I believe a good relationship between therapist and client is key to the process of counseling. Please let me know what you want to get out of the counseling experience (such as working on long-term issues that may go back to childhood, life coaching, or a very direct treatment plan for a specific concern). I bring a wealth of scholarship and academic knowledge to the practice of psychotherapy and seek to build a collaborative bond with clients in order to work together to achieve better mental health. I've studied psychodynamic therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy under Dr. Timothy Pedigo and psychopathology and cognitive-behavioral therapy under Dr. Arthur Freeman. I also have training in behavior analysis and therapy through SIUC's Rehabilitation Institute and a certificate of specialization in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies.
I've come to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy through a different route than most, first earning a Ph.D. in psychology with a focus on cognitive neuroscience and then earning a second M.A. in clinical psychology: I utilize this information in what is now often called neuropsychotherapy (how psychotherapy changes the brain and promotes more adaptive functioning).
I have experience in addressing issues related to strong emotions (such as anger, stress, anxiety and depression), the application of effective parenting techniques, couples counseling, helping clients through transition issues such as career change and retirement, as well as issues related to spirituality.
- Stress, Anxiety
I also have experience in Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Parenting, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar
LCPC #180.010878 (Expires: 2019-03-31)
LMHC #39003117A (Expires: 2020-04-01)
I've been working with Dr Hassert for a couple weeks now. I have been in other therapeutic situations and have not had the success I have had in my short time with Dr Hassert.
Dr. Hassert listens for the right things. He zeroes in on what's important and tries to understand my perspective.
Dr. Hassert is wonderful.
Dr. Hassert has been fantastic in addressing my concerns. He is available and always responds in a timely manner. I appreciate the advice he has been able to offer me and would absolutely recommend his expertise.
This was my first time with counseling but I feel that Dr. Hassert really listens and really cares about what you have to say and tries to help you find a way to get over whatever the problem is. Thank you Dr. Hassert and I look forward to more sessions with you!
Dr. Hassert is very knowledgable, empathetic and insightful. He has offered me some valuable perspective and has helped me to feel more at ease with myself. Often he sends me some homework and checks in with me during the week. I'm really enjoying working with him.
It’s been helpful to just vent to someone who doesn’t know me. He’s been responsive. I missed my actual session, but look forward to eventually speaking with him so I can cope or deal with what’s going on in my life.
Dr. Hassert is my first counseling experience and that can be intimidating. But instead of fear he has made an extremely difficult time in my life better with his responsiveness, questions, direction and humor. He has made a positive impact on my behavior and thinking.
Dr. Hassert responds often and quickly with strategies and researched information about my thinking patterns. He checks in periodically if I haven't sent a message in a few days which helps me take time to put myself and my mental health first when I've been too busy.