Elmer Otey

(MSW, LCSW, PhD)
Therapist Elmer Otey Photo

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #002375 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by N.I. on Nov 24, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

I promise you that Elmer’s always helpful and responsible. He gives good advices!

Written by G.R. on Nov 21, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr. Elmer always responds my messages quickly. I am not a good patient, always try to avoid pain and problems. When there was no big conflict, I didn’t go to BetterHelp. I always missed Dr. Elmer’s messages. When problems/ conflicts come up again, I look for support. And Dr. Elmer follow up with me immediately. I really appreciate his support. He is always there for me. Thank you Dr. Elmer!

Written by R.O. on Nov 10, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Elmer has made me feel extremely comfortable and heard. I am very happy I chose to take this leap and that he is helping me along the way.

Written by K.I. on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 3 months on issues concerning depression, and eating disorders

Elmer is really great at bringing perspective to a situation. He’s also fantastic with letting us deviate to address things that may come up in digging through things.

Written by M.A. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 5 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, parenting issues, and bipolar disorder

Elmer is extremely personable and communicative.

I appreciate his understanding and approach to issues we discuss.

Written by A.D. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Elmer is a wise and insightful professional.

Written by M.A. on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Elmer has good insights and it definitely feels like he listens, supports me and has my best interests in mind. Would highly recommend

Written by B.R. on Aug 28, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and anger management

Going OK so far although I suspect it will take us a while to discover what my real problems are. Elmer offers a relaxed atmosphere, doesn't pretend the issue can be solved quickly, patiently follows the trail of clues and reminds me that I'm driving the bus, he's just a passenger.

Written by J.A. on Aug 27, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Otey. I could not recommend him (or BetterHelp) more to friends and colleagues of mine. I feel like he truly validates the way I am feeling, he creates a safe space to be open with him in and patiently guides me to find answers to my own rhetorical questions, etc myself - which I feel is important in the process of implementing healthy and longlasting practices into my life. I told myself I would give it at least a month, but the progress I have made with Dr. Otey in this short time has motivated me (in the greatest and most positive way possible) to continue on this journey with him to better myself. Thank you!!!

Written by C.R. on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and self esteem

Mr. Otey is very professional and understanding. He is a great listener and really has been helping me to focus on my needs and what I need to work on myself. I highly recommend him.

Written by A.N. on Aug 19, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coaching

Thanks to Elmer I understand myself better, he is a very experienced and professional counselor.

Written by L.A. on Aug 11, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Mr. Otey has really helped me cope and become better. Its refreshing to have a counselor that looks like me.

Written by C.H. on Jun 23, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Elmer was simply great, very stand up human being.

Written by L.U. on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Elmer was very professional and I really enjoyed working with him. He is clearly well informed in helping people with anxiety and has been great

Written by Y.A. on Jun 01, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Elmer has been really great to talk to and work with. He is good at helping understand concepts of cbt. Working with him has been a very positive experience

Written by T.I. on May 16, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and bipolar disorder

Dr. Otey's approach is unlike any other therapist I have ever had. I cannot believe how much has changed since I began here. I am grateful for Dr. Otey and for BetterHelp.

Written by J.E. on May 10, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

After only a couple sessions with Elmer, I feel a strong connection with him as I think we share similar outlooks on situations. He gleams out wisdom & kindness. He is naturally supportive, a good listener and easily picks on things I say when I brush over them. Our conversations flow easily & I thoroughly enjoy my sessions with him. He’s a great life coach/supporter.

Written by Z.A. on Apr 19, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Elmer is a great help. He is able to help you identify your issues and proposes changes or behaviors that can help you resolve them. He is easy to talk to and actively listens.

Written by J.A. on Mar 16, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

Elmer has been such a great person, I feel like everything I have issues with he always has solutions for me. As well as, him just being available when needed and how professional he is from the first session I had is all a breath of fresh air. An amazing therapist!

Written by T.O. on Feb 06, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I'lI be honest, I wasn't expecting much considering me previous experiences trying to get help.

However, I'm extremely satisfied with how well Elmer is able to understand my issues and help me to understand myself and my decisions better, even in ways I hadn't considered. He's super easy to talk to and his experience really shows, can't recommend him enough!

Written by C.H. on Feb 05, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Enjoy working with Elmer. He listens to my concerns, provides me homework to work on, and puts accountability on me to make the changes I need to make to not be anxious. Would recommend him if you are looking to put the work in to be a better you.

Written by O.S. on Feb 04, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Elmer is a true professional. He has been very supportive during my most difficult time.

Written by L.E. on Feb 04, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Elmer is a friendly and wise counselor who makes you feel at ease and offers great advice.

Written by N.E. on Jan 28, 2021 after therapy with Elmer for 2 weeks on issues concerning coaching, and adhd

He is a wise counselor and capable counselor.