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CLINICAL THERAPISTS.

Justyna Bates, LPC, NCC
Clients served: Adults, Children, Adolescents, Couples and Families
Specializations: Marriage and Family therapy, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Anger Management, Women’s issues, Stress Management, Job related issues, Grief and Loss, Developmental Disabilities, Head Trauma, Substance Abuse, Anger management, Parent Education.

Justyna Bates is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has worked at Provident since 2000.  Although her area of specialty is Marriage and Family Counseling, she works with children, adolescents and adults experiencing multitudes of problems, ranging from depression and anxiety, to substance abuse and psychosis among many other ones.  Justyna is a strong believer in Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Justyna is located at our Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Karlon Bishop, MSW, LCSW
Clients Served: Children, Adolescents and Families
Specializations:  Play Therapy, Special Education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Family Systems, Social Skills, Autism,  Learning Disabilities, Social Skills, Anger Management, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Divorce, Self-Esteem, Parent Education, Foster care &  Adoption.  

Karlon received her MSW in 2004 from Saint Louis University, specializing in Children & Families. Karlon has worked in the child welfare system, mental health area and school settings for 15 years, serving children and families.  She has been a part time therapist with Provident since 2012.
Karlon works out of our West County Office, 12755 Olive Blvd., Suite 115, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

Kimberly Compton, MBA, MA, RASAC II, MATS
Clients Served: Adolescents and Adults
Specializations: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, ADHD, Depression

Kimberly utilizes a humanistic and integrative approach with clients, primarily relying on psycho-dynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and brief solution-focused therapy.  These types of therapies work particularly well with children and substance abuse clients.

Kimberly earned her MA and MBA at Lindenwood University.  She is located at our North County Office, 409 S. Florissant Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135.

Angela Cook, MSW, LCSW
Clients Served:
Individual, Family and Couples Therapy
Specializations: Mood Disorders, Stress Management, Adolescent Issues, Relationship Enhancement, Sexual Issues and Attention Deficit Disorder

Angela Cook has extensive experience working with children with ADD/ADHD but she also treats broader adolescent issues, both individually and in group settings.  In addition, she treats adults and the elderly, utilizing cognitive-behavioral, reality and eclectic modalities.  Angela joined Provident in 2000 and works out of our Jefferson County Office, 3675 W. Outer Road, Suite 203, Arnold, MO 63010.

Linda Diggs, MSW, LCSW
Clients Served: Adults, Adolescents, Children
Specializations: Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Disorders, Spectrum Disorder

Linda Diggs has professional experience working with special needs children and adolescents, i.e. Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, Speech and Language Disorders, Spectrum Disorder, physical disabilities, and Intellectual Disorders.  She has worked with children ranging in age from 5 to 17 and is experienced in both individual and group counseling. Linda works at our North County Office, 409 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135.

Cheri Dueker, LPC
Clients Served: Current and former Military families, Adolescents, Individuals, Couples, Families, and Adults.
Specializations:  Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Cheri is a graduate of Webster University and has extensive experience working with military personnel  and their families, disaster and crisis situations, as well as juveniles within the legal system. In addition, she has worked with many couples and individuals within the Employee Assistance (EAP) model. Her specific areas of expertise include: Military Counseling (deployment/reintegration), Family Therapy, Trauma and Disaster Mental Health. 

Cheri believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and positive reinforcement for positive change to occur in people's lives. She focuses on strength-based approaches to influence positive change. She also believes that each major life change starts with one small step. Cheri is located at our Jefferson County Office, 3675 W. Outer Road, Suite 203, Arnold, MO 63010.

John Harpole, MA, LPC, NCC
Clients Served:  Adults, adolescents, couples, families
Specializations:  Men's issues, sexuality issues, domestic violence, LGBTQ issues, depression and anger

John recently completed a two-year post-graduate psycho-dynamic psychotherapy program and worked previously in corrections and with the US military and Department of Defense.  He utilizes a Brief Solution-Focused perspective, and with the client, looks for solutions to current problem(s).  In addition, John works from a narrative therapy approach, working with clients to help them discover their own power in their stories.  John works out of our North County Office, 409 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135 and  our Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Hope Heller, LPC, NCC, BCPC
Clients Served: Adults (Forensic Population)
Specializations: Personality Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Addiction, Sex Offenses, Adult Survivors of Abuse/Trauma, Psychological Assessment, Life Skills.

Hope Heller joined Provident in October of 2014 and has experience working with: children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders; adolescents with conduct and substance abuse disorders; young adults with transitional concerns and those entering the College level of their academic careers; geriatrics dealing with losses and limitations; and adults both from the community and as a portion of the adult forensic population.

Prior to joining Provident, Hope was the Sex Offender Specialist for the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole for Southeast and Eastern Missouri. She is originally from Kansas City, Mo. and formerly worked for the  United States District Court (USDC) seeing adult forensic clients on federal supervision. A large portion of Hope’s forensic experience is related to her work in Maximum and Super Maximum Security level Penitentiaries in the state of Missouri.

Hope has experience working in penal institutions, psychiatric hospitals and the community. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree from Park University in Parkville, Mo. in 2001 and her Terminal Masters of Science degree from Avila University in 2006. Hope is a Doctoral candidate needing only her dissertation to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Hope works at our Central City Office, 2650 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo. 63103 and our Ferguson Office, 409 S. Florissant, Ferguson, Mo. 63136.

Renee Hodgins, LPC
Clients Served: Individuals, Couples, Families, Adults and Adolescents
Specializations: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Techniques

Renee Hodgins is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Techniques and other relevant therapeutic techniques.

Renee is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and brings extensive experience as an Educator, Career Counselor, International Academic Advisor, and Educational Consultant.  Her areas of expertise include: ADHD, Child Psychotherapy including Play Therapy, Depression, and Women’s Issues.

Renee is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach emphasizes supporting and providing practical feedback to clients so that they can effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach for each client. With compassion and understanding, Renee works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Renee is located at our North County Office, 409 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135.

Katie Hurley, M.Ed, LPC
Clients Served:
  Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Specializations:  Trauma, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Stress Management, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and Relationship Problems.

Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She believes therapy offers individuals and their families the opportunity to find direction and healing when faced with difficult times. She has assisted individuals and their families address core issues that are contributing to their struggles, and helped them find their voice and ability to cope in a healthy positive manner.  Katie utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and exposure therapy techniques during therapy sessions.  She works out of the Jefferson County Office, 3675 W Outer Road, Suite 203, Arnold MO 63010.

Rosemary Jackson, MSW, LCSW
Clients Served
: Individuals, adults, children, couples and families.
Specializations: Depression, anxiety, parent/child problems, grief and loss, relationship problems, self esteem issues, attention deficit disorder, anger and stress management, women’s issues, job related problems, adoption.

Rosemary Jackson is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. She works with a variety of clients - individuals, adults, families and couples. In addition she works with clients who have a history of trauma and PTSD issues. Rosemary is located at our Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

James Keeton, MA, PLCPC
Clients Served:  Children, Adolescents, Adults and Senior Citizens
Specializations:  Anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, stress management, relationship conflict, life transitions

James has over 14 years of expereince in the social service field.  It is his desire to assist individuals in discovering their strengths and utilizing these findings to improve life transitions, reduce anger and stress, and modify maladaptive behaviors.  His therapeutic goal is to assist clients in positive thinking and adjust ineffective behaviors utilizing solution-forward therapeutic techniques as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.  Ultimately, James believes each client is an individual and will adjust his approach to fit the needs of the client.  James works out of our North County Office, 409 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135.

Margaret (Shelley) Kues, LPC, RPT-S
Clients Served:  Children, Adolescents, Adults
Specializations:
ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Challenges, Learning Disabilities, Social Skills, Special Needs Trauma

Margaret utilizes a strength-based approach to improve and reinforce relationships between children and their families. For younger children, she often  incorporates play therapy in to the counseling sessions because play is a natural means for children to communicate their concerns and feelings.  Margaret's previous work experience includes: providing in-home counseling to families with children who have developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum disorders; and  private therapy with clients ranging in age from 3-70 with a variety of concerns. 

Margaret received her Master's in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  Margaret is working out of our West County Office, 12755 Olive Blvd., Suite 115, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

Nicole Lakebrink, MA, PLPC
Clients Served:  Children, Adolescents, Adults & Families
Specializations:  Adolescent issues, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Trauma and PTSD, Self Esteem, Family Conflict, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Play Therapy and Group Therapy.

Nicole is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor providing integrative psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2005 and her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling in 2010.  She works as a clinician in private practice and has specialized training in grief counseling, crisis intervention and suicide prevention.  Nicole is an active member of the American Counseling Association and is located at our West County Office, 12755 Olive Blvd, Suite 115, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

Larry Marshall Jr.  MA, LPC
Clients Served:
Adults, Adolescents, Children, Families, Couples and Groups
Specializations: Victims of Sexual Abuse, Sex Offenders, Eating Disorders, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Parent Education, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management and Couples Therapy. 

Larry Marshall is an experienced therapist who believes that psychotherapy can free individuals, couples and families from the oppression of illness and disorder.  For more than twenty-five years he has been helping people as they journey to find healing, meaning and growth in their lives.  He has assisted individuals seeking freedom from the restrictions imposed by phobias, anxiety and depression.  He also helps parents, and families dissolve power struggles and increase communication and connection.  He is located at the West County Office, 12755 Olive Blvd, Suite 115, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 and Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Peggy Maull, MSW, LCSW
Clients Served:  Children and Adults
Specializations:  Groups, Social Skills, Conflict Resolution, Assessment of Child Physical and Sexual Abuse

In April of 2015, Peggy Maull joined Provident as a school-based therapist in the North County area.  Peggy graduated from Washington University in 1996 with a Masters in Social Work.  Since then she has worked in a variety of non-profit and school settings with children, adolescents and families.   Peggy's most recent experience includes working with children and adolescents whose mothers were incarcerated by the state of Missouri, as well as psycho- educational groups in school settings that focus on conflict resolution and social skills.  Peggy is located in our North County Office at 409 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135.

Jennifer Mersinger, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Clients Served:  Adults, Adolescents
Specializations:  Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Stress Management, Grief & Loss, Substance Abuse, Self-Esteem, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  Social Skills, Coping with Trauma

Jennifer Mersinger has experience working with both adolescents and adults in the areas of addiction, grief, depression and anxiety, and personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder.  Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Social Work and minor in Psychology in 2008 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC).  She then earned her Masters of Social Work in 2009 from SIUC.

Prior to Provident, she  worked with adolescents and adults in residential and out-patient substance abuse treatment programs and as a counselor.at the Family Drug Treatment Court in Jefferson County.  Jennifer works at our Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103 and our Illinois Office, 141 Market Place, Suite 206, Fairview Heights, IL. 62208.

Nancy Mesey, MA, LPC
Clients Served:
Adolescents, Adults, Families
Specializations:
Group Therapy, Addictions, Mental Health Issues, Motivational Enhancement Therapy                                                       

Nancy Mesey was inspired to become a therapist as a result of her own positive experience receiving counseling.  She initially earned her Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology at Lindenwood University and then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, also at Lindenwood.  Nancy has extensive experience working with different populations, ranging from adolescents to adults to senior citizens.  She also has valuable experience working with varying issues such as substance abuse, mental health and gerontology.

Her previous work settings include the adolescent outpatient clinic at Christian Northeast Hospital, a residential treatment facility for adolescents and Chestnut Health Systems for mentally ill adults.  Since coming to Provident in March of 2011, Nancy has made many significant contributions.  In April of 2012, she established an ongoing self-injury support group for youth which is held at our West County Office.  She has written a number of informative blogs for our website.  And, she has provided several success stories that inspire individuals to seek help and realize the potential benefit of therapy.

Nancy’s primary tactics when working with a client include:  establishing a relationship based on respect and mutual trust; building a rapport; and creating treatment plans with specific action items.  Nancy believes that clients often have the answers to their problems but may need to learn the skills to “listen to their inner voices.”  Once this insight is gained, they’re able to move forward toward positive change.  Nancy works at our West County Office, 12755 Olive Blvd, Suite 115, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

Kathy Ronek MA., PLPC
Clients Served:  Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Specializations:  Women’s issues, Athletic Performance Anxiety Issues, Overcoming Depression

Kathy Ronek joined Provident in January 2013 as a PRN Clinical Therapist.  She has a Bachelor of General Studies from Southeast Missouri State University and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University.  In addition to working toward full state licensure in professional counseling, she is a certified school counselor for grades K-12.  
Kathy’s experience in the field includes working with children, adolescents, and their families within the foster care system as well as in elementary and high schools.  She also currently works with adolescents and adults within a private practice setting while completing a post-graduate training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as through an area hospital.  Her clients or students have dealt with problems involving substance abuse, financial instability and unstable households, boundary issues, disabilities, parenting concerns, health and adjustment problems due to aging and/or life transitions, elevated anxiety issues/athletic performance anxiety problems, depression, bipolar disorder, stress and/or anger management, relationship concerns, divorce adjustment or separation of loved ones, grief/loss, work related problems and educational concerns, women’s issues, and self-esteem deficits.   Kathy’s therapeutic priorities include assisting clients with the ability to gain independence and manage the stress in their lives as well as to improve their overall mental health.  Kathy works at our Wildwood Office,  2634 Highway 109, Wildwood, MO 63040.

Margaret Schicker, LCSW
Clients Served:
Adults, Couples and Groups
Specializations: Groups, Sex Offenders, Victims of Sexual Abuse

Margaret Schicker, LCSW, has been with Provident since 2002.  She holds a license in Missouri and Illinois.  She works with a variety of adult clients with mental health disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to victim issues or couples counseling.  She also works with mandated clients requiring sex offender, addictions or domestic violence treatment.  She is a member of ATSA and MoATSA, drawing upon the research for providing best practices for sex offender treatment and oversees the groups’ programs for Provident. Margaret works at our Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Angie Sellenriek, MA, LCSW
Clients Served: Children and Adults
Specializations: Dual Diagnosis, Survivors of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Reactive Attachment Disorder

Angie has worked in the social services field for 25+ years.  She believes in finding the right therapy  for each individual client and is adept in a number of different therapeutic modalities so that she can be flexible in her approach. Her priority is to empower the client so that he/she is able to assume the ultimate responsibility for the treatment process.  Angie has experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Perception Therapy and Play and Art Therapy.  Angie is located at our Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103..

Maria M. Watkins, ATR-BC, LPC (Missouri), LCPC (Illinois)
Clients Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Individual, Couples and Families
Specializations: Art therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Psychotherapeutic Approach, Grief Counseling, Anger Management and Social Skills 

Maria has been a therapist with Provident since May of 2000.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Illinois and a board-certified Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association and the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

In addition to the specializations listed above, she is also experienced in dealing with children who have been abused and those recovering from trauma, depression and anxiety.  She also provides support to parents whose children have ADHD and other emotional/behavioral disorders.  Her work experience is broad, ranging from schools and community health clinics to in-patient and outpatient therapy agencies.  Maria works primarily out of the Jefferson County Office, 3675 W. Outer Road, Suite 203, Arnold, MO 63010.

Jessica Williams, MA, PLPC
Clients Served:
Adults, Adolescents and Children
Specializations: Family issues, Parenting and Blended Families, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Relationship Issues, Anxieties, Phobias, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Bereavement, Depression, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Stress, Coping with Life Transitions, and Support for Caregivers

Jessica practices therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  She has a passion for helping others, whatever their challenges may be, from coping strategies to goal-setting, organization, relationship issues, family issues, divorce, and parenting, to name a few.  She has extensive experience working with children and adults who are in conflict or crisis. She mediates with couples, siblings, and parents to find alternative solutions to problems and has also worked with the elderly in various settings.  Jessica’s therapeutic modalities are based on what style best fits each individual client.  Furthermore, she strives to be empathetic with each client, and assesses their situation with an active listening, non-judgmental ear.  Jessica works out of the Jefferson County Office at 3675 West Outer Rd. Suite 203 Arnold, MO 63010.


CASE MANAGEMENT

Mitchell Ure, MSW
Clients Served:
Adults, Adolescents, Children
Specialization:
Clinical Case Management

Mitchell has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Religion and a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. He works at the Jefferson County Office: 3675 W. Outer Rd., Ste. 203, Arnold, MO 63010.

 

 

 


 



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