LPC Associate, LCDC
Supervised by Ly Tran, D.Min, LPC-S
Get to know Stephen
Born and raised in Louisiana, Stephen Kleine moved to Texas after serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Once in Texas, Stephen took notice of his own coping strategies and began a rewarding journey towards freedom from addiction. Today, he has a strong desire to help those who may feel that they are struggling and unaware of what may be driving their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Stephen values aiding clients in the development of their sense of self-worth in a therapeutic space where they can truly feel safe enough to be curious about themselves in a compassionate and non-judgmental way. Stephen believes that there is hope, that every person has the capacity to heal, and that authenticity in life is something worth fighting for.
Guiding People in Life
Stephen sees his clients as people who are responding to life the best that they know how, even when these responses can be problematic for them. Stephen empowers his clients to gain insight and appreciate the life they live, especially when hope does not seem to be in sight. He cares deeply that clients feel comfortable while in therapy, especially if this is their first time and likes to collaborate with his clients where each person is regarded with dignity.
Stephen’s devotion for helping people started when he began leading a confidential small group focused on life-controlling issues at his local church. Soon thereafter, he wanted to know more about how best to help people, so he pursued his Bachelor of Science in Religion and Christian Counseling from Liberty University, followed by a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University.
In addition to Stephen’s dual licensure, he is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional II.
Some of the different treatment modalities he uses are trauma-informed and stem from a psychodynamic approach, and include: attachment theory, neuroaffective relational model (NARM), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), internal family systems therapy (IFS), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some of his areas of clinical interest include: men’s issues, complex trauma, couples, Christian spirituality, career, shame, anxiety, depression, addiction, and others.
Stephen loves his family and is married to a super-terrific wife, has three wonderful children and a dog named Bear. He has been accused of being a coffee snob and loves making pour-overs from a good single-origin coffee... oh, and tinkering on his son’s dirt bike, reading to his children, and running.