Hello! Thanks for stopping by.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I also hold a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (you can read more about how these two things go together on my website at www.rebeccalester.com). I have been in private clinical practice for over 10 years. I am passionate about helping people and I would love the opportunity to work with you.
In my work, I engage the whole person--not just a "disorder." My therapeutic approach is characterized by compassion, warmth, and respect. My work is eclectic and personalized--I prioritize working collaboratively with clients to discover what best works for you and your needs. In addition to having proficiency in psychodynamic humanistic, existential, and cognitive-behavioral therapies, I have pursued additional trainings in DBT, IFS, and Sensorimotor Therapy. But I follow psychiatrist Irvin Yalom's philosophy: "for each new client, a new psychotherapy," meaning that every person is unique, and you deserve an approach specifically tailored to you.
I specialize in the following areas:
• eating disorders
• mood disorders (depression, bipolar)
• stress and coping
• personality disorders
• LGBTQIA+ issues
• sexual/relationship concerns
Choosing a therapist is an important and courageous decision. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about the process or my approach.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
MO LCSW 2007031682
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Rebecca Lester. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.
Working with Dr. Lester has been great. She's very supportive and really seems to understand where I'm coming from.
Written on Jul 09, 2020 after therapy with Rebecca for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Dr. Lester has such great insight and has helped me see things I hadn't noticed before
Written on Jun 23, 2020 after therapy with Rebecca for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and grief
I’ve only been working with Dr. Lester for 2 weeks, and she is great. She listens to me and really cares. She’s been helpful so far and is really getting to know me, which is obviously so important in therapy.
Written on May 05, 2020 after therapy with Rebecca for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and bipolar disorder
I feel completely understood by Dr. Lester. She listens and offers great feedback. Her questions really have helped me explore myself.
Written on Feb 10, 2020 after therapy with Rebecca for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Dr Lester has been amazing. She truly listens and I feel she "gets me". In just a week I have really gained some insight into things I never had before.
Written on Dec 17, 2019 after therapy with Rebecca for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts