I am a therapist licensed in the State of Missouri as an LCSW ( Licensed Clinical Social Worker). I have been a therapist for approximately 30 years working in various settings including a psychiatric hospital for almost 20 years, private practice and various mental health agencies. My specialties include treating depression, mood disorders, anxiety, phobias, anger, ADHD, relationship and self esteem issues. I have worked with individuals, couples and families. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy with a systems approach considering structure, boundaries, communication, and various family dynamics. I am non-judgmental is my approach with an emphasis on "seeing" your issues through your eyes. My goal is to demonstrate that I am listening and thinking about your feelings and concerns with an attempt to assist you with healthy options and solutions.
I focus on Strengths not weaknesses, and consider it a strength that you sought counseling with a therapist. I believe mental health is as important as physical health and applaud you for seeking to improve your mental health. My entire career has been about mental health and believe I have learned as much from my clients as I have from books. So, here is to learning more about you.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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I worked with Steven at different times across several years. He was very good about being the external backbone I needed but also calling out my bullsh!! and unhealthy behaviors.
Written on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Steven for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Steven has been an incredible guide for my personal growth. He was my first ever real therapist and offered me some very good insights on my patterns and what to work on, practically. He’s a great listener and always finds real life simple examples to explain complex projects. I’d recommend him.
Written on May 14, 2022 after therapy with Steven for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Steve is great. I appreciate his vast experience and all of him wisdom.
Written on Mar 12, 2022 after therapy with Steven for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management
Steven is kind and really listens. He gave me tools to deal with my anxiety and I found myself having an easier time with it all just after 2 sessions.
Written on Jan 28, 2022 after therapy with Steven for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, grief, and lgbt
Steven is a great counsellor and has helped me work through many different areas which has been extremely helpful.
Written on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Steven for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
I made great progress with Steven in a short time. He helped me immensely with things I’ve battled with my whole life. I appreciate the tools he’s given me and will continue to use them.
Written on Sep 05, 2021 after therapy with Steven for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes