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Andrew is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); he completed his Professional Counselor Master’s Program at Lindenwood University in 2015. He has been practicing for 4 years and is credentialed with United Healthcare and Cigna. Andrew also offers sliding-scale fee options for those who cannot afford the full price of services and do not have medical insurance. He is at Walter’s Walk Monday through Friday with evening hours, and he teaches a Mindful Yoga class on Thursday’s at 6pm. He specializes in working with individuals diagnosed with Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD (or trauma-related disorders). With experience in working with First Responders and Veteran’s, LGBT Issues, and What am I doing with my Life?-issues.
He is trained in EMDR, CORE Communications, Mindfulness/Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Physical Practice, Philosophy and Best Practices with First Responders. Andrew approaches therapy in a down-to-earth, easy-going manner with a focus on what we need to do to reach the client’s mental health goals. The sessions are a mix between conversational and informative/educational and we will demystify the strategies used in your therapy.
If you are interested in trying therapy or yoga with Andrew, or you are an Intern looking for a supervisor, please contact him.
I received my professional counseling license in 2016 after working as an intern and PLPC under the supervision of Dr. Jean Moretto. I recently rejoined the team of providers at Walter’s Walk because it is near and dear to my heart and I share a desire to pay it forward by serving those in need. In addition to counseling, my experience includes working with adults with developmental disabilities as well as for the state of Missouri in the Departments of Mental Health and Social Services in various roles. I have also spent some time working in behavioral health serving children and young adults at non-profit organizations.
I enjoy connecting with people as I take a non-judgmental and compassionate approach to counseling. My purpose is always to uplift others, be transparent, and promote positivity. I support seeking balance in life by addressing not only mental health but also spiritual and physical. I am trained in The Core Communication Model and Youth Mental Health First Aid, and I use a trauma informed approach.
My special desire is to help promote healing in those who have suffered trauma, especially in the form of adverse childhood experiences. I counsel children and adults and I encourage family involvement to facilitate healing when appropriate. Though trauma is my niche, I have experience in counseling people from all walks of life who are struggling with things such as change, grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, self-harming behavior and addictions.
PhD, LPC, NCC
Danielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been practicing since 2012. Danielle earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University in 2019 and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in 2011.
Danielle is dedicated to helping people overcome the obstacles and issues that they face. She walks alongside clients as they travel on the path to wholeness. She believes that each person is significant and has the capacity for growth and change. Danielle uses an integrated approach to therapy in order to meet the needs of her clients. Danielle speaks to groups at churches, ministries, schools, group homes, and other community organizations. Danielle works with adolescents, adults, and families.
Adolescent and adult individual, family, and group counseling
M.Ed, LPC, LMT
Elizabeth Eades is a provisionally licensed counselor working under the supervision of Dr. Jean Moretto, Ph.D., LPC. (License # 002544). Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Currently, she has completed her Master's in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Since 2013, Elizabeth has been an active student member of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). From a client-centered perspective, Elizabeth strives to establish a safe and trusting interpersonal atmosphere for clients to explore their strengths and challenges, and realize their personal goals.
In addition to counseling, Elizabeth's professional interests include mind-body health and wellness techniques and modalities. As a licensed massage therapist and member of the Association for Massage and Bodywork Professionals (AMBP) since 1990, Elizabeth has seen first-hand the power of combining evidenced-based psychotherapy with somatic modalities including Deep-Tissue Swedish massage, Touch for Health Kinesiology, and Meridian Massage Therapy. At Walter’s Walk, Elizabeth is available for any of these services by appointment.
Fern Ferguson Bush
Fern Y. Ferguson Bush received her MSW from Washington University School of Social Work in 1980. She received an MEd from UMSL in 2012 and is an LCSW. She has years of experience in issues of violence against women and children and providing counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. She has experience in medical social work, child welfare to include foster care, residential care and adoption. She also has extensive experience in child care management. Client populations have included children, adults, couples and male youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Fern has also provided programing for parents experiencing severe child abuse/neglect issues.
Fern is eager to work with those who are having trouble navigating through life. Ms. Ferguson Bush believes a wholistic approach to health, attending to spiritual, emotional, social, physical and mental health needs is the best way to ensure a productive and satisfying life. She believes that we need to attend to our mental health just as we do our physical health. If we have a persistent headache, we need to find out the origin, similarly if we experience persistent anxiety, we need to find out the cause.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you to achieve your goals.
PhD, LPC, NCC
Jean earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and Doctorate in Counseling Education at Saint Louis University. Jean founded Walter’s Walk in 2010 and currently serves as Executive Director.
Jean has served as a Licensed Professional counselor since 1998, volunteering time with Almost Home Shelter, Catholic Family Services, and in private practice. Jean has certifications in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Couple and Individual Communication through Interpersonal Communication Programs, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Jean is an EMDRIA and EMDR HAP Consultant.
Jean provides supervision for licensure applicants with the State of Missouri’s Board of Professional Registration for Licensed Professional Counselors. She provides supervision for students in their Master’s Degree program for counseling from various universities. She also provides consultation for EMDR trained clinicians.
She is a member of numerous national and local organizations including: National Board for Certified Counselors, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association, American Counseling Association (at national, state and local levels), Fellow with American Psychotherapy Association, Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit National Honor Society, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and MO Crisis Intervention Team for First Responders.
Jean eagerly walks alongside clients, helping them navigate through life stressors using EMDR therapy and a variety of other therapeutic modalities. Jean believes accessing one’s inner strengths and teaching how to incorporate these strengths into daily life will allow for personal growth to occur.
Adult individual, couple, and group sessions are available.
MA, LPC, NCC
Jermaine Watson Sr, NCC, MA, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor specialized in providing therapeutic services to adolescent and adult individuals. Jermaine utilizes a cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and choice based approach in counseling. Jermaine is also trained in EMDR which is a trauma based approach. Jermaine has earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Lindenwood University.
Jermaine has a background in assisting youth and adults with career counseling as well as emotional regulation. He believes in a collaborative approach to counseling. In short, the therapist and client are a team while pursuing a path to wellness. His motto is "Together we can reshape your thinking and begin the healing process."
Jermaine operates under the business name As a Ray of Hope, LLC. This was inspired by his grandmother Aserray who has always found a way to bring light and happiness into the lives of others.
Juli earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1991 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Juli works with clients to transform obstacles into opportunities for growth. She believes that we can all learn to access our own inner wisdom in order to live a life filled with peace, purpose and happiness. Juli tailors her therapy to address the unique needs of each client in an accepting and non-judgmental way. She helps to inspire and empower clients to cultivate the tools that will allow them to achieve their goals and overcome challenges regardless of life circumstances.
Juli works with adult individuals and couples.
MA, LPC, RPT
I am certified in K-12 School Counseling. Trained in: Trauma Recovery using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Communication Skills, Play Therapy, Mandated Reporting, Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Abuse, Anti-Bullying, and Mindfulness. I am Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified. I facilitate individual sessions, groups, and family counseling for all ages.
I learn and grow from the diverse experiences of others. I seek common ground and focus on shared similarities. My greatest personal success was spending a week on a Native American Indian Reservation and contributing to the Cheyenne River Youth Project. Professionally, I am most proud of my many experiences in the Field of Special Education. I work with students attending, The Center for Autism Education, and they are just amazing! All of my work has been extremely rewarding, because of the amazing relationships I have been blessed to be a part of.
Kren received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She has been an LCSW for the past 20 years, and has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. She specializes in the areas of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive and panic disorder. She has also helped people with relationship issues, grief/loss, life transitions, separation, divorce, parenting and co-parenting issues, anger, chronic severe mental illness, and stress management. She also has a special interest in working with older adults and caregiver issues. Kren uses the therapeutic techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy. She believes that although life can be very challenging at times, with the right help and guidance, we can find our way back towards emotional well-being and resolve the issues that burden us. Kren is in-network with Medicare and most insurance plans.
"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?" - George Eliot
Hello! My name is Laura, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Missouri and Illinois. Thank you for taking the time to review my profile.
Sometimes we all need a little help. It's not easy to ask for help, I know. When you're ready, I'm here to help you navigate through the challenges in your life and build upon your strengths. Currently I'm providing telehealth by video or phone sessions; I am a Certified Tele-Mental Health provider (CTMH). The approach I use varies with each client and their needs, but I typically incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and solution-focused counseling in sessions. I have been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and I’m trauma informed. My approach is holistic, as I believe integrating the physical, social, spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of our lives is important to overall wellness.
I earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) at St. Louis University in 1996. I have 22 years of clinical social work experience, including school social work, intensive outpatient therapy, and private practice. I've worked with people of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the difficulties clients have brought to counseling include anxiety, depression, grief/loss, ADHD, trauma, behavior problems/parenting, domestic violence, codependency, chronic physical illness, chronic mental illness, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, anger management, stress management, and a lack of coping skills.
Walter’s Walk is special to me for many reasons. I fully support Walter’s Walk’s mission and the provision of mental health services regardless of the ability to pay. I offer a sliding fee scale and accept Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Currently I’m available evenings and weekends and I will work with you to accommodate your schedule.
Our first session will give me an opportunity to learn about you and your background, and to develop a goal(s) with you for treatment. It is my hope, working together, you will reach your goal(s) and live your best life!
"Out of your vulnerabilities will come strength." -S.F.
There are times in all of our lives when our inner resources are depleted and we are made vulnerable. The first step in overcoming adversity is finding the strength necessary to choose to ask for help. The idea that we may need therapy can be unsettling until we take a look at what it means. The term therapy is derived from the Latin therapia, which means--- curing, healing- literally to attend, do service, take care of, treatment— quite simply, to heal.
A wise friend once told me that the most important things that we need in life after air, food, water and shelter are to feel connected to others, to feel good about ourselves and to have hope for the future. In treatment we will establish a therapeutic relationship in a safe environment where you can rebuild your inner resources, where you will build and broaden the strength which is already within you. A place where we can overcome adversity, learn to increase self-esteem, improve relationships and restore hope. A place to heal.
Les is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a BA in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. He is a skillful, empathetic and compassionate therapist integrating Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Solution-Focused therapies for a wide range of disorders and substance abuse issues. He is experienced at working with adolescents and adults.
Lou graduated from Lindenwood University in 2007 with a degree in Professional Counseling. He has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families. Lou has experience with self-worth issues, social anxiety and self harm, PTSD, domestic and sexual violence, addiction and co-occurring disorders, and LGBT issues and challenges: "Much of my practice has been focused on healing from trauma, and I enjoy working with a diverse group of clients with a wide range of needs". Lou believes that we all develop thinking, feeling, and doing, behaviors that are either self-defeating or become obsolete, often times as coping strategies during extreme stress. And that a sound Therapeutic Alliance allows the client to feel the safety needed to explore options for upgraded behaviors that increase functioning and life satisfaction: "I believe that I have the ability to meet the client where they are, and based on client strengths, to begin to collaborate immediately to develop a more satisfying lifestyle".
Marie A. Dixon, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Washington University in 2003. Marie is the owner of Gaining Perspectives L.L.C. engaged in private practice providing mental health services directly to clients at Walter’s Walk. Marie holds to an eclectic approach to therapy in order to promote collaboration between therapist and client. Marie has been licensed by the state of Missouri since 2012 and has a background working in non-profit settings, hospital settings, community mental health setting as well as crisis intervention services within the social services field.
Marie is certified by the National Board for Social Workers; is trained in Behavioral Modification, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Brief Therapy (SFBT), crisis intervention techniques, client centered trauma informed care and a Sex Offender Treatment Provider (SOTP). She has experience in child welfare to include foster care, residential care and adoption. She also has experience parenting and co-parenting issues, anger management issues, relationship issues, chronic severe mental illness, and stress management.
Shala Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. Shala earned a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master of Arts in Teaching, both from Lindenwood University. Shala began working in the Behavior Health field in 2012 as an Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor. As a former educator with certification in substance use, Shala provides a unique opportunity for adolescents and young adults. Change of life transitions and Christian counseling are unique areas geared toward adults. Shala has completed training in EMDR, which is designed to treat individuals that have experienced trauma, anxiety or complex grief. Solution Focused Couples therapy is a unique approach offered to assist couples that are preparing for marriage or need to address challenges within their relationship.
Since mental health is not a one-size fits all approach and requires individualized treatment, a unique style of service is provided to meet each client’s specific needs. The goal is to facilitate each person toward reaching their wellness goals in a collaborative fashion. Let us work together on your journey to mental health and wellness to navigate through your challenges in life. Together we can reshape your thinking and begin the healing process. Discovering your strength within can help you to claim victory over your life. Join me, as we take the first steps to restore your joy.
Shala Taylor operates Purpose Driven Counseling, a private practice in north St. Louis County.
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MA, LPC, NCC
Tammy received a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling at Lindenwood University. Tammy believes in integrative and person-centered approaches to treatment. Her expertise is in helping adolescents and adults that are experiencing life-altering symptoms from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and other mental health challenges. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. She is a member of the Chi Iota Sigma Honor Society and American Counseling Association. After 21 years of serving her country in the U.S. Air Force, Tammy continued her service to hurting people and communities in prevention, education and healing. She answered the call as a therapist in 2014.
Tammy's focus is on being a catalyst for healing, while ensuring that her clients don’t walk their journeys alone. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Missouri and Illinois and believes that she’s living her purpose. She is also a National Certified Counselor and pursuing her clinical license in the state of Illinois. Tammy has ignited her passion that will assist those clients in their healing so that they not only survive, but thrive.
Tammy operates under the name, Trusting Hearts, LLC
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Terri is a licensed professional counselor and she is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. She earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University and a Master’s of Education Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Terri is committed to treating each individual with dignity and respect. She believes that every person has the potential to grow and change when given the support needed to do so. Terri utilizes a person-centered approach and tailors interventions to meet the needs of each person. Terri has experience supporting individuals facing a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, school and work stressors, disability-related concerns, grief, trauma and crisis.
Terri has extensive experience that includes working as an adoption preservation therapist, an intensive in-home therapist, a case manager for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and a special education teacher. She is a certified school counselor and special education teacher. In addition to working as an independent practitioner, Terri provides counseling services for students at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Amanda is a provisionally licensed professional counselor working under the supervision of Dr. Jean Moretto, Ph.D., LPC. Amanda currently holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lindenwood University, as well as, a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. Amanda is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Amanda is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to assist clients experiencing trauma and stress-related symptoms. She has a special interest in working with clients experiencing life transitions, anxiety, and trauma related struggles.
She looks forward to working with you as you walk through the journey of reaching your counseling goals. She believes everyone has a unique view of the world, and no two situations are the same. Amanda seeks to give the space to feel valued and heard as you share your unique story. She values an authentic non-judgmental environment where you can let all aspects of yourself be seen.
Supervised by: Jean Moretto, PhD, LPC
Andrea completed her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling May 2017 from Lindenwood University. Andrea believes that a primary means of change lies in developing a strong therapeutic and collaborative relationship. She utilizes a strengths based approach in working with clients to develop a unique fit to their personal needs and draws from several modalities including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution based work.
Andrea has worked with clients of all ages and has dealt extensively with depression, anxiety, sexual abuse and behavioral issues. When requested by the client, Andrea finds that seeking God authentically in session results in healing and can lead to life forming changes.
Andrea is a member and also on the board at Moving4ward Ministries, a 501c3 organization created to provide the community of St. Louis and St. Charles counties of Missouri, a place where adult survivors of sexual abuse ages 18 and older, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, can feel safe sharing experiences that has caused lasting effects on professional resources so healing can begin. Andrea is Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified. Andrea is also a member of the International Honor Society of Counseling Professionals, Chi Sigma Iota.
Aubrey is a counseling intern working under the direct supervision of Andrew Jovanovic. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Maryville University. She is currently studying at Lindenwood University to receive her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a student member of the American Counseling Association. She has obtained certifications in Disaster and Distress Helpline (DDH), Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
Aubrey has experience working with people in crisis, survivors of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, grief, and people dealing with suicidal ideations. She is eager and ready to work with all populations. Aubrey is diverse, compassionate, and openminded. She realizes that change can be scary, and that asking for help takes immense courage. She hopes to provide a space for clients to express past and present concerns while collaborating to identify the best coping skills and strategies to meet their individual goals. Her goal is to make her clients feel heard, validated, and accepted.
Brittney is a Counselor in Training (CIT) under the direct supervision of Carrie Gardner, MA, LPC. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Missouri-Saint Louis in May of 2014 and she received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with honors from Lindenwood University in March of 2021. She is a student member of the American Counseling Association and the Association For Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling Association.
Brittney has worked in healthcare for 10+ years. She aims to first build a strong, trusting therapeutic bond with the client by creating a caring, supportive, non-judgmental environment in hopes of assisting the client to feel confident to engage in introspection of any present or past experiences that may be interfering in the personal growth and wellbeing of the client. She believes that every client is unique and therefore aims to work with each individual to explore which treatment approach will work best for them. She wants you to feel comfortable to share whatever is bringing you in for counseling. Brittney feels that everyone needs a safe place to vent and be heard and works diligently to provide this to the client. Everyone responds to grief and stressful experiences differently and Brittney is ready to work with you to achieve better coping skills to adjust to life’s challenges.
Brittney has experience in working with bereaved individuals and their families, grief, trauma, loss, LGBTQIA+ issues, relationship issues and crisis intervention. She is also ready to assist individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar and adjustment issues related to stressful life experiences. She hopes to work with couples encountering relationship and communication struggles. Brittney is currently working through EMDR Training to better assist clients dealing with trauma and stress. Taking life one step at a time, one day at a time, together Brittney will walk alongside you on your journey to mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.
Carissa is a counseling intern under the direct supervision of Julia Dooley, MA, LPC, RPT. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and is currently studying at Lindenwood University to receive her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a student member of the American Counseling Association.
Carissa takes a thoughtful, trauma-informed approach when working with her clients. She seeks to build a positive, collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients based on her belief that each person is inherently worthy and deserving of dignity and respect. Recognizing that everyone experiences the world around them differently, she strives to provide a safe, caring, compassionate, validating, and non-judgmental counseling environment for each of her clients. Carissa tailors each therapy session to the unique needs of her client and moves at the pace that is comfortable for them.
Carissa has a special interest in working with trauma, crisis intervention, grief, and non-suicidal self-injury. She also has experience working with parents of young children with disabilities.
Dana is a PLPC working under the supervision of Julia Dooley, MA, LPC, RPT. Dana has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Lindenwood University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University. Dana is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and Alphi Chi National College Honor Society.
Dana is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to help clients process trauma, grief and phobias. She has used EMDR therapy with both children and adults. Dana has training in CORE Communications Skills for individuals and couples. She has specialized training in working with children and teens utilizing components of traditional and play therapy. Dana has a special interest in working with challenging and self harming behaviors as well as grief and trauma processing. Dana provides counseling for individuals as well as families.
Dana’s therapy focuses on providing care for the whole person. She believes that a person centered and a judgement-free approach provides the best opportunity for improvement. Each individual is unique and a custom approach to each client is crucial in finding the best therapeutic relationship.
Hannah Crossett is provisionally licensed under the supervision of Terri Austin, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Counselor Education and Supervision through Capella University. She helps women and teenage girls with anxiety, grief, school issues, and life transitions. Hannah has specialized training to support parents of children with disabilities, especially Auditory Processing Disorder, and adult children of aging parents.
Previous work has included a year-long chaplaincy internship at Friendship Village Chesterfield, a local retirement community, and various unpaid positions in organizations for people with disabilities and their families.
Hannah has received her Counseling M.A. from Covenant Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, MO, as well as an M.A. in Educational Ministries. She completed her B.A. in psychology in Union University, in Jackson, TN.
Jennifer is a provisionally licensed professional counselor working under the supervision of Lou Faggetti, MA, LPC. Jennifer currently holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University, as well as, a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Evangel University. Jennifer is an active member of the American Counseling Association.
Matthew Cauble is a Counselor In Training (CIT) supervised by Andrew Jovanovic, LPC. Matthew is a 2019 graduate of Lindenwood University’s Master In Professional Counseling program, with honors. Matthew began working in the behavioral health field in 2016 as a caseworker with a disease management team. During this time, he assisted those in the community with a physical and behavioral health concerns, helping them live better, more fulfilled lives. Matthew has experience with persons who suffer from anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and sexual offenders. He also has experience working with those in the LGBTQ community. Matthew believes that a judgment free approach allows for people to be met where there are and provides for the best possible outcomes.
MSW, MA, PLPC
I am a provisionally licensed professional counselor working under the supervision of Carrie Gardner, MA, LPC. I currently hold a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Missouri Baptist University, a MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as, a BA in Elementary Education. I have 20 years of experience working in mental health and ten years in education. In addition, I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association.
Among other things, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This allows me to work with clients experiencing trauma and stress-related symptoms. I have a special interest in working with veterans, active military, first responders and clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety, grief, and complex grief. I am a certified dementia care specialist and am interested in working with the older population as well.
I operate on the assumption that each person has the potential to live the life they desire. By establishing a confidential and trustworthy therapeutic relationship, therapy can provide a pathway out of the hurt and confusion surrounding life’s challenges and replace it with healthier ways of interacting in the world. My focus with clients is on processing past and current life events, providing tools and techniques for navigating day to day challenges, and teaching clients techniques that can be useful in maximizing their strengths. I believe that it is important for a counselor to instill in clients hope and the realization that they possess the power to change.
Tamara is a Counselor in Trainer (CIT) under the direct supervision of Julia Dooley, MA, RPT, LPC #2015035429. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Child and Family Studies, from Northwest Missouri State University, and has obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Missouri Baptist University.
Tamara currently works as a Therapeutic Foster Care Case Manager at Great Circle, working with youth in the foster care system who have experienced trauma. Tamara has 2 years of experience in working with youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has 5 years’ experience working with youth who have elevated mental health and behavioral health needs (ages 5-20). Tamara has a special interest in continuing to work with youths to young adults and incorporating play/art into sessions.
Tamara likes to take a Person-Centered approach, along with Cognitive Behavioral approach, and works collaboratively with clients to reach their counseling goals. Tamara believes that each person has the potential to be their best selves, so long as they think it, believe it, and act on it. Tamara will work with clients on taking on different perspectives and changing thought processes/patterns.
William Collins is a provisionally licensed counselor (PLPC) under the supervision of Terri Austin, LPC (License #2009023896). He has received a master of arts degree in counseling (MAC), as well as a master of arts degree in Christian Ministry (MACM). He is trained in basic Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
William’s approach seeks to treat the whole person, empowering individuals, couples, and families to accomplish their mental health goals.
Erika is a counseling intern under the direct supervision of Julia Dooley MA, LPC.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama A&M University, I am currently studying at Webster University to receive my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am a student member of the American Counseling Association. I’m dedicated to learning and growing in the mental health field. My goal to first build genuine, trusting therapeutic relationships with clients by focusing on empathy, a non-judging environment, personal growth and well-being of the client. I believe we all have unique life experiences. I want clients to feel safe and comfortable sharing and working through life’s stressors, trauma, grief, crisis, depression and anxiety. We are all unique and how we approach life’s challenges and how we cope with them. My goal is to explore what therapeutic and coping options work best for clients.
My special interest is with holistic and spiritual counseling approaches. I am interested in working with anxiety, depression, stressful life experiences, and work with youth and young adults on healthy communication and relationship building skills.
Heather is a counseling intern under the direct supervision of Julia Dooley, MA, LPC, RPT. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, majoring in both psychology and sociology and is currently studying at Webster University to receive her Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a student member of the American Counseling Association.
Heather understands how hard it can be to reach out for help, and question who to trust. She wants you to know there will be safety within your therapeutic alliance and believes there is inner strength in all of us in which hope and freedom can be found. Heather spent a week working with children in Salvador, Brazil and the experience forever changed her passion for life. She also created a theater group for children who are hospitalized as a way to inspire creativity, imagination, and create laughter. Together, she wishes to walk beside you, no matter the struggle, and plans to discover your inner strengths and goals. She believes in working within the context of your values, beliefs, and worldview with unconditional positive regard, compassion, and respect. She believes you have a voice that deserves to be heard.
Heather has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Joshua is a counseling intern with an anticipated graduation date of August 2021 with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lindenwood University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Applied Management from Hickey College in 2013. Currently working at Lindenwood University, he has always had a passion for helping people through mental health issues. Being an adoptee, Joshua has realized the importance of counseling in the black community. He has always been passionate about working with adolescents, college age students, young adults, and couples. Joshua has always felt that couples are a neglected segment of the population in the black community especially when it comes to couples on their way to marriage. As a member of the Christian faith, Joshua wants to be another resource for Christians to be able to work out their life issues through faith related solutions.
Joshua currently holds a certification Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid. Additionally, he is working toward a certification in Play Therapy.
Stephen is a counselor trainee under the supervision of Julia Dooley, MA, LPC, RPT. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Military Leadership from Missouri State University and is currently studying at Webster University while working toward his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a student member of the American Counseling Association and Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness.
Stephen has been involved in providing mental health-related care and services for the past 10 years. In his career, Stephen has worked as a victim advocate and crisis responder for those impacted by violent or sexual crime. He has experience with helping clients overcome substance use and other addictive behaviors. He is very familiar with various recovery programs and has 20+ years of personal sobriety.
Stephen has experience helping clients and their loved ones come to terms with difficult medical diagnosis. He has unique knowledge and experience in helping those impacted by HIV/AIDS disease. He is involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and enjoys working with a diverse group of clients. Additionally, Stephen is a proud veteran and enjoys working with fellow vets and first responders.
My personal philosophy toward life is each of us needs help dealing with stresses at times. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ issues, trauma, loss, or finding it tough to accept a new medical diagnosis, I am eager to help. If you are struggling with life changes related to career, divorce, death, relationships, gender and sexual identity, or other unique issues, it is my goal to listen with empathy and compassion to your individual circumstance with the ultimate hope of helping everyone find greater peace, strength, balance, and joy in life.
I use a combination of evidence-based therapeutic practices, which includes Mindfulness-based, Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Gestalt experiential technique, and other approaches based on the client’s goals for the therapeutic relationship and setting. I offer both in-person sessions and video/telehealth sessions.
Massage Therapy and Bodywork
Bill offers several modalities of Massage Therapy and bodywork. Bill has experience in Swedish Massage and Healing Touch bodywork. He also offers Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release Therapy.
His practice includes clients seeking a relaxation and/or stress relief massage, as well as, providing comfort to those who are seriously or chronically ill and to their caregivers. Clients with Alzheimer's, ALS, COPD, cancer, dementia, fibromyalgia or strokes have gotten relief from Massage Therapy.
In addition to offering massages at Walter's Walk, Bill will travel to other locations as requested.
Patti is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the National Yoga Alliance with 10 years of teaching experience. She received her 200-hour certification from Robin Buck of Jane’s House and Matthew Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala.
Her teaching is influenced by the Dynamic Yoga Method, a simple and transformative method accessible to all. Her classes include attention to linking movement with breath, and creating stable postures.
She guides and encourages each student to find his/her own unique way in yoga practice. She believes in the transformative power of yoga and enjoys sharing the gifts of practice with her students.
Patti is also a Certified Health Coach with Take Shape for Life a comprehensive approach to health and wellness.
Steve Givens is a spiritual director and a widely published writer on Christian faith and contemplative spirituality. He is also a musician, composer, singer, retreat leader, university administrator and small group facilitator. He holds a master’s degree in adult and self-directed learning from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and a graduate certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.
Diagnosed in 2007 with a rare blood disease, he underwent chemotherapy treatment for more than three years, and that experience is the subject of his book, “Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith,” released in 2010 by Twenty-Third Publications. He has developed and led retreats and days of reflection for cancer patients and their family members and caregivers.
He approaches the ministry of spiritual direction with one overarching and authentic vision — that there are always three persons present when he meets with an individual seeking direction, with God’s Holy Spirit occupying the third and unseen chair in the room. With God as the true director, Givens plays the role of a spiritual companion, helping his directees come to fuller awareness of God’s presence and movement in their lives.