I am a Licensed Marital & Family Therapist (MFT) and an approved supervisor through the State of Missouri Board of MFT and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. My clinical experience is with individuals, couples, and families related to sexuality, communication, conflict, and parent-child relationships with queer & trans youth. I utilize emotionally-focused, attachment-based, and playful interventions for unsticking the stuck parts of life. I have extensive couple & sexuality training and experience as a certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S
We all walk on a journey through life. It is on this journey that we face situations that we can celebrate, but also situations in which we struggle. I will walk with you on this journey. We will be open and honest to help you reach a place of peace that you desire. It takes time to work through grief, anger, and challenges, and that is okay. Allow your inner strength to shine through as you make this step toward inner healing. Know that you are worth this step and the time that it takes to reach the destination you choose to find a better and more fulfilling life. Call today and know that it is time to get started. You can do this!
I offer warmth and compassion to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with each client. I create a safe environment so that you are able to get down to your core emotions, then help you further explore those feelings. I believe that this is the key to any lasting change or improvement. Changing thoughts and behaviors is great, and definitely part of what needs to happen in therapy...but that is only temporary, first-order change. Real, LASTING change comes from addressing the underlying feelings and emotions behind those behaviors. This authentic growth is my goal for every client.
I am a Missouri licensed clinical social worker with over 6 years experience. I specialize in helping children heal from abuse, primarily focusing on child sexual abuse victims. I also work with children and their parents to resolve behavioral problems.
I have experience working in a variety of different settings including a residential treatment program and several nonprofit organizations providing therapy and other services to child victims and their families.
I received a bachelor degree in both psychology and sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
If Covid -19 is affecting you, please call to discuss options. I believe that every client should receive a non-biased and non-judgmental place when looking for treatment. Life throws us situations in which we must adapt, change our ways, or avoid. A change can be challenging. More importantly, being stuck is sometimes harmful. I am here to help you face these difficult situations. I work through an integrative healing process, providing unconditional acceptance and compassion for every individual. Your healthiness is my happiness. I love what I do!
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, RPT
I know that asking for help can be a difficult process especially when it comes to the mental health of your child. We have all had times in our lives when we and/or our kids needed extra support to be healthier. I am a Private Practice Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist (aka: I have a lot of training and experience counseling kids). I enjoy helping kids who struggle with attachment issues and/or have experienced trauma which is why I am trained in the two evidenced based trauma therapy treatments (TFCBT and EMDR) and in Theraplay Level 1 to grow relational attachment. Many of my clients are foster care or adopted kids.
I practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy with the emphasis on Mindfulness, Happiness and Wellness. I am experienced in working with individuals and couples. I also am experienced with Exposure Therapy to help those who suffer from phobias. I understand the physical and mental effects of aging and I help people transition to become a happier and productive older adult. I offer a non-judgmental support and understanding with compassion. I use a strength based approach in my practice. I am a well-versed life coach who helps people discover their potential. I also have anger management modules for those who need help with their anger.
I believe in the importance of getting to know ourselves to our best ability, as this is key in overcoming life's obstacles and healing from past and present pain. One of the biggest joys in my life is having the privilege of getting to know my clients and helping them access their full potentials to get through difficult times. I'm dedicated to forming a strong and caring therapeutic alliance. Your goals will always be my priority in treatment, and I am genuine and straight-forward in my approach. I'm here to be your biggest ally!
Do you feel as if your life is out of balance? Are you ready for change? Let me help. Making a decision for change is not easy and trusting these decisions may be even more difficult. I can help by teaching you how to make changes in your life that are sustainable. I believe therapy should be delivered in a respectful, sensitive and non-judgemental manner. I believe in working with people's strengths to overcome their difficulties.
Are you feeling lonely, down, and/or anxious? Not sure what you are feeling? Do you have a child or a teen who is lost and needs help with bullying, trauma, self esteem, or aggression? Did you experience abuse or trauma, or need to share a challenge you are going through? Counseling or therapy is a safe environment in which one can feel heard and come together with a neutral person, and form a therapeutic alliance. I am very compassionate, non judgmental, empathic, and easy to talk to. Counseling is all about the therapeutic relationship and feeling you are an equal in this partnership.
For me, it's all about working with kids and families. Often the issues are behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, trauma and loss, or the parent - child relationship. I enjoy meeting people 'where they are at' on their own journey of growth. I respect and honor who you are and want to help you use your strengths in counseling. Whether you are a parent trying to re-connect with a child after a separation or you are a child with a disability struggling to express how you feel, I'm here to help by listening to you first.
I specialize in working with children and adolescent using creative counseling modalities (e.g., sand play, bibliotherapy, and creative therapeutic techniques), across a multitude of diagnoses and behavioral issues. I believe that for children or adolescents to make meaningful change, they must learn skills by seeing, hearing, and doing them. Additionally, I recognize the importance of parental involvement in the treatment process and provide important tools for parent to use with their child in the home.
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!
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.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC, CSAT-S, EMDR-II
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained by Patrick Carnes, Ph.D. - the first to bring the term "Sex Addiction" to the mainstream. I help people troubled with sexual addiction / compulsion to understand and escape the cycle of unwanted sexual behavior.
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.
** NOTE: I currently have a 6-8 week waitlist for new clients with daytime availability (7a-3p). I cannot currently take new clients needing appointments after 3pm or on weekends.** If you are anything like me, you have had a moment in your life when you asked yourself "How can I make the pain stop?" For me, therapy is one option for hurting individuals who want to work through the pain to find answers to life's experiences and questions. I have had the privilege and challenge to walk alongside individuals, couples and families working to initiate the road to recovery that is so often littered with significant loss and conflict.
My professional strengths include a solid theoretical base, strong interpersonal skills and a thorough understanding of human behavior. Intelligence, experience, humor and humanity are all qualities which make me a very effective therapist. Clients and colleagues tell me I have an unusual degree of insight. I offer my insights to help individuals generate insights of their own. I actively address a client's presenting concerns with directness and support. When appropriate, I encourage deeper examination. My experience is that client self awareness reinforced with behavioral strategies accelerate therapy,helping people achieve greater and more immediate mastery.
Joan Rabushka LMSW earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Lindenwood University and her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2017. Joan specializes in eating disorders. Joan's practice focuses on treating clinical issues including: eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression. Joan works with individuals and groups. She leads the Eating Disorder Outpatient group. Joan draws from many different treatment approaches. Joan believes in meeting clients where they are at, and by using a strengths-based approach, this allows the client to gain empowerment and self-determination.
Anxiety is ruthless. What starts out feeling like a helpful coping mechanism eventually turns into something that can overtake your entire life. I am extensively trained and specialize in utilizing evidence-based practice in treating anxiety disorders both as a solitary diagnosis and as part of a co-morbid struggle. I treat individuals of all ages and backgrounds and am LGBTQIA allied.