Dr. Joseph Cusumano


About Me

I am an energetic, highly-engaging, professional counselor licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and Vermont. I also have temporary licenses in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.I have been told that I have a professional, youthful, warm demeanor. My clients call me Dr. Joe. I hold a Ph.D. from St. Louis University, where I specialized in systemic family therapy. I have a lifetime of experience and bring it to each session. In recent years, I have focused on couples counseling, and use The Gottman Method. I have been certified to administer the Gottman Relationship Checkup...a powerful tool to help couples get back on track. Personally, I have been married for 45 years. I have written two counseling-related books: Transforming Scrooge, and If You Build It. One is based upon A Christmas Carol and the other on Field of Dreams. I have been invited to take part in this summer's Field of Dreams major league baseball game festivities in August. I was the Director of Student Counseling at Lindenwood University from 2013-2017. I like working with young adults, along with adults of all ages, including those over 65. I was an assistant professor, and I also am licensed in Missouri as a Communication Skills teacher and a Reading Specialist. I have a certificate from the Zur Institute in Cinema Therapy. I love literature, film, and books, and often integrate them into therapy sessions. I am told I have a unique therapy style. I can help with stress, anxiety, worry, depression, PTSD, ADD, OCD, grief, and existential issues. I can also help with Covid-19 issues. I have successfully counseled straight, gay, lesbian, and transgender clients.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 33

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #000043 (Expires: 2021-06-30)

LCPC #180011105 (Expires: 2021-03-31)

LMHC #068.0132425 (Expires: 2021-01-31)

Other #EL01241 (Expires: 2020-12-31)

LMHC #291-MH-CC-TEMP (Expires: 2020-12-31)


Written by S.A. on May 22, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

I never talk to therapist until now. At one point I was going through a difficult time while I was stuck in the house due to the COVID-19 . I had 3 sessions with Dr. Joe and I can tell you I improve so much every time I talked to him. I want to thank him in every way I can!! So thank you for everything (: