"Dr. Steve provides a wonderful balance of support, compassion, honesty, and encouragement." - Mary F. Rizzo

Mary F. Rizzo

The EPPP was quite a journey for me, with two failed attempts within 2 years. I received scores in the high 400s both times. I have never "failed" at anything before. I felt doubt, dread, and fear. Once I became connected with Dr. Steve, so much changed. I felt heard and understood. He was able to kick things into gear for me in a realistic and achievable way. Our tutoring sessions helped me understand the material in a completely new way due to him making it come to life and making it personal to me. Dr. Steve provides a wonderful balance of support, compassion, honesty, and encouragement. I can genuinely say without him being part of my EPPP journey, I am not sure I would have passed as soon as I did! - Mary F. Rizzo

"If you apply what he teaches and follow his plan, you’ll be in good shape to pass." - Morgan Hadden

Morgan Hadden

I was expecting Dr. Steve to be some monotone, bore you to death kind of guy. But, I had already failed the EPPP twice and I was willing to endure pretty much anything to pass the third time. Thankfully, I was wrong about Dr. Steve. He is engaging and brought the material to life (which was critical because I have ADHD). Dr. Steve teaches the exam and gives realistic guidance. Many of the topics he taught in group were on the exam, especially memory. If you apply what he teaches and follow his plan, you’ll be in good shape to pass. Thank you Dr. Steve for helping me overcome what felt impossible! - Morgan Hadden

"Dr. Steve will help affirm what you know, identify areas to focus on, and most importantly, help you truly master the necessary material in order the pass the test." - Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly

Dr. Steve came highly recommended to me by a friend who had recently passed the EPPP with his help. I was preparing to take the EPPP for the first time, having graduated 4 years ago, which was somewhat of a strange position to be in. I was studying on my own and felt a bit lost because I had no one to compare notes with about studying or progress, so meeting with a tutor sounded like a good place place to start.

Dr. Steve is a wealth of knowledge who clearly knows the EPPP inside out. Because of his own personal experience of the test, Dr. Steve understands the needs of the entire spectrum of test takers- whether you are taking it for the 1st time or the 10th. I always left tutoring sessions with not only a more thorough, internalizing understanding of the material but also a better sense of where I was in my studying and where to focus my next studying session.

I would highly recommend Dr. Steve to anyone preparing to take the EPPP. Dr. Steve will help affirm what you know, identify areas to focus on, and most importantly, help you truly master the necessary material in order the pass the test. - Bridget Kelly

"He also has creative ways to help you remember and connect related areas. It was all so helpful." - Norine Campbell

Norine Campbell

I highly recommend Dr. Steve to help you get on track with how you study the material. I started this process thinking I could just study, pass and move on. I failed the exam several times! I realize that for all of those attempts, I did not know the material well. My anxiety was rooted in that fact! Dr. Steve is brutally honest in a kind way. He makes it clear that you have to figure out what changes you need to make to be able to focus, learn and actually know the material. He also has creative ways to help you remember and connect related areas. It was all so helpful!! - Norine Campbell

"I definitely could not have passed on my first try of the EPPP without Steve. If you want to feel more confident when taking the EPPP, Steve is your guy!" - Diane Lameira

Diane Lameira

It was an absolute pleasure working with Steve during my EPPP preparation, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is struggling with studying for this test. He helped bring the material to life and made EPPP studying incredibly enjoyable with his real-life examples and stories. He helps you personally connect with the material which is typically lacking with test prep programs. It's been several months since I passed the EPPP, and I still remember the helpful examples and mnemonics he provided. I also appreciated his direct approach in tutoring. He is honest with you about how he thinks you're doing, and when he thinks you would be ready to take the test. This is extremely invaluable for setting realistic goals in your preparation. I definitely could not have passed on my first try of the EPPP without Steve. If you want to feel more confident when taking the EPPP, Steve is your guy! You will not find someone who is as dedicated as him to helping you pass! - Diane Lameira

"He is realistic, he is talented, intelligent, and truly an amazing educator/teacher/coach/mentor." - Helena Flores

Dr. Helena Flores

Dr. Steve truly was a HUGE proponent in helping me to pass the EPPP.
He makes the material come to life in a way that I never was able to understand it, and honestly, made it enjoyable. Dr. Steve also will be real with you - and let you know when you need to step it up and study harder or in a different way. He is realistic, he is talented, intelligent, and truly an amazing educator/teacher/coach/mentor. Truly, look no further, he is the real deal. Thank you, Dr. Steve! - Dr. Helena Flores

"After much commitment and planning, I began taking group and individual sessions. I can honestly say that he made the material come to life, and he showed me how to learn concepts by sparking creativity in the process." - Stephanie M. Vega-Molina

Stephanie M. Vega-Molina, PhD

"I had attempted and failed the EPPP 3 times before I met Dr. Steve. At the time, I had every requirement met to get licensed, except for passing this test. In the midst of these 3 tries I had finished postdoc and was moving states, as well as starting a new job, while studying. I must also add the fact that Spanish is my first language and there were so many new words that seemed foreign to me. I was stressed. Testing did not stress me in the past as much as this test did. After my third attempt, I knew I needed a different strategy. While researching online, I came across Dr. Steve’s page. After much commitment and planning, I began taking group and individual sessions. I can honestly say that he made the material come to life, and he showed me how to learn concepts by sparking creativity in the process. We also planned adequately how to fit studying efficiently into my schedule. Dr. Steve changed the way I approached the test, helped me build content knowledge and motivated me, which ultimately, raised my self-confidence that at some point was wavering. I finally passed on my fourth try! I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Steve, AKA Coach :D Do not doubt that Dr. Steve will push you to the next level to not only pass, but keep you balanced in the process". - Stephanie M. Vega-Molina, PhD

"Dr. Steve was there being encouraging and pushing me along and I truly don’t think I could have done it without him. " - SZ

SZ

Dr. Steve is unlike any other tutor any of us will ever come across. He teaches you what you need to know, he cares and he is also tough. He brings the study material to life through stories and takes what is at times otherwise boring and makes it relevant and interesting so that you can integrate it into your knowledge base. I wanted to give up at times, I was stressed and felt deflated many weeks. But Dr. Steve was there being encouraging and pushing me along and I truly don’t think I could have done it without him. I am forever grateful! - SZ

"Dr. Steve changed my life and helped me pass this exam." - Dr. Melissa Bergquist

Dr. Melissa Bergquist

My journey to passing the EPPP was one I never would have imagined. Looking at my academic background, I can truthfully say I have never struggled passing a test or achieving grades that I was proud of. My outlook towards this exam was "I'll buy a study package, buckle down and learn it, and pass". I studied extensively with AATBS and PrepJet materials for 4-5 months before my first attempt at the EPPP in July 2021. I missed it by 20 points and was devastated. I assumed that I only needed a few more points, so I signed up again and in August 2021, I failed the exam for a second time. I didn't understand how I could study for so long, feel I understood the material, and still fail!

Driving back from my second failed attempt, my mom found Dr. Steve online. I felt I had nothing to lose, so we reached out to him and began my real journey to the EPPP. I knew the content, but was completely unable to apply it in a way that would allow me to pass the exam. After working with Dr. Steve for 9 months, I took the exam and passed. Dr. Steve was able to figure it out where my thinking was going wrong, and how to change my method. I hated studying for this exam (again), but Dr. Steve provided reassurance and hope along the way. He improved my knowledge in ways that by the end, I actually had a deep understanding of the material and could apply it, no matter how the question was asked. Dr. Steve is honest and transparent. If you don't know the material, he will tell you. If you are experiencing anxiety that impacts your ability to retain the information, he will call it out and work with you. The EPPP feels like an impossible test for anyone to pass, and for myself, without Dr. Steve, I would have been someone who would have taken it an absurd amount of times before giving up. Dr. Steve changed my life and helped me pass this exam. The number of students he has helped pass speak for themselves, but I can say that his knowledge, expertise and personality are unparalleled. Thank you, Dr. Steve!!

"He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun!" - Amanda G.

Amanda G.

After failing the EPPP three times, I knew I needed to change my study approach. I had already thrown so much money down the drain with well-known test prep companies who got me to believe content didn’t matter…but I didn’t see how that could be true. I was doing what they suggested and taking practice exam after practice exam. My scores were going up, but that was all practice effect. I was angry, exhausted and defeated, until I found Dr. Steve. I did some google searching to see if there was a such thing as a EPPP tutor. When I reviewed Dr. Steve’s website, I really felt comfort in knowing he was not only a psychologist, but had lived through the very same challenges I was having. These test prep companies can’t offer that. After my consult, I knew Dr. Steve was going to help me finally pass this test. He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun! He tells it like it is, so don’t expect smoke and mirrors. Dr. Steve will tell you what you know, what you need to know, and above all else, his approach is customized. He takes time to get to know his clients and helped me tremendously with addressing the underlying anxiety and self-doubt that was holding me back. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I am literally walking on sunshine after passing, and you WILL do the same with the help of Dr. Steve. - Amanda G.

"He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun!" - Amanda G

Amanda G.

After failing the EPPP three times, I knew I needed to change my study approach. I had already thrown so much money down the drain with well-known test prep companies who got me to believe content didn’t matter…but I didn’t see how that could be true. I was doing what they suggested and taking practice exam after practice exam. My scores were going up, but that was all practice effect. I was angry, exhausted and defeated, until I found Dr. Steve. I did some google searching to see if there was a such thing as a EPPP tutor. When I reviewed Dr. Steve’s website, I really felt comfort in knowing he was not only a psychologist, but had lived through the very same challenges I was having. These test prep companies can’t offer that. After my consult, I knew Dr. Steve was going to help me finally pass this test. He teaches content in a way that is relatable and (dare I say) fun! He tells it like it is, so don’t expect smoke and mirrors. Dr. Steve will tell you what you know, what you need to know, and above all else, his approach is customized. He takes time to get to know his clients and helped me tremendously with addressing the underlying anxiety and self-doubt that was holding me back. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I am literally walking on sunshine after passing, and you WILL do the same with the help of Dr. Steve. - Amanda G.

"Hiring Dr. Stephen Haran was the best financial and professional decision I have ever made." - Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D.

Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D.

My name is Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D. I am a native Spanish-speaker, bilingual and former International Student from Maracaibo, Venezuela. After meeting all the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in Florida, I started preparing for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) in January 2020 while working full-time at a community mental health center. I felt overwhelmed, tired and completely lost in the amount of information I needed to memorize. At first, my studying methods were similar to how I have studied since undergrad: by reading the information, writing and re-writing notes multiple times. This method became old and boring quickly as I was not advancing through the test domains at the pace I desired, and my practice tests scores indicated that I had a long way to go. In March 2020, the outbreak of COVID-19 caused my agency to fully transition to Telehealth services. The lines between work and home were blurred, and my motivation to study was gone.

I found out about Dr. Stephen Haran through an EPPP Facebook Group. A member posted a comment briefly describing their experience with Dr. Haran, as well as the tutoring services he offered. My first experience with Dr. Haran was at a group tutoring session, which he led with enthusiasm and energy. Throughout his weekly group tutoring sessions Dr. Haran was didactic, and efficient at delivering a substantial amount of information in an hour. Including his groups tutoring sessions in my preparation for the EPPP was an invaluable addition to my studies and allowed me to profoundly understand the material.

For individual tutoring, Dr. Haran began with a thorough assessment of my personal and academic history, as well as psychosocial factors and motivators to sit for the EPPP. This assessment allowed him to adopt a fully individualized approach, tailoring to my needs as a bilingual candidate. Dr. Haran was aware that it was my first attempt at sitting for the EPPP, as such he encouraged me to continue with any studying or memory strategies that had worked for me in the past, while fostering new learning skills in me. For instance, Dr. Haran stressed the importance of semantic encoding and making the information meaningful as a core memory strategy that I will continue to utilize beyond the EPPP in my professional and personal life. From the get-go, Dr. Haran cultivated an “I will pass” mentality in me. At the face of self-doubt, he taught me to believe in myself and be confident. I took this mentality to the EPPP and it drove me to succeed! Hiring Dr. Stephen Haran was the best financial and professional decision I have ever made. - Mariángela Nava Urdaneta, Psy.D.