Dr. Stephanie Weiland Knarr is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist working in private practice in Howard County, Maryland. She is originally from rural Nebraska and received her undergraduate psychology degree from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Weiland Knarr went on to receive her M.S. degree from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Ph.D. from St Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

(Photo Courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Weiland Knarr)

(Photo Courtesy of Dr. Stephanie Weiland Knarr)

Dr. Weiland Knarr has an extensive resume including graduate internships working with at risk youth and women in crisis. She has been an adjunct professor at both St Mary’s University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Her website is Dr. Stephanie’s Relationship Repair Shop which details more of her many accomplishments along with the concept, which she copyrighted, of the ‘customer service counter’ for relationships.

What inspired you to enter family and marriage therapy and to start your own practice?

“I wanted to have an impact helping people improve their marriage and family life. I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur.  As a leader in my enterprise, I want people to see how important it is to have a ‘customer service counter’ for their personal relationships.”

How does your educational background relate to your current role?  

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“I am a marriage and family therapist in private practice, so I use my education and degree every day!”

How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?  

“Having a great education in marriage and family therapy has been an incredible asset in helping me further my career as a therapist. I have also furthered my career by becoming a public speaker and by writing a book with my husband.  As a relationship expert, people are interested to learn about how to improve the success of their personal romantic relationships.”

What is some advice you can offer others looking to go into your specialty field of therapy?

“Being in this field requires a lot of emotional energy and insight, but being a marriage and family therapist is very rewarding.”

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Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years. Her current interests, in which she has several certifications, are metaphysics and the healing arts. She has written for Examiner.com since 2009 and also writes for Om Times.