia. Mr. Rubin also believes in working alongside a client building upon the client’s strengths and right to self-determination. 

Kate Merwin, MSW

Kate Merwin graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and a certificate in Behavioral Forensics. Kate then completed an internship with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office where she engaged with at risk youth in a residential setting. From 2010-2012, Kate joined the S.T.A.C.E.Y. Foundation as the VP of Marketing and Developing where she coordinated fundraising events and volunteer opportunities for adolescents. In 2016, Kate graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University. During this time Kate spent 2 years as a play therapy intern and after graduation began treating at risk children full time. Kate is passionate about working with children and has had the opportunity to focus on serving children age 0-6 throughout the community to create a trauma-informed, ACES-aware community that serves our most vulnerable children and families throughout the county. Kate has training in Play Therapy, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art therapy techniques.