Dr. Derrick Hassert


About Me

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.

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
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Depression

I also have experience in Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related, Parenting, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 6


LCPC #180.010878 (Expires: 2019-03-31)

LMHC #39003117A (Expires: 2018-04-30)


Written by L.A. on Oct 04, 2017 after counseling with Derrick for 2 months

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.

Written by R.A. on Aug 09, 2017 after counseling with Derrick for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

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.