Are you currently dealing with life transitions, women's issues, relationship issues? Struggling with anxiety, depression, or emotional distress due to past or current stressors? Trying to balance work life and home life? If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Together, through talk therapy and self discovery, we can work on identifying your concerns, exploring your values, and promoting emotional well-being and healing.
Sometimes life throws us a curveball or two. Some people have been dealt a difficult card from the start. I believe we all possess the tools needed to get through times of adversity, but at times, may need a little guidance. One of the many things I love about working as a social worker is the diversity and uniqueness of people I have met over the years, meeting them where they are in life and learning from their experiences. The majority of my career includes working with children, adolescents and adults in a school, hospital, and community mental health setting focusing on suicide prevention, depression, and anxiety.
Lately you’ve been feeling down. Maybe you're having trouble sleeping, eating, or isolating and every day feels like a fight. Perhaps you’ve been feeling nervous, maybe even for no clear reason, and it’s making it hard to focus or function well. Some people even feel like their mind has been playing tricks on them - like having extraordinary experiences where you’re seeing or hearing things others don’t seem to see or hear. Or perhaps those scary moments from your past seem to be getting bigger and bigger, making it really hard to keep running away from. And sometimes, life just feels hard. But it doesn't have to stay that way.
Have you experienced trauma in your life and seem to struggle with the same situations over and over, not knowing how to stop the vicious cycle. Are your emotions problematic, do you repeat unhealthy behaviors, relationships, have an onslaught of negative thoughts and no matter how successful you have become, you feel like a fake, insecure and if people really knew? How many times have you promised that you will stop, alcohol, drugs and really mean it, want it, yet once again fall short. As a veteran, were you in combat, was your military experience depleting, anxiety provoking and your life never the same? What keeps you stuck?
I am a licensed clinical social worker who practices both individual and couples therapy. I have extensive experience working with client's from diverse backgrounds. My training as a social worker has given me the understanding of how both childhood and current life circumstances impact people. I work to assist client's in understanding how they deal with these problems. My goal is never to provide answers for people, but to help people to understand themselves so that they can function and operate independently of their conflicts and problems.
Have you ever driven home from a family gathering, brunch with girlfriends, or a day at work analyzing everything you did? Upset with yourself because you interacted a little too long with that toxic family member, or over shared with your friends when you promised to keep it light this time? Finding, and accepting, your authentic self takes some work, and it gets messy. It can be even more difficult to show up as that person consistently. Let's break the cycle of who you are expected to be to become who you truly are.
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with your life and circumstances that you feel anxious or depressed? Or have you experienced something in your life that you cannot get over or get through and it is still affecting you and the way you want to live? Life can be challenging and sometimes you need someone objective to talk to. Someone who will not judge you or tell you what you should do. You have goals and dreams to achieve. You also want to be at peace with yourself and live a contented, fulfilling life.
Susan Purnell, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has 5 years of experience in the mental health field. Susan completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Webster University and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counselor Education and Supervision at Walden University.
SAME DAY, EVENING & WEEKEND OPTIONS. In-person OR Telehealth (video/Covid-19 friendly) openings. Need help, but find traditional approaches unappealing? I provide an integrative strategy informed by the latest research in neuroscience, environmental factors, & mindfulness. I focus on shifting the culture of your relationships and internal schemas from their current negative, painful cycles into a place for connection & achievement. Beyond knowledge, so much in therapy is about the relationship: I'm here for you. Ready now? I get that. Phone answered until 10 p.m. & weekends. Getting therapy should be easy, not add stress.
Are you often told that you "need to relax," that you're "Type A," or that "you should slow down,"? Do you feel stuck in an endless cycle of stress, worry, or depression? Are you ready to make your Mental Health a priority but don't know where or how to start? If being able to just relax seems unachievable and hopeless; I want you to know that change is possible. Together we can help you develop healthier coping skills, establish appropriate boundaries, and gain new insights about yourself and your life.
I have 16 years of experience helping people of diverse backgrounds to navigate through dark times in their lives. I have hope that people can overcome depression, calm anxiety, be transformed through grief, and find their peaceful center in the midst of over-stimulation and busyness. I have extensive experience in couples’ therapy, trauma-informed care, and PTSD/trauma-related disorders. My goal is to create space for you to explore yourself, your relationship with others, and work towards living a life of greater pleasure and meaning.
Hellooo! Thanks for making time to be here today. If you're here, I'm wondering if you've asked yourself important questions such as: When was the last time you were asked what you needed? What does acceptance look like in your life? How can you live your most authentic self? What does it look like creating an environment for yourself to be successful? If you find yourself resonating with these questions, then you're more than likely seeking a provider who can help you achieve your goals, and maybe that's me! I encourage you to make an appointment today to find out.
Making the choice to start therapy can feel daunting, but it can be a rewarding and healing experience. Therapy is a space where you can express thoughts and feelings without judgment. You can explore and heal, learn and observe, and work towards the goals and values that you identify as important. I assist people in discovering peace and comfort within their lives through coping skills, mindfulness practices, and self compassion, as well as exploring and healing from past experiences and traumas.
You are tired of fighting, having to explain yourself, being disappointed, and grieving the life you planned as a child. Parenting is one of the HARDEST and most fulfilling experiences that one can have in this lifetime, but it can sometimes feel like a constant battle. If you toss in co-parenting with an ex-partner, trying to integrate a new partner into your "ready-made" family, and/or being a caregiver to a family member due to unfavorable circumstances, things get a lot more complicated. Being the child in these situations, can be even harder to navigate because everything can feel so unstable. All of it feels exhausting!
I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families from a relational, trauma informed, attachment informed, developmental perspective. Trained in child psychotherapy, couples therapy and family therapy, I work to understand clients within the context of their primary and family relationships. I especially enjoy working with couples and families. I work to identify the emotional and interpersonal obstacles to further growth, and build on the strength and resilience of the individual, couple and family. .I have experience working with children and adolescents experiencing the full range of emotional, social and developmental difficulties.
Many people are hesitant to try therapy due to negative experiences in the past. For some, this will be their first attempt. The style of therapy I focus on is emotional support and listening. I really enjoy being able to walk next to clients when they are making difficult decisions in life or dealing with general stress and anxiety. Being able to assist a person in making their own choices, coming from a place of compassion, non-judgment, and understanding context is a crucial part of my approach. Listening, encouragement, and providing a safe space for a person to express themselves is what I strive for in a session.
If your behavior does not reflect your core potential, make this your day to initiate personal growth & evolutionary change. Learn how to discover and employ your personal power to activate transformation! As a Personal Empowerment Coach, I help clients learn cognitive restructuring and behavior modification techniques to release their "authentic self" making change operational in their everyday life. I address physical, mental, emotional & spiritual issues through a wellness paradigm vs. symptom treatment approach. My philosophy is framed from a strength based perspective, "what's well with you" not "what's wrong with you".
KINETIC counseling specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, familial stress, and parenting. With 14 years of experience in family social work, Carly provides private counseling services which focus on a comprehensive appreciation of the complexity of people's lives and choices. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Stress Reduction techniques, Mindfulness strategies, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions. Carly works to incorporate a holistic approach embracing each person's interests, hobbies, educational background and belief system.
Tiffany Burke is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and Maryland. She has 9 years of experience providing individualized services to adults struggling with mental health and substance use. Tiffany completed her undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice and received her Master of Arts in Counseling at Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Central West End, Saint Louis 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 Central West End, Saint Louis 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 Central West End, Saint Louis, or Child Psychologists in Central West End, Saint Louis.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Central West End, Saint Louis 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 Central West End, Saint Louis 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.