I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri . I received Master's degree in general counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a doctorate in counselor education/ marriage and family therapy from St. Louis University. I practice from a convenience model that includes client-centered, cognitive and behavioral therapies. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, relationship issues and communication issues.
I have four years of experience as a school counselor and director of counseling for a school district in the mid-west. I started a private practice in 1998 and currently work with children, adolescents and their families. I have ten years of experience as a college professor of counseling at several tier one universities.
I have particular experience working with couples helping them to solve communication and intimacy issues. For the past five years I have added older adults to my case-load helping them to use positive life skills to enrich their lives. I think that I can help by providing a listening ear to assist individuals to look at their issues critically and practically. I bring optimism and hope by helping to validate the feelings of individuals that allow me to work with them.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy
MO LPC 2015032865
Vivian was excellent. She listens and empathized with me. She helped me to challenge my thoughts to make positive changes.
Written on Dec 06, 2023 after therapy with Vivian for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Vivian was great. She was direct and quick to respond. She helped me understand how important taking care of myself is and offered great worksheets.
Written on Oct 16, 2023 after therapy with Vivian for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues
I was feeling very hopeless about a certain relationship that was greatly troubling me. Honestly, all I expected counseling to offer me was a safe place to talk about the issue… a sympathetic ear. But in my very first session Dr. McCollum completely “got” the situation. I felt heard and seen. She has given me hope that this relationship can become better. Or at least that I can become better at handling it! Talking to Dr. McCollum is like talking to a really smart, really experienced friend and I’m so grateful to have found her.
Written on Aug 14, 2023 after therapy with Vivian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I have only had one session with Ms. Vivian but that one session confirmed I selected the right therapist for me. She is definitely an expert in her field but she is more than that. She is genuine, she cares, and she's in it with you. She's there to support you and help you navigate your journey.
Written on Apr 05, 2023 after therapy with Vivian for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
I really enjoy working with Vivian, she listens to my concerns and provides great feedback and techniques to help me achieve my emotional goals.
Written on Mar 26, 2023 after therapy with Vivian for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and self esteem
Thank you for everything
Written on Feb 22, 2023 after therapy with Vivian for 1 year on issues concerning relationship issues, and anger management