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Our licensed counselors have decades of experience, have 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.

Time to Meet the West County Staff

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.

Nicole is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, who has a BFA/BA Psychology from Drury University and an MS in Art Therapy Counseling from Emporia State University. Through Art Therapy, Nicole uses the creative process to open the door to communication and aid in one’s healing through the therapeutic process. Art Therapy fosters the client’s personal growth and development, emotional intelligence, personal resiliency, and further develops skills and motivation toward change and overall well-being. Everyone can benefit from the creative process, no matter their skill level. Nicole believes that it’s important to create a safe space for her clients. A place where they can be themselves and feel comfortable doing so. It is important for both her clients and her to be as real as possible. Her ultimate goal is for clients to feel empowered and at ease with themselves through the therapeutic process.

Patti earned a bachelor’s in Human Services through Evangel University and a master’s in Social Work through Missouri State University. She has held various social-service positions in the community for the past nine years; four of those years as a therapist in mental-health services. Patti has experience working with at-risk and homeless youth, as well as children ages 7-18 in residential treatment. She has training in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), working specifically with children who have experienced trauma.

Sandy Freiburg MSW, LCSW earned a master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University, and she has a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has experience as a teacher, youth minister, school counselor, individual, couples and family therapist. Sandy has provided more than 25 years of service to clients from preschool age through senior-aged adults dealing with anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. Sandy is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Her clinical approach is strength-based and blends an understanding of faith with strong clinical skills.

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.

Maria Watkins, LPC (Missouri) and LCPC (Illinois), 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.

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