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)

LCMHC #068.0132425 (Expires: 2023-01-31)


Written by M.E. on Oct 07, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Cusumano has been a great help to me. He's easy to talk to and has a good understanding of my issues and how to help me through them.

Written by L.A. on Sep 09, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Dr Cusamano is super responsive and all around a great doctor. He’s intelligent and seems genuinely interested in me as a person and that’s rare. I’ve been with him for a few months now and I’m very satisfied as his patient.

Written by B.R. on Aug 28, 2020 after counseling with Joseph for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Very personable and easy to talk to.

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 (: