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Maggie Bleitner, MA, LPC

Clients Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families
Specializations: Depression, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Stress, Parenting Education, Social Skills, Anger, Trauma, Oppositional Behaviors, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness

Maggie is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University and her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Webster University.  Maggie has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy in home, community, residential, and school settings. Maggie utilizes a person-centered approach when working with clients, and utilizes play and art therapy approaches to engage clients of all ages. Maggie is located at the South County Office, 11222 Tesson Ferry Rd., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Kristin Bulin, MSW, LCSW
Clients Served:
Adults, Adolescents, Couples, Families, and Older Adults
Specializations:
Depression, anxiety, parent/child and home-school conflicts, current or past trauma issues, grief and loss, older relationship difficulties, anger and stress management, and job related problems.

As a social worker and therapist, I believe individuals have within them an inner strength. With clinical support and therapy, clients can find their strength to improve their quality of life. I believe in blended/integrative therapies when providing intervention, allowing for individualized treatment specific to each client’s needs and recovery. I have had the pleasure and experience serving as a clinical social worker in adult and children’s psychiatric hospitals; providing crisis intervention and intensive in-home therapy and case management services with families; and facilitating group therapy to domestic violence perpetrators, culturally diverse torture survivors, and war trauma refugees. 

For over 15 years, I have supervised social workers and counselors; developed and managed adult and children’s therapeutic programs; completed grants to governmental and private funders; and have led a grassroots agency as their executive director. In addition to training/supporting/supervising staff, I enjoy providing therapeutic services to adults, adolescents, and families. I plan to continue my clinical approaches in therapy that include: Cognitive Processing Therapy, strength-based narrative therapy, family therapies, Gestalt therapy, trauma-focused yoga, meditation and stress-reduction techniques, and Effective Freedom Therapy. Kristin works at our Cemtral City Office - 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

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 South County Office, 11222 Tesson Ferry Rd, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63123..

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.

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.

Lindsay Jeffries, MA, LPC, CRC
Clients Served: Children, Adolescents, Families, Adults, Individual
Specializations: Survivors of child abuse and neglect, solution-focused, CBT, trauma, family conflict, parent education

Lindsay, LPC, CRC, is a graduate of both the University of Wyoming and Maryville University and has been working in the social services field for 14 years.  She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and  holds a professional counseling license from Missouri.

Lindsay's focus is on creating a safe, open environment where clients can feel empowered to find their inner strengths.  Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of clients and adapts her therapeutic modality to the needs of the clients. Lindsay is located at the South County Office, 11222 Tesson Ferry Rd., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63123.

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, LPC
Clients Served:  Adolescents, Adults & Families
Specializations:  Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, Trauma and PTSD, Adolescent Issues, Self-Esteem, Family Conflict, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing integrative psychotherapy for 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. Nicole is an associate member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and is located at our West County Office, 12755 Olive Blvd, Suite 115, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

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.

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.

Sarah Paradise M.Ed., NCC, PLPC
Clients Served: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families, Couples, Individual
Specializations: Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Issues, Personality Disorders, Self-Injury, Grief and Loss, Survivors of Suicide, Family Dynamics, Relationship Issues, Child and Adolescent Issues, LGBT/Sexual Minority Concerns.

Sarah received her M.Ed. in counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in May 2015. While in schoo,l she treated a range of individuals from residents of a locked psychiatric floor with severe mental illness, student and community wellness, and a practicum at Provident’s Life Crisis Services. Since graduation she has been employed with Provident’s Life Crisis Services as a Crisis Intervention Specialist and Clinician. Her focus has been providing Crisis Intervention to at risk and suicidal individuals. She has also worked with creating the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for Adolescents and supported Survivors of Suicide groups.

Her main modalities are: Dialectical Behavior Theray ( DBT) ; Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT);  Motivational Interviewing; Family Systems; Marriage Counseling/Enrichment;  Solution Focused; and Play Therapy.

Sarah is working on her LPC and is now joining the Provident Counseling Team based out of the South County Office located at 11222 Tesson Ferry Rd., St. Louis 63123.

Tracey Pearson, LPC, LCPC,
Clients Served: Adult and Adolescent clients
Specializations: Substance Abuse/Addiction, Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Personality Disorders, Anger and Stress Management

Tracey has experience providing individual and group therapy within an outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment setting. Tracey provided treatment within an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility, a community behavioral health treatment facility and within a state correctional treatment center. Tracey utilizes a holistic and person centered theoretical approach to facilitate change within the individual. Tracey believes the body, mind and soul are inter-connected and need to be addressed to promote healing within the individual. Tracey is trained in Motivational Interviewing and EMDR therapy while utilizing an eclectic therapeutic approach which includes CBT and Positive Psychology techniques. Tracey also works with clients requiring sex offender and domestic violence group treatment who may be mandated to treatment by the legal system. Tracey is located at the North County Office, 409 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135 and Central City Office, 2650 Olive, St. Louis, MO 63103.

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.

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 South County Office, 11222 Tesson Ferry Rd, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63123..


 

 

 


 



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