Adoption Therapists in Missouri

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Natalie Grady
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Natalie is passionate about working with individuals and families affected by trauma, adoption , and LGBTQ+ related struggles. She works closely with the adoption constellation, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of all ages who are actively struggling with trauma reminders and responses. Natalie is compassionate, patient, and empathetic when it comes to all areas and walks of life and is here to assist you during life's transitions, changes, and challenges.
(816) 227-6503
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Kansas City, MO 64131
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Karen R Moist
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
In my practice I work with families and children who have experienced trauma and are having attachment difficulties. Many children I see have pre-verbal trauma from parental stress during pregnancy, adoption , neglect, or abuse. Some of the children I see are experiencing traumatic stress due to gender fluidity or gender dysphoria. Because trauma is the result of feeling helpless in a situation, many of the families I see have never thought of their child's behavior as a symptom of a life trauma. This shift in perspective is often the beginning of the healing process.
(314) 310-0413
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University City, MO 63130
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Meghan Roetto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DMFT, LCSW, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am passionate about walking alongside families and individuals as they work through trauma, grief and loss, family transitions, parenting struggles, and other difficulties in their lives. I have extensive training in grief and loss, family therapy, trauma, attachment, and play therapy. I have completed a National Adoption Mental Health Training. I also research the ambiguous loss theory to improve my client's lives and the field as a whole.
(417) 815-5772
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Springfield, MO 65807
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Jillian Nisely
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Have you felt guilt or shame because life was more challenging than you expected it would be post- adoption ? Have relationships been a struggle? Does someone acting "off" around you fill you with worry? Attachment issues can be a common struggle for those who have been involved in foster care/ adoption . As a fellow adoptee, I too, know the confusion, pain, and feelings a lack of identity and attachment wounds can bring to this family dynamic. Therapy can provide a neutral space to process through those emotions. You can learn skills to confidently handle what life throws at you and take time to heal through the hurt in a healthy way.
(417) 216-6303
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Springfield, MO 65809
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Dallas Gipson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
As an adopted person myself, I am passionate about working with individuals impacted by adoption and attachment issues, and I have several years of experience working with LGBTQ+ and trans folx!.
Choosing a therapist is sometimes the most overwhelming part of getting help! Relationship is very important to the process, and I am happy to schedule a free phone consultation to discuss your goals for therapy and find out if we are a good match. I believe in an individualized approach that will help you get out of therapy what YOU want to achieve.
(816) 227-6035
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Kansas City, MO 64110
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Jessica Gunkel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My family is multiracial, formed partially through adoption .
Life can be full of joy but can also be lonely and deeply painful. Your personal life may feel unbalanced or your relationships seem stuck. I think it is very courageous to seek health and healing from hurt, internal strife or relational trauma. Relationships cause tremendous pain but can also be the source of magnificent healing. Oftentimes a comfortable, inviting space where you can safely explore who you are at your core is just what you need to begin flourishing and thriving. That same space can be precisely the respite your relationships need.
(913) 318-5264
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Kansas City, MO 64114
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Frankie Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Life is full of challenging times and transitions and I understand how vital compassion and support can be when struggling through these challenges. I have spent the last few years working with foster, adopted, and troubled youth in residential treatment, rehousing programs, and case management. I am passionate about enhancing healthy coping, communication, and attachment skills while fostering a safe environment for individuals and families to process grief, trauma, loss, and day to day struggles. I work with all ages but especially love helping children and youth affected by foster care and adoption .
(417) 212-5587
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Springfield, MO 65807
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Aya B Kawasaki
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, LLM
Verified
Verified
Depression, anxiety, phobia, self injury, grief, adjustment, stress, relationship, anger, adoption , family, physical health, PTSD, bipolar.
I work with adolescents, adults, and seniors. In home, in school services are available. Clients are encouraged to have specific goals in order to have a personalized treatment plan. I also like to incorporate relaxation exercise.
(314) 932-2368
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Clayton, MO 63105
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Bobi Spilker
Counselor, MS, PLPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I have 15+ years experience empowering individuals as they overcome life changes & stressors, anxiousness, depressed mood, grief/loss, trauma, attachment issues, adoption issues, and intersectionality.
Sometimes we need someone to walk with & empower us. I will work with you to create effective improvements for the difficulties that you face. I am passionate about using a strength-based approach to create a safe space grounded in empathy, to collaborate with you to achieve your goals. Using evidenced-based practices and interventions that improve the challenges that brought you to therapy, we will work together cultivating meaningful growth and wellness.
(417) 212-5344
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Springfield, MO 65802
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Juliana Varela
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
People seek therapy for variety of reasons, ranging from difficulties with a specific life event or a general pursuit for greater purpose and connectedness. Psychotherapy offers an arena for self exploration unlike any other and can prove to be a profoundly moving experience. I work with individuals affected by trauma, difficulties in relationships, depression/post-partum depression, infertility, adoption , parenting, struggles in cultural adaptation and immigration, identity, self-esteem, sexuality, etc. Often I find that the most meaningful change comes from those who are open and willing to engage in the journey. The change you seek comes from you and will be our guiding force.
(314) 591-5187
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Saint Louis, MO 63117
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Erin Phillips
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Erin Phillips is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri who has spent 20 years working with children and families in the child welfare system. She has experience working with generational trauma and foster care and adoption issues. She also has experience working with adults and adolescents who are seeking help for depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management. Erin is alternative lifestyle and LGBTQ+ friendly.
(816) 227-6675
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Kansas City, MO 64111
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Melissa T Scolaro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, MA
Verified
Verified
Areas of special interest or experience include: anxiety, depression, gay and lesbian issues, women's issues including fertility and parenting, men's issues, veterans (trauma, PTSD), grief/loss, life transition, sexuality, attachment, adoption , marriage/couples, premarital work.
When the challenges of life and relationship present you with complex dilemmas and create painful or uncomfortable symptoms, therapy offers an opportunity for healing and long-lasting psychological change. The power of therapy is in the way it expands your choice in behaviors or ways of seeing others, yourself and your life circumstances. Through a compassionate journey of self-exploration I will help you work toward a fuller understanding of yourself which will lead to greater choice in how you live, love, work and play. It is a privilege to join you on your journey of self-discovery and healing.
(314) 828-1020
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Saint Louis, MO 63117
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Glenda Baker Whitehead
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified
Verified
My areas of specialty include adoption , anxiety, depression, trauma and grief/loss issues by utilizing therapeutic techniques that are customized for every client and circumstance.
Are you feeling stuck and don’t know what to do or where to go? Have all your old ways of coping stopped working? We all need support and guidance along our journey. Sometimes we need more than what our family and friends can provide. Everyone has the capacity to live a life full of joy, happiness and wholeness. When circumstances happen in your life that make this difficult to live, you may need some extra help. Together, you and I can find the right path to create the life you are meant to live.
(816) 209-1081
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Independence, MO 64050
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Michelle M Phillips
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have experienced the joys and pains of life including the adoption journey, addiction in a family member, or just wondering if I am doing life right.
My ideal client is one who is aware that they need to do something different but aren't quite sure what the next step is. This could be a life transition from adolescence to adulthood, or a couple who struggles with communication. It could be more intense like a couple who is in the middle of despair or broken trust, or an individual or child who has experienced something traumatic that has changed their whole world. All these individuals are looking for ways to regain their life and become who they believe themselves to be.
(417) 551-6138 x2
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Ozark, MO 65721
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Marie A Dixon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Marie A. Dixon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and she received her Master of Social Work Degree from Washington University in 2003. Marie has been licensed by the state of MO since 2012 and has a background working in non-profit settings, hospital settings, community mental health setting as well as crisis intervention services. Marie is certified by the National Board for Social Workers; is trained in Behavioral Modification, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Therapy, crisis intervention techniques, client centered trauma informed care, a Sex Offender Treatment Provider, child welfare-foster-care, residential and adoption .
(314) 938-2919
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Hazelwood, MO 63042
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Chester Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With over 30 years in practice I have experience working with people of all ages with a range of conditions and concerns. People come to me to learn more about themselves and the source of their symptoms. It is though better understanding that we are able to heal and grow. My work with children/adolescents includes anxiety, adoption , depression, family issues, and behavioral problems. My work with adults includes chronic medical conditions, depression, anxiety, loss/grief, and relationship issues.
(314) 207-8599
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Clayton, MO 63105
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Awaken360 Therapeutic Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
Prevention is always preferred. In life the saying goes 'luck favors the prepared'. In counseling, you are most effective when you can prevent struggles compared to reacting to them after they have begun. At Awaken360, we recognize that you and your family may recognize subtle changes in one another before anyone else does. At Awaken360 our heart is to reach people before struggles, mistakes, and hurt feelings begin to pile up and cause real damage not only to relationships, but your ability to have a happy life and future. We believe no situation is too far for help or repair and we seek to partner with you as you work to overcome the following struggles: histories of abuse, adoption or foster care struggles, attachment issues, infertility, stress management, marital/premarital counseling, emotional instability, impulsive or high-risk behaviors, separation or divorce, suicidal ideations, history of self harm, substance use/abuse, anger/aggression, involvement in judicial system, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Visit Awaken360.org to see real change that lasts and inquire about our three treatment options: Outpatient Counseling, Youth Therapeutic Academy, and Family Intensives.
(417) 217-7089
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Springfield, MO 65803
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Anna Segovia Schild
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am an EMDR Certified Therapist with specialized EMDR trainings in addiction, attachment, adoption and non-verbal trauma.
I believe people are more than their diagnosis. Yes, a diagnosis is a tool but it is not the big picture. I come from a place of curiosity and wonder, wanting to know my clients on a deeper level so that I can help them navigate this world. For example, PTSD is a big diagnosis that is thrown around; yet, it doesn't paint the full picture. It doesn't reflect someone's experiences, triggers, how this is impacting their relationships, family history, the strengths they possess etc. Adolescents are my passion however, I also enjoy and work closely with families and adults.
(636) 249-1795
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Saint Charles, MO 63303
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Katie Holman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
Hello! I am passionate about serving others and helping people through life's challenges. Most of my experience has been with children, teens, young adults, parents, individuals struggling with addiction, and their family members. I've worked with foster care families and youth and have adopted two children of my own through the foster care/ adoption process. I've been in a school setting and have seen an increased need for intensive therapy support for adolescents and their family members, and decided to offer therapy services to help people find relief, strengthen their coping skills, problem solve, and live up to their potential.
(314) 916-8658
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Kirkwood, MO 63122
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Danielle K. Carver, L.L.C.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NBCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in working with adoption issues and understand the sensitivity and dynamics associated with blended families and foster care involvement.
Life becomes too difficult; you need an objective someone to talk to, listen to your story, and provide encouragement that you can not only survive what you are going through, but work to find purpose and meaning in the midst of the storm. The most important aspect of therapy is the Client-Therapist relationship. Once it is determined that the Client is comfortable with me, then it is a collaborative effort to help facilitate the healing process through the life changes the Client faces. My job is to provide a safe place for change and growth to happen.
(417) 233-1045
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Adoption Therapists
In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate how adopted children and their adoptive families navigate their lives together. In an attempt to help children who have been adopted adjust and thrive in a new home, and to understand why problems may arise, studies look at the genetic as well as both prenatal and postnatal environmental influences on the development of children who have been adopted.