“I believe individuals have within them an inner strength. My job is to nurture it and help them draw upon it to improve their quality of life.”
Kristin sees her role as both a social worker and therapist, using blended therapies when providing intervention and creating individualized treatment specific to each client’s needs. Kristin has served as a clinical social worker in psychiatric hospitals and facilitated group therapy to domestic violence perpetrators, torture survivors, and war trauma refugees. Her clinical approaches include Cognitive Processing Therapy, strength-based narrative therapy, family therapies, Gestalt therapy, trauma-focused yoga, meditation and stress-reduction techniques, and Effective Freedom Therapy.
“I believe strongly in short-term, solution-based therapy that focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful behavior patterns.”
Jeannette has a varied background in forensic processes, sexual abuse treatment for victims and offenders, and behavior management treatment. She believes strongly in short-term, solution-based therapy using cognitive behavioral methods. She has also received training in family therapy from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
“I chose this profession because I like helping people. I love learning about where they came from, where they are now and where they see themselves in the future. I feel honored when someone allows me to hear their story and to help them to a brighter future!”
Lindsay’s solution-focused approach is rooted in 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 style to the needs of the clients.
Lindsay is a graduate of both the University of Wyoming and Maryville University and has been working in the social services field for 15 years. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and holds a professional counseling license from Missouri.
Sarah has a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has experience with a range of mental health challenges for all ages. She provides Crisis Intervention to at-risk and suicidal individuals and has also worked with creating Provident’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for adolescents.
“I enjoy discovering what makes each person special and exploring what unique therapeutic approach will create the best result for them.”
Jacqueline found her calling early: she volunteered for a crisis hotline in high school and knew that a helping profession was her future. She is a graduate of both Indiana University and Villanova University with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She gained extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults for various mental health and substance abuse-related issues early in her career. At Provident, Jacqueline works with children, adolescents, and adults in the outpatient and school setting. She mainly utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but takes an eclectic approach to fit the individual needs of each client.
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. She is experienced in dealing with children who have been abused and those recovering from trauma, depression and anxiety. She 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.
“The most gratifying thing about my work is having the ability to support and empower others during some of the most challenging times in their lives, and to be able to witness the incredible growth and transformation that’s possible when clients choose to engage in therapy.”
Alex is a graduate of both Truman State University and University of Missouri- St. Louis and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. She gained extensive experience working with adolescents and adults for various mental health-related issues early in her career, particularly self-injury, depression, and anxiety.
Alex works from a strengths-based approach, as she believes that everyone has an inner strength, and that a large part of her role is to assist individuals in discovering and utilizing whatever that strength may be. She focuses on establishing rapport and strives to create a safe and open environment in which people feel comfortable to be themselves.
“I have a passion for people and their story. I believe in acceptance, warmth and empathy to help my clients achieve their personal best through therapy.”
Kathy works with clients ranging in age from 6-56 years old and personalizes the therapeutic experience for each. She has a professional background in radio/television broadcasting and travel, which helps her build rapport quickly.
Kathy has a Master’s degree in professional mental health counseling from Webster University and has been helping clients for 8 years.
“I believe in the power of positive thinking. We look at behaviors that are having an unwanted impact on the client’s life and then find the right therapeutic approach to help them make the mental, emotional, and behavioral changes they desire.”
James has over 14 years of experience 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.
“The most gratifying thing about my work with children and their families feeling confident about their ability to manage toxic stress and/or mental health symptoms independently after receiving therapy.”
LaTanya has worked for three years with students in the St. Louis public school system. She believes in the importance of these services for the individual, the family, and the community. Her work provides easy access to mental health resources to young people who may have had a difficult time otherwise obtaining them.
“My philosophy is that anyone who is motivated to change CAN change.”
Ann has 18 years of experience working with severe and persistent mental illness, adoption and foster care systems, and at-risk youth and their parents/caregivers. She has an extensive background in dealing with families and social service systems.
“Our future is determined by not what has happened to us but how we respond to it.”
Carmelita likes to tell clients that she can’t solve their problems for them, but will walk with them and help during their journey of self-discovery. She focuses her practice on ethics, trust, and creating a non-judgemental space for change. Her approach lets clients know they matter.
“My focus is helping clients feel empowered to change. We work together to find achievable ways to improve their lives, learning techniques for modifying their behaviors to get positive outcomes.”
Deborah works one-on-one in the Provident offices with clients who seek to address a wide range of personal issues. She also provides school-based counseling to students who need professional assistance addressing mental health challenges so they can improve their focus on academic studies. Finally, she works with mandated clients who require treatment for anger management or domestic violence.
“It is wonderful to watch a person go through the process of self-awareness and to witness a ‘light bulb moment’ where they see what they need to move forward. It is much more helpful when clients explore the changes THEY NEED as opposed to what others want for them. That is what has to take place for permanent change to take place in their lives.”
Michelle adapts her therapeutic services to the needs of the individual client. She has worked with families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), mandated clients referred by the criminal justice system, and is also certified as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She has experience working with older populations who have issues related to the aging process, with clients who have a history of trauma in their childhood and/or adult lives, and with many clients who have suffered with chronic mental illness.