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Elmer Otey, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationship issues Family conflicts Depression
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About me

Hello and welcome. My name is Elmer Otey. I am excited to share in your therapeutic experience. I am a License Clinical Social Worker and a State of Missouri approved Clinical Supervisor. I earned a Master's degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University and have extensive training in a wide range of treatment modalities. I have over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings. I believe in treating everyone with respect, dignity, sensitivity and compassion. My approach adheres to cognitive behavioral and rational emotive counseling with my ultimate goal being to meet your unique and specific needs. I do promote self determination and believe that together we will be able to make effective change in your everyday coping skills for an optimum outcome. I look forward to working with you.

Professional experience

30yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Visually Impaired, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

MO LCSW 002375


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Elmer Otey. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Elmer is kind and understanding and he is obviously very knowledgable about therapy. I would recommend him to anyone.

Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

The most compassionate listener and helped from the heart , My Sincere Thanks

Written on Feb 10, 2023 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and adhd

Elmer listens to me even when things - in my own opinion - seem a little first world problems like. He offers me sage advice and helps me walk through my feelings so that I can figure out where I'm going. It means a lot to me that he is gentle with my emotions.

Written on Jan 25, 2023 after therapy with Elmer for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, and eating disorders

Elmer is a delight to work with. I would recommend him to anyone who needs an understanding ear and/or someone who needs to talk through their issues in life to get to the bottom of how they feel. Thank you for being you Elmer. Looking forward to talking to you next time.

Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Elmer for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Elmer was very helpful in helping me deal with my negative thinking that has crippled me for just about my whole life. Over the course of several months, I've been able to share my deepest insecurities and issues without feeling shameful or condemned, and he has encouraged me to see the value I have in myself and live in that despite what those thoughts might say. He listens well, and he also helped me navigate towards the roots of my thinking so that I can properly address them and replace them with more positive and constructive thinking. He's also shared with me a plethora of wisdoms and resources that I can use to make sure my THOUGHTS control my EMOTIONS, and my EMOTIONS control my BEHAVIOR

Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Elmer for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

Great and wise!!

Written on Dec 23, 2022 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties