Stephanie Buttacavoli, Therapist in California — Zencare
Stephanie  Buttacavoli
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Stephanie Buttacavoli

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Updated March 13, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Alcohol use disorder & addiction
  • Couples counseling
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Stephanie Buttacavoli is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Orange County, Ca, where she works with couples, families and individuals on improving their relationships and overall functioning. Many of her clients come in for therapy to learn healthy ways to cope with life stressors, depression, anxiety, and past trauma. In couples therapy, she addresses issues in communication, intimacy and mismatched parenting styles. In addition, Stephanie has over 21 years of experience in addiction treatment and understands how to motivate clients needing sobriety. She is well versed in providing clear direction to family members challenged by the impact of addiction. Her client focuses are current complaints, patterns of behavior, family history and cultural expectations to properly assess, diagnose and develop goals for treatment. Stephanie believes mutually agreed upon goals leads to success in treatment.

Stephanie's approach begins with building rapport with clients and providing a safe place for them to share their pain, while learning how to accept validation . Her style is interactive and non-judgmental, with the client being the expert on their life. She focuses on helping her client achieve insight into why the problem exists and how to manage the symptoms, utilizing CBT and Mindfulness. She supports her clients in exploring when the problem first began and how it may have been compounded. Her clients gain a better understanding of their behavioral and emotional patterns from their past and how they may be repeating. As a result, her clients feel empowered, set boundaries with themselves and others and are able to ask for what they want in their relationships.

Message to clients

My passion is providing relationship therapy. Gaining insight and learning how to express your needs will positively impact your overall mental health. Simply recognizing you might need help can be frightening. I understand the courage it takes to get started and I will make the process as comfortable as possible. If you or a loved one is seeking relief, call me for a consultation.


Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Alcohol use disorder & addiction - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on alcohol; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Stephanie Buttacavoli is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (60min)
  • Initial session: $300 (90min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $175 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I utilize Simple Practice and clients are able to upload their payment information through the portal.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon After 6pm
  • Tue No Availability
  • Wed No Availability
  • Thu After 5pm
  • Fri 8am-4pm
  • Sat 8am-2pm
  • Sun No Availability

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 22 years

Kaiser Permanente, Psychotherapist, 2007 - Present
University of Southern California, Adjunct Professor, 2012 - 2017
Riverside County Mental Health, Psychotherapist, 2000 - 2004

University of Southern California, Master of Social Work, 2000
Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1997


California: 22200