I strive to apply authenticity professionally, as I strive to personally. I believe together we will unleash the power and insight already within you.

I applaud your courage to travel beyond the familiar, entering this journey with me. I believe you will not regret the choice you have now made. We will develop a plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

My counseling style is warm, interactive, and person-centered. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I don’t believe in stigmatizing labels.I do not judge or moralize. My approach combines empathic cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapies.

I am a licensed clinical social worker, and professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty-years, with more than twenty-years a licensed clinician.

My primary practice approach is helping those experiencing grief and loss, particularly after a traumatic loss(es)/experiences, e.g., homicide, suicide, disaster/public emergency, adjustment issues post-incarceration, domestic violence, and racial/gender hate.

I also have significant experience with relationship issues, couples counseling, and domestic/intimate partner violence/abuse in its various forms. I have more than 10 years of disaster mental health experience, and I am an effective sexual health interventionist with couples and individuals.

I am an LGBTQ+ affirming ally and safe!!! I do not judge or moralize in my practice, or my personal life. I strive to apply the same authenticity professionally, I strive to live personally. I am here to help you navigate your experience journey. I cannot do it for you. That said, I believe that together we will unleash the power and insight already within you for your best-desired outcome from our therapeutic interactions together.


Stephan-Idris-Mambazo

Stephan “Idris” Mambazo,
Ph.D. (ABD), MSW, LICSW-PIP, CGRS-P


(WPATH) Gender and
Sexuality Therapy


My approach combines empathic cognitive-behavioral, narrative, dialectical, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapies.

I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty years as a licensed clinician.

I am a twice-graduate of Temple University School of Social Work in Philadelphia, earning bachelor and master degrees in social work. Additionally, I have successfully completed the required coursework and comprehensive examinations for the Ph.D. in Counseling Studies (all but dissertation) at Capella University.

Together, we will develop a treatment/service plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I applaud your courage to travel beyond the familiar to enter this journey with me into the unknown/unfamiliar. I believe you will not regret the choice you have now made.

I am looking forward to our journey toward greater emotional health!

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