Getting to know October’s Featured Therapist Cassie Stiffler, MFT

October 1, 2017

Every month, Council for Relationships highlights one of our staff therapists on the blog. Read our interview below with October’s Featured Therapist Cassie Stiffler, MFT.

Tell us a little about what makes you unique as a therapist and person:

First and foremost, I am a new mom to a 7-month-old baby girl! My new role as a mother is the most encompassing thing about me right now – how amazing that such a common occurrence can be so fulfilling and depleting all at once! I myself grew up in a family of mental health professionals; my mom is a therapist and my older brother is a psychiatrist. So I suppose you could say this profession chose me as much as I chose it. Being a therapist truly feels second-nature to me, and I feel very fortunate to do this meaningful work.

What is your role here at CFR?

I am a staff therapist working in the Center City and Blue Bell offices. I work primarily with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and all things relational. Specifically, transitions in this stage of life can be difficult, whether you are applying to college, getting that first big job, or are in the midst of a breakup. I have been at CFR for 4 years and graduated with my Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy in 2009 from Thomas Jefferson University (partnered with Council for Relationships).

Is inner peace real? If so, how can one work towards this?

I do believe inner peace to be real, though fleeting! Life is a series of moments, and some moments can, and should, feel truly peaceful. To achieve this, mindfulness is inner peace’s best friend. A beginner’s tip toward being mindful – simply slow down and try appreciating some simple elements of your natural environment. This can be profoundly stabilizing and peaceful!

What is one piece of advice you would like to give people who may be struggling emotionally and would like to seek to counsel but may not be ready?

Take life one day at a time. While you may be feeling very lonely right now, know that we all go through difficult times. And when you are ready, seeking counsel is not as scary as you may think! It’s normal to feel nervous, but I often see a calmness and hopefulness in my clients once they feel that someone is listening. Everyone has a story, and unpacking it with a trained professional can be very freeing.

Who is your favorite musician?

My favorite band is Counting Crows, and I specifically love Adam Duritz. He is the man behind their beautifully written lyrics and melodies. My husband pokes fun at me, as I think I know the “hidden” meaning behind all of their songs! The music of Counting Crows also makes me nostalgic for the 90’s. They just don’t make ‘em the way they used to!

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Cassie Stiffler, MFT