Giovanni De Stefano


Graduate Student Intern

Mr. De Stefano is excited to begin his counseling career with ACAPS. He was intrigued with therapy when he was in college but chose the teaching profession after graduating in 2003 from Rutgers University: The State University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. He taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Madrid, Seoul, and Shanghai from 2003 to 2015. After returning to the US, he worked for Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) as a volunteer and driver. In 2018, he was hired to develop the Community Navigator Program for WNCAP and in 2019 he became a Medical Case Manager for the organization. Working with the HIV community is the life work of Giovanni and becoming a counselor brings him closer to his therapeutic identity.

As a developing practitioner, he is interested in trauma work, neuropsychology, somatic therapy, and CBT. As a lover of poetry, he hopes to explore modalities in the Arts which speak into the depths of the individual experience and the resiliency of the human condition. He looks forward in engaging with the L, G, B, T, Q, I, A, +, Recovery, Refugee, Immigrant, Migrant, HIV and Aging, Latinx, Adoption, and the Senior community. As Emily Dickinson wrote and he believes, "We turn not older with years, but newer every day."

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