Mieke Stapelberg, “Mee-kuh”, is a master’s level student at Northwestern University and is currently working towards her qualification as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of Lapde So, LPC.
Mieke holds a BA degree in Drama from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium (AFDA) in South Africa and trained as a professional actor and voice-over artist at both The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) in New York and The British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London. After graduating, Mieke moved to South Korea where she became the head of the English department at Dongducheon Sincheon Elementary School. She taught both English and Performing Arts to students in grades one through six.
She strives to establish a sincere and dependable environment for the clients she serves by encouraging a trusting, personalized, and collaborative space. She applies a strengths-based, person-centered approach embedded in a psychodynamic framework, but also has a substantial interest in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – a form of therapy which concentrates on acceptance, emotional regulation, and strengthening skills to cope with challenging situations. She is a member of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC).
For the past three years, Mieke has practiced as a certified health and transformation coach, and together with her husband, is currently expanding their health coaching company to Singapore and Hong Kong.
Mieke lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her spouse and two kittens, Samson and Delilah. In her free time, she combines her love of mental health with that of her training as a voice-over artist. She is the creator of a guided meditation podcast, “Karma Mind”, that focuses on the healing benefits of meditation and mindfulness practice. Her fondness of meditation stems from the work of Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based offspring of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which incorporates Eastern meditative processes.
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