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Our South County office is conveniently located in Crestwood, MO. We have been honored to help thousands of children and adults who live in the surrounding community and schools. But it goes beyond that. Our licensed counselors have decades of experience, earned Nationally Accredited Certification in substance abuse, behavior therapy, and employee assistance, and they understand their clients’ journeys, treating each person individually, according to their needs and diagnoses. Most importantly, our clinicians treat every client with compassion and dignity.

Meet the South County Therapists

Saundra earned her master’s in Social Work, with a concentration in family and children, from Saint Louis University. In addition to her administrative and supervisory responsibilities, Saundra provides community and school-based presentations on a variety of topics, but particularly related to trauma. She provides therapy to children and their families on a limited basis in the areas of trauma, grief, child abuse, and school-based problems. Her additional training and certifications are in the areas of grief/loss, trauma-focused therapy, crisis intervention, and clinical supervision.

Stephan Baker, Ed.D., M.Ed., PLPC earned a master’s from Missouri Baptist University in Counseling and a doctorate in Healthcare from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE. Dr. Baker has a vast amount of military experience and was trained at Jefferson Barracks working with combat veterans. Dr. Baker’s primary interest is providing therapy to children and adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and anger-management issues, with an emphasis in suicide prevention. He has extensive training in intervention with suicidal clients of all ages. Dr. Baker’s therapeutic approach is to educate clients during the therapeutic process, giving them the tools to cope after therapy is complete. His therapeutic specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Megan Barron, MA, ATR, LPC earned her master’s in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She works primarily as a school-based art therapist, as well as a clinician in Saint Louis Counseling’s South office. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and crisis management. Megan has worked in residential, medical, school, foster care, community and crisis outreach settings and has completed Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training. Megan is a member and has served on the board of the Missouri Art Therapy Association (MATA), the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and has been an adjunct teacher at Webster University. Megan is also a bilingual, Spanish-speaking therapist.

Angela Casimere earned her master’s in Counseling, from Lindenwood Universityi. She has more than 20 years of experience working in counseling and social service. Her emphasis focuses on issues related to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, family problems such as divorce and parenting, employment-related issues. Angela also places an emphasis on social concerns and has specialized training and experience working with individuals of all social economic backgrounds. She is certified in Rehabilitation Management, along with Behavior Modification.

Samantha is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and went on to earn her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Samantha is a full-time clinical therapist providing therapy to all ages at the South County office. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including residential, college campus counseling center, in-home/community, school-based, and in juvenile detention. Samantha is trained to provide individual, couple/marital, family, and group therapy. She is specialized to consider how relationships and relational challenges can impact overall well-being, as well as how one’s well-being, in turn, can impact relationships with both the self and others. Samantha’s additional areas of experience include anxiety, depression, trauma and attachment, self-esteem, behavior concerns, adjustment disorders/life changes, grief, and anger management. Samantha is committed to creating positive therapeutic relationships. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering her clients to be confident and capable participants in treatment and in life.

David earned both his bachelor’s in Psychology and his master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has held various clinical positions in the mental-health field during the past 17 years, including working with at-risk youth, adults with severe mental illnesses, and victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. He has worked in both public agencies and in private-practice settings. David has been serving clients at Saint Louis Counseling, providing psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, couples, and families. His areas of specialty include depression and anxiety, marital/parental relationship issues, and stress management.

Mary Anne earned her bachelor’s from Maryville University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She earned her master’s in Social Work with a concentration in health and mental health and with a specialization in family therapy from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work. In addition, she provides therapy primarily to adults, couples, and families dealing with a broad range of issues, including mood disorders, codependency, relationship issues, divorce, illness, and unemployment-related issues. The focus of Mary Anne’s continuing education is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her additional training includes clinical supervision and mediation of business, family, and divorce issues.

Bill earned his master’s in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. Prior to joining Saint Louis Counseling, he worked for four years providing individual and group therapy at a community mental-health agency. His primary interest is providing therapy to adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress, as well as those who have anger management, bereavement, or relationship issues. Bill is a National Certified Counselor and also is certified in clinical hypnotherapy.

Chelsea earned her master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Her primary emphasis is on issues related to children and adolescents, including emotional and behavioral concerns, as well as family and parenting. Chelsea has specialized training in Parenting the Love and Logic Way curriculum, as well as TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

Judy Niehaus, MSW, LCSW earned a master’s in Social Work with a specialization in family therapy from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Judy has over 30 years of experience working with children and families in medical settings, schools and office-based practices. Her primary interests are children and families dealing with special-education issues, autism spectrum disorders, attachment-related trauma, and ADHD. Judy is trained in Parenting the Love and Logic Way, as well as Beyond Consequences, has supervised master’s-level students, and run support groups for NAMI. Connecting families to resources is a passion of hers.

Rachel Sanderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. She received her master’s of Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She works with individuals, couples, and families and has experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress, perfectionism, eating disorders, life changes and adjustments, grief, relationship difficulties, trauma, and teen issues. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in residential, partial-day treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, self-compassion tools, art therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and other modalities based upon a client’s needs. Rachel enjoys helping clients meet their goals and find a greater sense of well-being in their lives.

Lesa earned both bachelor’s in Social Work and in Child and Family Development from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her master’s in Social Work, with a specialization in family therapy from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She provides counseling for adults, couples, and children with a wide range of issues, including mood disorders and codependency, as well as behavior, relationship, and divorce issues. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to work with traumatized children. She also is a Parenting the Love & Logic Way instructor. In addition, she has received Level I training in the Gottman Method of couples counseling. As a counselor in our School Partnership Program, Lesa provides therapy for children as well as parenting education and support in Catholic grade schools. The focus of her continuing education is TF-CBT.

Myra earned her bachelor’s in Family Life Education with a specialization in program design and implementation from Spring Arbor College in Spring Arbor, MI. She earned her master’s in Social Work with a concentration in mental health and a specialization in family therapy from Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She has developed and implemented a variety of in-service and community presentations over the years. Myra has experience working with groups of men and women who have been incarcerated, and she has taught classes in anger management, victim empathy, and relapse prevention. She has worked with groups using art materials to help individuals identify and express their thoughts and feelings. Prior to earning her bachelor’s, Myra served as a licensed practical nurse for many years, working in the areas of women’s health, hospice, and the training of medical assistants. She now serves as a therapist for individuals, couples, older adults, families, and children coping with varying degrees of mental health and relationship issues, as well as grief therapy. Her primary focus of therapeutic work with clients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Maria Watkins, LPC (Missouri) and ATR (Registered Art Therapist) received her bachelor’s in arts from Creighton University with an emphasis in psychology and supports in art, philosophy and sociology. Her two master’s degrees (Art Therapy and Clinical Psychology) are from Emporia State University. She has been serving adults, adolescents, children, couples and families for 26 years in different capacities and settings (schools, community health clinic, and in both inpatient and outpatient settings). Through a blend of creative expression and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including trauma focus and dialectical behavioral skills, Maria provides tools that will allow clients of all ages to find a voice for their personal growth and development. Some areas in which Maria has much experience are ADHD, children in trauma, anxiety, depression, children in the middle of divorce. Her additional areas of experience include understanding how to have a healthy relationship with Borderline Personality Disorder, grief work and couples. Recently, since the Coronavirus pandemic, she has received training in Telehealth and is interested in continuing this as a modality to reach those clients who are difficult to reach. She is interested in supporting clients to become the best version of themselves in a multi-faceted way (emotionally, mentally, physically, socially and spiritually).

Carolyn earned a bachelor’s in Child Development from Tufts University. In 1978, she earned her master’s in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston. Over the past 30 years, Carolyn has provided assessment and psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings: in-patient hospitals, agencies, private practice, and has collaborated with numerous Employee Assistance Programs. Carolyn has helped clients cope with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, marital/family discord, co-dependency, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as providing support for parents of children with special needs. Her continuing education has focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mood Disorders and Marital Therapy. She has received advanced training in Couple Therapy from The Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts.

 

Saint Louis Counseling South County Office

9200 Watson Road, G-101 | St. Louis, MO 63126
P: 314-544-3800
F: 314.843.0552

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