Attachment-based Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Jessica Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
I have worked at inpatient and outpatient levels of care and use several different attachment-based approaches and trauma-focused modalities.
Living in a broken world naturally means we may often feel broken ourselves, detached from who we genuinely are, who we once were, and who we long to be. It is easy to lose connection with our true selves as we attempt to navigate our external relationships, past traumas, societal expectations, and the daily demands of this world. This disconnection can disrupt our sense of equilibrium and wholeness and can bring on feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and a general dissatisfaction with life.
I have worked at inpatient and outpatient levels of care and use several different attachment-based approaches and trauma-focused modalities.
Living in a broken world naturally means we may often feel broken ourselves, detached from who we genuinely are, who we once were, and who we long to be. It is easy to lose connection with our true selves as we attempt to navigate our external relationships, past traumas, societal expectations, and the daily demands of this world. This disconnection can disrupt our sense of equilibrium and wholeness and can bring on feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and a general dissatisfaction with life.
(314) 266-3595 View (314) 266-3595
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Michelle Maguire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63123
I will utilize attachment-based theories and techniques and other modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness strategies.
My name is Michelle Maguire, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri and Kansas. I believe trust, compassion and respect are essential for effective treatment. I will create a safe and non-judgmental space for healing and change. I studied at Kansas State University for my undergraduate degree in social work. I obtained my graduate degree in social work from the University of Missouri. I have been a practicing therapist since 2003. My clinical experience spans clients of all ages and backgrounds.
I will utilize attachment-based theories and techniques and other modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness strategies.
My name is Michelle Maguire, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri and Kansas. I believe trust, compassion and respect are essential for effective treatment. I will create a safe and non-judgmental space for healing and change. I studied at Kansas State University for my undergraduate degree in social work. I obtained my graduate degree in social work from the University of Missouri. I have been a practicing therapist since 2003. My clinical experience spans clients of all ages and backgrounds.
(636) 242-6123 View (636) 242-6123
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Laila Merz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63124
I went into the field of psychology because I love helping people transform to the best version of themselves. We all need a safe place to understand ourselves and how we relate to others/self. I often say "We need to be Mindful of our Total-Well Being and that our minds and our bodies are an inter-connected systems. Where the mind goes, so does the man or woman in their actions and body states. We go to the physician for our physical health, so how much healthier would we be if we went to our psychologist for our mental health?" At heart, I am a holistic practitioner and love seeing my clients Thrive.
I went into the field of psychology because I love helping people transform to the best version of themselves. We all need a safe place to understand ourselves and how we relate to others/self. I often say "We need to be Mindful of our Total-Well Being and that our minds and our bodies are an inter-connected systems. Where the mind goes, so does the man or woman in their actions and body states. We go to the physician for our physical health, so how much healthier would we be if we went to our psychologist for our mental health?" At heart, I am a holistic practitioner and love seeing my clients Thrive.
(314) 485-4853 View (314) 485-4853
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Kristen Ratican
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63105  (Online Only)
I approach treatment through an attachment-based, trauma-informed, psychodynamic lens and collaborative framework, recognizing that you are the expert of your life experience.
We are wired to repeat deeply learned patterns that, at a certain point, no longer serve us. Whether it’s in your personal relationships, or your relationship with yourself, at times you may find yourself feeling stuck in a repetitive loop, with outcomes that feel undesirable or out of your control. Together we can identify and explore these patterns in order to define your goals and work towards meaningful growth.
I approach treatment through an attachment-based, trauma-informed, psychodynamic lens and collaborative framework, recognizing that you are the expert of your life experience.
We are wired to repeat deeply learned patterns that, at a certain point, no longer serve us. Whether it’s in your personal relationships, or your relationship with yourself, at times you may find yourself feeling stuck in a repetitive loop, with outcomes that feel undesirable or out of your control. Together we can identify and explore these patterns in order to define your goals and work towards meaningful growth.
(314) 912-4041 View (314) 912-4041
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Devin Feeney
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63129
In our time, I will incorporate trauma-informed practices, attachment-based practices, interpersonal processing, emotional regulation, and family systems work.
C.S Lewis has said, "Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear... it is easier to say, “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” This statement reminds me of how important counseling is in attending to the hurts that are not visible to the eyes. In my work with clients, I seek to establish a relationship of safety and trust so that we can help make sense of your inner world and how it came to be. A safe relationship can provide room for you to grieve what has been lost and work towards what you hope to regain.
In our time, I will incorporate trauma-informed practices, attachment-based practices, interpersonal processing, emotional regulation, and family systems work.
C.S Lewis has said, "Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear... it is easier to say, “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” This statement reminds me of how important counseling is in attending to the hurts that are not visible to the eyes. In my work with clients, I seek to establish a relationship of safety and trust so that we can help make sense of your inner world and how it came to be. A safe relationship can provide room for you to grieve what has been lost and work towards what you hope to regain.
(314) 897-3947 View (314) 897-3947
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Kathleen Godefroid
Pre-Licensed Professional, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63129
Waitlist for new clients
I work with women to help rebuild a relationship with themselves that tells them they are good, and that the adversity they have experienced is not their fault. Many of my clients have experienced relational trauma that has silenced their voice, disconnected them from their emotions and bodily experience. I enjoy working with women on various issues including emotional abuse, powerlessness, relational issues (mother-daughter relationships), boundary issues, anxiety, depression, confusion and anger. I focus my energy into creating a safe space where you can begin to know and trust yourself, experiencing a sense of empowerment.
I work with women to help rebuild a relationship with themselves that tells them they are good, and that the adversity they have experienced is not their fault. Many of my clients have experienced relational trauma that has silenced their voice, disconnected them from their emotions and bodily experience. I enjoy working with women on various issues including emotional abuse, powerlessness, relational issues (mother-daughter relationships), boundary issues, anxiety, depression, confusion and anger. I focus my energy into creating a safe space where you can begin to know and trust yourself, experiencing a sense of empowerment.
(314) 742-8139 View (314) 742-8139
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Ellie Mental Health - Hampton Ave
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63139
Ellie Mental Health in St. Louis-Hampton Avenue, Missouri isn’t your average therapy clinic. We’ve created a comfy, judgment-free zone where you can be authentic, get real about where you’re at in your mental health, and receive the compassionate care you deserve. We strive to break down treatment barriers and provide you with customized counseling services that meet your therapy needs.
Ellie Mental Health in St. Louis-Hampton Avenue, Missouri isn’t your average therapy clinic. We’ve created a comfy, judgment-free zone where you can be authentic, get real about where you’re at in your mental health, and receive the compassionate care you deserve. We strive to break down treatment barriers and provide you with customized counseling services that meet your therapy needs.
(314) 860-8535 View (314) 860-8535
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Jim Gerber
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, ATR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
Many people experience injuries in life that do not subside with the passage of time. The residue of these injuries can result in depression, intrusive thoughts and desperate ways of coping. We can fall into patterns of being that feel too hard to change. All of this then interferes with connection to others and intimacy. One does not have to live this way. It can be different.
Many people experience injuries in life that do not subside with the passage of time. The residue of these injuries can result in depression, intrusive thoughts and desperate ways of coping. We can fall into patterns of being that feel too hard to change. All of this then interferes with connection to others and intimacy. One does not have to live this way. It can be different.
(636) 303-1492 View (636) 303-1492
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Jacqueline Fay Langley
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63117
I have been treating all age groups in the St. Louis area for over 35 years. My in depth training as both a psychologist and psychoanalyst for children and adults provides a full spectrum of skills to treat short and long term issues for all age groups. I am highly skilled at meeting a person where they are to help them, through connection with me and my understanding of them, reach new and emotionally healthier places in their life. In addition to the areas of specialties listed I work with mother/infant dyads and children who are adopted and their parents achieve more satisfying attachments.
I have been treating all age groups in the St. Louis area for over 35 years. My in depth training as both a psychologist and psychoanalyst for children and adults provides a full spectrum of skills to treat short and long term issues for all age groups. I am highly skilled at meeting a person where they are to help them, through connection with me and my understanding of them, reach new and emotionally healthier places in their life. In addition to the areas of specialties listed I work with mother/infant dyads and children who are adopted and their parents achieve more satisfying attachments.
(314) 527-1227 View (314) 527-1227
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Steven Carlson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MATS, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63109
I am an intuitive therapist who holds safe space for individuals to gain insight and healing into themselves and their life experiences. I support you in exploring and living a more authentic, loving, meaningful and fulfilling life. Being seen, understood and accepted as we actually are in this moment is vital to positive change. I am committed to being a compassionate witness and mirror in your transformative journey of healing and (re)discovery. Additionally, I offer clinical consultation and supervision to provisionally licensed counselors.
I am an intuitive therapist who holds safe space for individuals to gain insight and healing into themselves and their life experiences. I support you in exploring and living a more authentic, loving, meaningful and fulfilling life. Being seen, understood and accepted as we actually are in this moment is vital to positive change. I am committed to being a compassionate witness and mirror in your transformative journey of healing and (re)discovery. Additionally, I offer clinical consultation and supervision to provisionally licensed counselors.
(314) 207-8220 View (314) 207-8220
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Cathy Luebbering
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
I work with those who are courageously facing pain and trauma in their lives. Perhaps you wonder if you can look at your own experiences... Maybe you fear being overwhelmed if you dare look. You may be thinking anxiety will overwhelm you. It need not be this way. Allow me to journey with you as you explore the questions tugging at you. You need not face them alone. Support is here; it is real. You CAN face these challenges, and you need not face them alone in the silence of your heart. Reach out now for the support you deserve.
I work with those who are courageously facing pain and trauma in their lives. Perhaps you wonder if you can look at your own experiences... Maybe you fear being overwhelmed if you dare look. You may be thinking anxiety will overwhelm you. It need not be this way. Allow me to journey with you as you explore the questions tugging at you. You need not face them alone. Support is here; it is real. You CAN face these challenges, and you need not face them alone in the silence of your heart. Reach out now for the support you deserve.
(314) 309-3431 View (314) 309-3431
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Kathryn Muñiz
MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118
To share your story and start a journey toward healing is profoundly brave and admirable. Being entrusted to walk alongside those who are willing to take that risk is a privilege that I don’t take lightly. I count it as a tremendous honor to be invited to sit with the clients I work with, in moments of vulnerability and hurt and in those of victory and celebration.
To share your story and start a journey toward healing is profoundly brave and admirable. Being entrusted to walk alongside those who are willing to take that risk is a privilege that I don’t take lightly. I count it as a tremendous honor to be invited to sit with the clients I work with, in moments of vulnerability and hurt and in those of victory and celebration.
(314) 900-3437 View (314) 900-3437
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Hebisen Counseling LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Waitlist for new clients
Waitlisting clients as of April 2023. - If you are like me, you have procrastinated this decision to seek counseling for some time, and you are steadily nearing desperation. Entering into therapy is difficult - it is important to find a therapist with whom you connect. I provide a free phone consultation and a half price first session, so we can decide if we are a good fit. I work best with clients who are motivated to begin the explorative process towards healing. I seek to honor the vulnerability required to make changes in one's life by listening without judgment and growing to understand the individual's experiences.
Waitlisting clients as of April 2023. - If you are like me, you have procrastinated this decision to seek counseling for some time, and you are steadily nearing desperation. Entering into therapy is difficult - it is important to find a therapist with whom you connect. I provide a free phone consultation and a half price first session, so we can decide if we are a good fit. I work best with clients who are motivated to begin the explorative process towards healing. I seek to honor the vulnerability required to make changes in one's life by listening without judgment and growing to understand the individual's experiences.
(314) 207-4270 View (314) 207-4270
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Jennifer Morgan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, BCPCC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63123
My focus is developing a relationship with my clients that becomes the foundation for transformation. My work is guided by the belief that much in life is related to the core need of knowing and being known. After addressing physical needs & causes, I often lean into the idea that our thoughts are part of what cause our feelings and behaviors. If we are able to change the way we think about the world, we will be able to change the way we feel and act. Most importantly, having someone who cares walk along side you can make all the difference in the world. Change isn't easy, but seeking help means you don't have to do it alone.
My focus is developing a relationship with my clients that becomes the foundation for transformation. My work is guided by the belief that much in life is related to the core need of knowing and being known. After addressing physical needs & causes, I often lean into the idea that our thoughts are part of what cause our feelings and behaviors. If we are able to change the way we think about the world, we will be able to change the way we feel and act. Most importantly, having someone who cares walk along side you can make all the difference in the world. Change isn't easy, but seeking help means you don't have to do it alone.
(314) 828-1408 View (314) 828-1408
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Cheryl M Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Did you know that couples on average wait 6 years before seeking help for a troubled marriage. Are you and your spouse wanting renewal, connection and joy. There is hope whether the problem is trust, emotional distance, or escalating conflict. I start with a strengths based focus using research based Gottman method interventions that work. Do you have more than 20 days in the month of sadness, irritability or anxious worry? Individual counseling is a place to tell your story in order to build new skills and experiences to increase the days of happiness and contentment each month.
Did you know that couples on average wait 6 years before seeking help for a troubled marriage. Are you and your spouse wanting renewal, connection and joy. There is hope whether the problem is trust, emotional distance, or escalating conflict. I start with a strengths based focus using research based Gottman method interventions that work. Do you have more than 20 days in the month of sadness, irritability or anxious worry? Individual counseling is a place to tell your story in order to build new skills and experiences to increase the days of happiness and contentment each month.
(314) 207-3278 View (314) 207-3278
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Ed Killeen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MAC, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
Over half of my work is with couples. Through training and supervision in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), I can see and hear needs and feelings long hidden for fear of being hurt again. I empathize and acknowledge real wrongs and real emotional damage to trust and respect. I hear both sides. I also offer hope. I can see when marital conflict itself offers evidence that partners still desire and need each other. I know how difficult a process forgiveness and then trust building really are. Slowly, when even one is ready to love again, I equip both to express their hearts with a gentle strength, and to hear with compassion.
Over half of my work is with couples. Through training and supervision in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), I can see and hear needs and feelings long hidden for fear of being hurt again. I empathize and acknowledge real wrongs and real emotional damage to trust and respect. I hear both sides. I also offer hope. I can see when marital conflict itself offers evidence that partners still desire and need each other. I know how difficult a process forgiveness and then trust building really are. Slowly, when even one is ready to love again, I equip both to express their hearts with a gentle strength, and to hear with compassion.
(314) 309-3366 x1 View (314) 309-3366 x1
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Zane Shetler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
Are you seeking to live a fuller life less encumbered by stress, anxiety, loneliness, or self-doubt? Psychodynamic and emotion-focused therapy is a supportive and nonjudgmental process that allows us to develop a deeper understanding of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by our experiences. Through this work we can foster greater self-awareness, enhance our ability to tune into and regulate our emotions, and become more empowered to live authentically and purposefully in the present, enriching our lives and relationships along the way.
Are you seeking to live a fuller life less encumbered by stress, anxiety, loneliness, or self-doubt? Psychodynamic and emotion-focused therapy is a supportive and nonjudgmental process that allows us to develop a deeper understanding of how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by our experiences. Through this work we can foster greater self-awareness, enhance our ability to tune into and regulate our emotions, and become more empowered to live authentically and purposefully in the present, enriching our lives and relationships along the way.
(314) 682-4618 View (314) 682-4618
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Katie Killeen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118
You're ready for therapy. Maybe you sense that there’s so much more to you than is known by yourself or others. You’re exhausted from unmet needs, chronic caretaking, traumatic triggers, or feelings of shame. Connection and joy are brief and seem out of reach. You're feeling helpless, unworthy, unfulfilled, and anxious. Maybe you yearn to be known by your partner, friends, and community. You want to tell a new story with your life, nurture a space of inner peace, or return to the love you once felt in your relationship. You yearn to connect more authentically with your body, your world, and the people in it.
You're ready for therapy. Maybe you sense that there’s so much more to you than is known by yourself or others. You’re exhausted from unmet needs, chronic caretaking, traumatic triggers, or feelings of shame. Connection and joy are brief and seem out of reach. You're feeling helpless, unworthy, unfulfilled, and anxious. Maybe you yearn to be known by your partner, friends, and community. You want to tell a new story with your life, nurture a space of inner peace, or return to the love you once felt in your relationship. You yearn to connect more authentically with your body, your world, and the people in it.
(314) 671-0710 View (314) 671-0710
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Jennifer Newman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63109
I am a particularly good fit for clients who tend to intellectualize their problems and who are uncomfortable/unaccustomed to tapping into their emotions. I am a more interactive therapist. I see therapy as a conversation. If you are someone who has been frustrated by therapists who are detached, I may be a good fit for you. I am patient and I will not push you into going deeper than you feel comfortable with at the moment. I know that change and trust are slow processes and I will respect your ability to set the pace of your own therapy.
I am a particularly good fit for clients who tend to intellectualize their problems and who are uncomfortable/unaccustomed to tapping into their emotions. I am a more interactive therapist. I see therapy as a conversation. If you are someone who has been frustrated by therapists who are detached, I may be a good fit for you. I am patient and I will not push you into going deeper than you feel comfortable with at the moment. I know that change and trust are slow processes and I will respect your ability to set the pace of your own therapy.
(314) 582-9421 View (314) 582-9421
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Tiffany J Walehwa
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63105
I am trauma-informed therapist that has experience working with a diverse population that includes children, adolescents and adults. Dedicated to creating an inclusive environment, I continue my training throughout the year to effectively serve marginalized communities, including those related to the LGBTQIA community. Born and raised in St. Louis City, I am aware of some of the treasures and challenges that come from living in the area. However, I remain committed to serving the systemic issues that face the clientele in other states, including California and Texas. I strive to provide a safe, client-focused environment.
I am trauma-informed therapist that has experience working with a diverse population that includes children, adolescents and adults. Dedicated to creating an inclusive environment, I continue my training throughout the year to effectively serve marginalized communities, including those related to the LGBTQIA community. Born and raised in St. Louis City, I am aware of some of the treasures and challenges that come from living in the area. However, I remain committed to serving the systemic issues that face the clientele in other states, including California and Texas. I strive to provide a safe, client-focused environment.
(314) 701-7058 View (314) 701-7058

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Attachment-based Therapists

Is attachment-based therapy the same as attachment therapy?

Attachment-based therapy may be confused with what is called “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy”), a discredited and dangerous approach to treating children with attachment disorders, autism, or other mental health concerns. Attachment therapy—not attachment-based therapy—may involve restraining a child, forcing eye contact, and other coercive or abusive techniques. None of these practices are used in attachment-based therapy and the two modalities are in no way related.

What should I expect from attachment-based therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is based on attachment theory, which posits that children’s early relationships with their caregivers strongly influence their ability to navigate the world later in life. Thus, adults who seek attachment-based therapy should expect to deeply explore their childhood, identifying the dynamics or experiences that disrupted their attachment and the steps necessary to overcome challenges that arose as a result. Parents and children should expect to explore the possible factors that disrupted the parent-child relationship and work toward restoring trust and connection.

How long does attachment-based therapy last?

Certain forms of attachment-based therapy, especially those designed for parents and children, last for a set number of sessions; for example, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up, a specific attachment-based approach for young children who have undergone early adversity, unfolds over 10 one-hour sessions. When attachment-based therapy is practiced on adults or combined with other modalities, it may not last a specific length of time; clients may wish to ask prospective therapists how long they expect treatment to take.

Does attachment-based therapy work?

Most of the research on attachment-based therapy focuses on children and adolescents. Some of this research shows a positive effect, especially for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Other studies, however, have found that attachment-based therapy is no more effective than other approaches to childhood depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Less is known about the therapy’s efficacy on adult populations.