I have been providing psychological services in the St Louis and St Charles County area for 30 years. I did much of my postgraduate training and experience at Jewish and Barnes hospitals where I provided literally thousands of groups and individual therapy sessions. I have the experience to help with even very difficult problems in a goal oriented and compassionate manner. I provide therapy for all age patients. My orientation is Cognitive Behavioral, research based and eclectic.
Being a mom is agonizing when your child’s struggling. You’ve done your best and don’t know what else to do. Love mixes with pain and it feels like your heart is breaking. Sometimes kids get clinging, tearful and whiny. Sometimes they get rude and disrespectful. Sometimes they meltdown because they can’t hold it together. Sometimes they’re anxious and sometimes they’re depressed. Whatever you’re facing, it’s hard. I remember. I’m a mom. I got the looks, the unkind remarks in the grocery store. It hurt. There were times when I lost my temper and felt the mom guilt. And I discovered a way to alter the course of our story for good.
I am a trauma focused certified therapist with MoACTS and have worked with children, adolescents and their families for over 30 years in the field of mental health. Currently I work in private practice and have extensive experience with children ages ranging from five to eighteen. I specialize in counseling children, adolescents and teenagers who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives related to child abuse and neglect. In addition I work with children and parents from divorced, blended and step-parent families.
We are a diverse group of licensed professionals. We are compassionate, knowledgable and honored to work with individuals, couples, and families. We support our clients to discover their own personal grace and agility, their ability to express themselves with integrity and conviction and most importantly to restore their faith in themselves and in their relationships.
A little about me, I am a licensed professional counselor. I received my Masters degree in Counseling and my Bachelors degree in Psychology. I know that reaching out for counseling is very difficult. It takes so much courage to talk with someone about the amount of help that is needed. I use a strength-based approach that will focuses more on positive characteristics and contributions while tackling any barriers to success. I will help identify boundaries and provide insight to issues that may be withholding clients happiness. I empower my clients so they are able to cope with stressors in a healthy way.
Whether you are in a marriage that is struggling, having a problem personally with substances, or just need some help clearing out the clutter in your life, my approach to counseling comes from many different counseling theories. I believe that it is important to focus on the here and now, emphasizing future actions, behaviors, and thoughts, rather than deeply exploring the past. While the past has brought us where we are today, how you believe today and how you act today is of more importance. I believe in being directive and intentional in all aspects of therapy.
Dr. Gwenda Plummer helps individuals, couples, and families develop healthy relationships, identify and change problem behaviors, overcome challenges, find healing from past pain, and discover tools for an overcoming and enriched life. After the initial intake, each session is designed to achieve the client's goals in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. Change and a fulfilled life are possible! Schedule with Gwenda today to begin your journey toward the healthy life you desire!
"All behavior is communication" and my goal is to help parents, kids, and teens understand the emotions behind their actions. Emotions may be expressed through lack of motivation, aggressive actions, refusal to participate in activities, use of drugs or alcohol, self-harm or having negative beliefs about themselves. I can work with you and your family to learn healthy communication and coping skills to deal with today's world.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CYT
Hello and welcome! As a counselor and yoga teacher, I look forward to being a non-judgmental, collaborative support on your journey. My approach is warm and compassionate, and my goal is to assist you with identifying and exploring your own inner strengths as well as your hopes for the future. In discovering where you want to go, we can work together to process underlying issues that may be keeping you stuck and to develop strategies for change. I believe that everyone deserves and has the ability to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life, and that includes you!
I was introduced to the world of psychology while going through a difficult time as a young college student and seeking the help of a therapist. The experience taught me so much about myself and how to manage my emotions during difficult times as well as throughout life that I decided to learn more about the field. One intro to psychology class turned into two more, and then just 12 short years later (with a few twists and turns along the way) I completed my PhD in counseling psychology!
My goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment that allows you to explore your pain or other symptoms which bring you to therapy. I feel privileged to be able to assist you in your journey through life's transitions, including identity/self concept, managing stress and anxiety, relational or occupational, recovering from grief and loss, or related to sexual/gender orientation. My style is predominantly Client Centered, but is also informed by Psychodynamic theory, Jungian and Depth psychology, Gestalt therapy, and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.
The ideal client who desire to be equipped and enabled to handle their issues independently. The client has the ability to solve their life's puzzle. My role is to assist the client to anchor the KEY piece(s) and help to develop their own coping skills . I have been helping people all of my life as a teacher, school counselor, and licensed professional counselor and hypnotherapist . Working with individuals, couples and families are areas in which I excel. Many practicing counselors do not blend traditional counseling practices with hypnotherapy. Using both approaches allows the client's mind to be "totally engaged."
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, Psych, LPC, CH, DBT
Are you seeking someone who understands suffering? Whether recent loss, painful trauma or a moment of deep personal crisis, you'd like someone who has been there and understands what it takes to stand up again. Fundamentally, counseling is a relationship. And for many, the first relationship you have ever had where someone listens without judgment, meets you with genuine appreciation, and gives with no strings attached. Together we will get a clear picture of what to do next, then we can introduce powerful rapid change methods backed by research and put you on a path to growth, well-being and more fulfilling work and relationships.
What makes Unlimited Potential Counseling different from other counseling offices? We are a pediatric-focused practice (ages 3-Adult) and can work with your child/teen and family to navigate a variety of life's difficult situations. Our clinicians incorporate a variety of counseling styles to best fit the needs of you and your child, including play therapy techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or parent coaching (to name only a few). We are a neurodiversity-affirming practice and work to find the strengths of each client to help them build the skills they need for success.
Life is short. My goal is to help people find purpose and to overcome some of life's bumps. I work with people of all ages in individual, group, family and with couples who are experiencing feelings/emotions that are getting in the way of living a happy, fulfilled life. Lets face it, sometimes we just need someone to listen and help us learn skills that will get us back on track and feeling better. I work with people that are struggling with anxiety, depression, life events/traumas, bipolar disorder, teen/child issues, couples counseling, finding purpose and many others.
Hello and congratulations on starting your journey to healing! Change and happiness come from within. Therapy offers a way to explore what is keeping you stuck and what is keeping you from making necessary changes to heal and live your best life. We offer a safe space free of judgment and encouraging vulnerability. We provide an environment that allows for differences and individuality. We offer group therapy which is a great way to learn that you are not alone, to hear different perspectives, to be held accountable and learn skills to grow and heal. We look forward to meeting you and being a part of your healing journey.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, STH
If you are reading this, then I imagine you are going through a difficult time - past issues are not improving or current issues have become overwhelming. Or perhaps you're looking for some help to change direction in your life, or you would like to understand yourself better.
I have had the honor of conducting professional counseling services since 2007 as an Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. I consider myself to be a mental health clinician. Client empowerment, rapport building, and a unique ability to teach clients to unlearn unhealthy coping skills and to relearn healthy coping skills are my strengths. Strong focus is given to emotional regulation and assessing emotional dis-regulation symptoms in clients. The use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the treatment orientation I use the most with my clients.
It isn’t easy to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed, uncomfortable, and unheard. I commend you for taking this first step. No longer do you need to feel alone or remain silent. We all need additional support from time to time, engaging in counseling is a wonderful way to get that support.
Hope, healing, and wellness is the focus for the counseling journey that we will enter together. Each person has a unique set of needs, personal strengths, and the ability to overcome difficult times. Our therapeutic relationship begins and ends with grace and my willingness to enter into your experiences alongside you with an authentic listening heart. It is important to grow from our experiences and relationships in such a way that we have a positive regard for ourselves and our own worth.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in O Fallon are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in O Fallon then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in O Fallon, or Child Psychologists in O Fallon.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like O Fallon psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in O Fallon specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.