Isabel Stepanik was born in Lima, Peru, her homeland that she frequents regularly. However, having migrated to Australia in her early twenties Isabel has well and truly made Australia a country she calls home.
Isabel is a registered psychologist and has been working in this profession for the past 15 years. Her professional experience includes 11 years in the NSW Correctional Gaol System. Her work in these Correctional Units has given Isabel exposure to long-term intervention with sex-offenders, acute self-harm/suicidal and serious offenders. In addition, she has counseled inmates with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and schizophrenia among others.
In a broader sense Isabel’s experience covers the treatment of clients with substance abuse issues, marital conflict, anger issues, suffering or inflicting domestic violence, self-harm/suicide, physical and emotional abuse, and other behavioral disorders.
Her therapeutic experience includes 8 years counseling with children at risk, who were emotionally, physically and sexually abused, as well as providing counseling to their families on a wide range of issues such as grief and trauma, drug and alcohol abuse, and relationship problems.
With her Latin-American background, Isabel’s specialist skills are frequently sought after by the Spanish/Latin American community organizations within Australia. Ms. Stepanik has also led numerous Professional Study Overseas Tours to Spanish Speaking Countries and other overseas countries as well.
Although, dealing with a variety of groups- her personal mission has always held firm:
“To be a force for positive change and inspire others to succeed in life.”
Isabel’s popular public profile within the Latin American Community has granted Ms Stepanik radio interviews with SBS and publications in the Transcultural Mental Health Diversity text book series on topics concerning Spanish speaking inmates within the prison system and their issues of isolation and imprisonment traumas.
Her passion is to work with CALD groups and people from Non-English speaking backgrounds, since her professional strength is the ability to understand and interpret different cultural idiosyncrasies.
Isabel has decided to start writing in order to share her wealth of knowledge and experience with a larger audience. In her own way be that “force for positive change and inspire others to succeed in life”.
Currently working at her private practice in the St. George areas of NSW.
Where to buy in print
Welcome to Paradise
by Isabel Stepanik
Isabel Stepanik was barely 20 when she left her large warm extended family in Peru and crossed the world to Australia. It was the seventies and she found a country where ‘siestas’ were unheard of, and the streets were empty after 5 – very different from the lively culture she had left behind.She never dreamed that she would make Australia her home, and certainly not that she would end up spending
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