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Stephanie Kleindorfer

I'm delighted to work with students and expats from many countries and cultures. While I speak reasonable French, I only practice in English.

On this page you will find information about my credentials, experience, and expertise in conducting psychotherapy.

You can also find useful information about my office and how to contact me with questions and to set up an appointment.

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Here you'll find more information about my qualifications and credentials, background, interests, and more:



I'm a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from the United States (Pennsylvania License # PS015252) as well as a French Registered Psychologue (ADELI# 75.93.1443.8).

Doctorate Degree

My doctorate degree, the Doctor of Psychology or Psy.D. degree, was conferred on me by the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in Philadelphia.

Master's Degrees

I hold two master's degrees as well, one is a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

The other is a Master of Science (M.S.) in Social Systems Sciences from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bachelor's Degree

I also possess a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.


I am a member of several professional psychological associations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • United Kingdom Society for the Study of Dissociation
  • European Society for Trauma and Dissociation
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Association Francais pour L'Etudes de Stress et Traumatism (ALFEST)
  • Institut Francais de l'Hypnoses
  • American Anthropological Association

I have served as Director of the Center for Applied Psychology and Anthropology since I founded it in 1998. The center promotes cross-cultural studies in psychology and has active projects in France and in Turkey.

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Experience and Expertise

I have been practicing psychotherapy for 15 years, both in the United States and in France. I operate an independent private practice to serve the needs of students, expats and adult survivors of childhood trauma here in Paris.

I have expertise working with students, both because of my personal experience as a high school Rotary International exchange student to Brazil, and from my clincial work at the University of Pennsylvania Counseling Center.

I have worked in a number of clinic settings including inpatient psychiatric facilities, out patient therapeutic facilities for abused children and out patient mental health clinics. I have treated people with the full range of psychological and psychiatric problems.

I bring a number of useful tools to the psychotherapy process, including clinical hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, ego state psychology, and a range of supportive-expressive therapies.

My basic foundation is in psychodynamic psychology, which considers the therapeutic relationship to be of prime importance. I thoroughly enjoy helping people achieve their counseling and therapy goals.

Below, you can find more detailed information about my therapeutic philosophy.

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Therapeutic Philosophy

I specialize in the trauma-based model of psychotherapy for anxiety, panic, depression, self-esteem and relationship issues.

The trauma-based model assumes that most issues that cause difficulties in peoples’ lives and bring them to seek consultation and therapy stem from some traumatic event or events, either recent or in the past, including childhood and family of origin hurts.

My approach is psychodynamic, which means that the therapeutic relationship is central, and that the client actively participates in exploring his or her past in relationship to his or her current issues.

I use a ‘toolbox’ of modalities tailored to your personalities and needs. These tools include hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, ego state psychology, and a range of supportive-expressive therapies.

I also utilize many techniques of ‘positive psychology’ to enhance motivation, creativity, performance, and the exploration of ‘future selves’.

As both a cultural anthropologist and clinical psychologist, together with my personal and professional international experience, I have enjoyed working successfully with people of many nationalities and native languages.

Finally, from birth we exist in relationship with others: family, friends, co-workers, and so forth. While these relationships can help us when we are going through difficult times, the therapeutic relationship is unique in that it is focused on you, not on an equal ‘friendship’ with the therapist and not on the mutual sharing of confidences.

Because of this, in therapy, you have the opportunity to explore and make new decisions about your self.

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My Office

My office is in Paris VI, conveniently located near both the Métro Odeon (lines 4 & 10) and the RER B Luxemboug.

The address is:

8, rue de l’Odéon

75006 Paris


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