Welcome, I am Irene Freeman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri.
In a life of challenging experiences reaching out for support can be difficult. Finding the right professional "fit" is important for fostering trust and personal growth. I emphasize the perspective of non-judgmental acceptance. My counseling style is deeply interactive and focused on the dynamics of personal experience, relationships, thoughts, and the bodies we inhabit. Compassion for ourselves is the root of growth and is fostered by compassionate connections with others.
I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Missouri State University and have worked in the mental health field for 11 years. In that time I have been privileged to work with clients of all ages across a broad variety of needs. Depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, stress, and trauma are of particular interest. Sessions often focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a trauma-informed environment and integrate elements of EMDR, mindfulness, self-acceptance, and the dynamics of body/mind experiences.
Each therapeutic relationship is unique and defined by the people in it. Creating a new therapy suited to a client's experiences, needs, and goals is essential to building a strong and respectful connection.
I look forward to meeting you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Smoking/Vaping Cessation, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MO LCSW 2020039618
She is a very good listener and knows how to open your mind to see things from different angles or a different point of view I would 100 percent recommend Irene.
Written on Aug 07, 2023 after therapy with Irene (Joshua) for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Calm, cool and collected. Joshua is a great listener and offers help as you go. I really appreciate that.
Written on Apr 09, 2023 after therapy with Irene (Joshua) for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Josh is a very professional and great person to speak with about my mental health and how to improve my life!
Written on Mar 16, 2023 after therapy with Irene (Joshua) for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management
My wife and I have had 1 session thus far but we truly enjoyed speaking with him and look forward to having more sessions with him!
Written on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with Irene (Joshua) for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, and self esteem
Josh is overflowing with calm and kindness. He is wise and has an incredible ability to see depth in most anything you choose to share. He picks up on words you don't realize you are telling yourself and helps you reframe your inner dialogue.
Written on Jul 22, 2022 after therapy with Irene (Joshua) for 1 year and 3 months
Josh has been a huge part of transitional pieces in my life and helping me to enjoy the experiences of my journey. I feel very validated with my deeper self and feel that I can become more supportive of those around me. I’m very grateful for this growth
Written on May 01, 2022 after therapy with Irene (Joshua) for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue