About Regina Marie Stiffler, LPC

Empowering Women in Helping Professions Regain Comfort and Peace.

The West Wing once told a story about a man who fell down in a hole. He asked a doctor and a priest for help. But they threw down prescriptions and prayers respectively and went along their way. When a friend passed by, he jumped down in the hole with the man and said, “I’ve been here before. I know the way out.”

This is how I view therapy. I could throw down a ladder so you can get yourself out. But what if you can’t find the ladder or don’t know how to use it? No. I’ll jump in that hole with you. With my training and personal experience and your expertise in yourself, you can get out of that hole. You can live a life that’s comfortable, peaceful, and fulfilling.

Regina Marie Stiffler's Story

How did I get here?
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When I was young, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do when I grew up. For a while, I wanted to be a firefighter. Then a lifeguard. After that, it was a doctor. In high school, I settled on “human services,” whatever that meant. The common thread was I really just wanted to help people.

I left college to be a paramedic. After working for a few different private ambulance companies, I finished my paramedic training. Then I got my “dream job.” I started working for the Baltimore County Fire Department. It was great. I got to help people and I had a schedule that let me have free time and travel.

But it didn’t last. I didn’t know how to ask for help when I started struggling. And eventually PTSD and compassion fatigue drove me out of the job I loved. I let my license lapse and I was floundering. The idea of doing anything to help anyone again felt like it was too much. I, Regina Marie Stiffler, had failed.

The peace I once had was gone. I went to therapists who told me they didn’t think my experience was “traumatic enough.” There were therapists who hardly said anything at all. Desperation was setting in, but I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do to get there. I was down in that hole, and it felt so alone. 

Eventually, my desperation led me back to school. I hoped to find a way to fix myself by finishing my psychology degree. And little by little I did. I started feeling connected to people around me again. Best of all, I could sleep without nightmares and drive around town without flashbacks and intrusive memories of the people I helped. I finally found my purpose again.

Regina Marie Stiffler's Training and Experience

The Boring Professional Details

An about me page wouldn’t be complete without the typical resume like section. Therefore, here are the most important details from my professional life.

License and Certifications

Education

Training

Professional Experience

Relevant Non-Therapy Experience

Personal Life

The Fun Stuff

While some therapists shy away from sharing their personal lives, I believe it’s an important part of building trust in therapy. Therefore, I tend to use more self-disclosure than many other therapists. With that in mind, here are a few fun things you’ll enjoy knowing about me.

I split my time between Texas and Maryland as I am also helping my aging parents. When I’m in Texas, I live with my boyfriend and 4 cats. You will, I’m sure, see my cats during sessions as they snooze away in the background of my camera. While in Maryland, I typically work from an office in my parents basement. Thus, the background is far less interesting.

You will learn that I am the nerdy type. I love things like Star Wars, Star Trek, and fantasy type settings. Also, gaming is one of my favorite escapes: current games being Oxygen Not Included, Sims 4, and Animal Crossing. When I’m not playing video games or working, I can be found watching trains on virtual railcams, drinking tea, or crocheting. 

And finally, I enjoy learning new things. I am usually in the middle of 2 or 3 online courses at a time. It doesn’t matter if they’re continuing education for work or if they’re just for my own information. My current projects include Yoga Teacher Training and Klingon language. 

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Choosing Regina Marie Stiffler As Your Therapist

Why I Might Be the Best Therapist For You

Different people obviously have different tastes. And in therapy, the relationship between you and your therapist is more important than any other factor. So it’s important to find a therapist that you mesh well with. I might be the best therapist for you if you prefer a therapist who:

I look at the first few months or so of therapy as a trial period. While a free consultation is great for getting a taste of my personality, it is not therapy. Therefore, you can’t really get a feel for how therapy with me works during the consultation. You can really only get that experience by trying it. There’s no pressure to continue sessions if you find that I’m not the best for you.