I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Missouri. I graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2016, and have been working with a variety of clients and issues. I live and work in Alton, Illinois, about 30 miles north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River.
My treatment approach is client-centered, goal-oriented, collaborative, and strengths-based. I believe that most mental health issues can be traced back to trauma; it’s not what is wrong with you, but what has happened to you. I use CBT and EMDR as my main therapy modalities, but also incorporate somatic processing, motivational interviewing, exposure therapy, and positive psychology. Once the negative beliefs are identified, the work is to create more adaptive beliefs, and process the actual traumas. Self-care, and coping skills for symptoms are extremely important, too, especially in the beginning of therapy.
I am affirming, and believe that people get to decide who they are. I also believe that growth and evolution are inherent in our human nature.
Reaching out for help with life’s challenges is one of the most important things one can do for their long-term health and well-being. I walk with you, never judging, and always supporting you with your goals. I look forward to helping you find relief from symptoms, needed solutions, and ultimately, true healing.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2020036493
IL LCSW 149022555
Paula does a great job of making me feel comfortable and heard. She’s able to help me look at things from different perspectives without making me feel judged. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for some help sorting things out.
Written on Mar 17, 2023 after therapy with Paula for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
Paula is very good at following up.
Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Very happy so far
Written on Nov 17, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
Paula is incredibly understanding and supportive. She creates such an amazing space to share and be heard. Her energy, even virtually received, is soothing and her attitude and poise is so authentic. I’ve never had a therapist like her.
Written on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Paula has been amazing! She really connects and listens to what we're discussing. She's been very helpful with tips and helping me through the motions. Very much appreciate our talks.
Written on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Paula is great, professional, patient and kind. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her!
Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Paula for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes