Counselors

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M.A., PLPC

(Supervised by Marsha Y. Bradford  – Lic # 2006035380)

I work with adult and adolescent individuals, couples and families. I specialize in life-coaching, women's issues, parenting, and relationship / marriage counseling. I believe that a healthy relationship is one in which you understand and acknowledge the needs, desires, and boundaries of yourself and your partner. Communication is a learned skill, not something that we automatically know how to do. I help couples learn the tools for improved communication.​

LPC, NCC

Change is powerful. We all have the capacity to change, however many times people are overwhelmed by the unknown. I can help you get to the next stage. I believe that you have the resources and problem-solving skills to affect change. Through the use of collaborative questioning I can aid in discovering solutions to your concerns. I believe change is always occurring and relatively small changes can lead to large changes. My therapies, Narrative and Solution-Focused encourage positive thinking, for example what is working in your life, to establish therapeutic goals based on issues that are important.

MSW, LCSW

Adults often find themselves on a rollercoaster of changes and extreme life stressors that can make you feel as if your life is unraveling. My passion is working with clients to restore balance and happiness despite challenging life transitions. Contact me so we can work together to re-establish feelings of security, satisfaction, and fulfillment in your life.

I know that no single approach is right for everyone and I work with my clients to find a strengths-based and person-centered approach. I have been trained in a range of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Grief Counseling.

M.Ed., LPC

I became a counselor later in life after a long career as a computer programmer, technical writer, and user support (help desk). After years of being the family mediator, the bridge between the "geeks" and computer users, and the person everyone "spilled their guts" to, I decided to follow my natural instincts and changed careers.

 

My approach is solution-focused and person-centered (genuineness, unconditional positive regard for the client, and accurate empathy). My desire is to help people learn how to use their strengths to cope with the road-bumps and brick walls of life and move on toward greater fulfillment/enjoyment.

M.A., LPC

Kate believes counseling and therapy are pathways to change. Everyone is different and all sessions are individualized, based on the client’s needs and goals.

 

Since 2004, Kate has worked with a state agency to assist people with disabilities find and maintain employment opportunities. She supports teens and adults with varying degrees of hearing loss as well as other mental health, cognitive and physical disabilities. She is fluent in American Sign Language.

M.Ed., PLPC

(Supervised by Marsha Y. Bradford  – Lic # 2006035380)

Life is full of unknowns and when life throws you a curve ball it can be hard to handle. I believe that counseling is a safe place to help guide you through those curve balls. I believe having an open place to foster growth, as an individual is the greatest gift of counseling.  My ultimate goal as a counselor is to help you be able to be your best self and to thrive in your future.

M.Ed., LPC, NCC

Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in private practice for over 8 years. She enjoys working with all ages and utilizes various techniques to help clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, stress, marriage/family/parenting difficulties, and behavioral issues.

 

Education and therapeutic guidance are shared in a positive and supportive way to build trust and assist with change. Her main focus is to provide an accepting and safe environment so each person can find a path to healing and mental health balance.

MSW, LCSW, RPT

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. Play Therapy provides a natural way for children to express their thoughts and feelings to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Through play, children can communicate in ways that are appropriate to their development.

 

I believe that all children have the power to heal themselves. I feel honored to be a witness to children's growth and know that it cannot be rushed. My philosophy is that all children are resilient, and with the support of a healthy environment, they will grow to their full potential. Children are the experts on themselves and their parents are the experts on their children, so my role is to be an ally in the therapeutic process.

LMSW, MSW, RPT, RYT-200

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. Play Therapy provides a natural way for children to express their thoughts and feelings to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Through play, children can communicate in ways that are appropriate to their development.

 

I believe that all children have the power to heal themselves. I feel honored to be a witness to children's growth and know that it cannot be rushed. My philosophy is that all children are resilient, and with the support of a healthy environment, they will grow to their full potential. Children are the experts on themselves and their parents are the experts on their children, so my role is to be an ally in the therapeutic process.

I invite you to take the next step in your unique journey toward wholeness and healing! I believe that choosing therapy is a sign of hope and empowerment and that my role is to help you access your innate capacity to heal and thrive. I am an integrative therapist working from a compassionate, holistic, strength-based perspective. You will be provided a safe, non-judgmental space where your needs and challenges can be understood and addressed.

 

I have experience working with individuals who have faced a variety of concerns, ranging from everyday life stressors, to in-depth trauma, grief, and mental health challenges.

Are you feeling stuck? Let me help you find your inner strength to get through your issues and come out on the other side with a better understanding of yourself and more ways of coping with your daily struggles.

We all have the strength and capabilities of attaining what we want out of life, but to get there we may need better perspective, more patience, and useful coping skills. I am one who believes in the strength found within each of us.  I enjoy helping others find their own true happiness in life. 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing? I am also fluent in Sign Language and work directly with deaf and hard of hearing clients and family members without the need for an interpreter.

I would love to work with you!

As a counseling student, I am invested in the importance of helping people achieve mental wellness, healthy coping strategies, and steps towards building a meaningful life. I will commit to serving as a helper and guide for clients who are facing struggles, feeling lost, or simply want to maintain a positive lifestyle.

 

I have ten years of experience working with children and families in a pediatric hospital setting, allowing me to truly see the importance of relationships. I believe that true change occurs within relationships and not solely within the individual.

 

I will work with individuals, couples, and families.

Counseling Interns

MSW, LMSW, RYT

Art Instructors

From an early age, Nicole has been interested in art, especially working with fibers. She learned to knit 25 years ago and has been weaving and dyeing cloth for the last 16 years. She loves to experiment with new techniques and learn different ways to incorporate her extensive knowledge of fibers.

Nicole's passion is sharing the things she loves with her students, and she can often be found over a dyepot, stitching shibori, weaving at the loom, or knitting socks. She believes in the meditative qualities of fiber work and drawing as well as the benefits of personal expression through visual media.

Nicole completed a K-12 Art Education certification and holds a BFA in fibers from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also holds an MFA in Fibers and a minor in Printmaking from University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Nicole currently teaches art classes at Lindenwood University and several other locations throughout the St Louis area.

 
Adult Educators
 
Adult Educators

I have a Master's degree from St. Louis University in Political Science.  I have taught high school for 40 years teaching courses in Advanced Placement American Government, American History, Modern European History.  In addition, I started teaching film classes on "film noir" and the American Western, 2 wonderful genres. 

 

I currently teach classes at LifeLong Learning Institute at Washington University. I love teaching courses on the political process. I am also working on  courses about Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Joe McCarthy  and the "1950's"!!

 

I also volunteer my time at the St. Louis County Jail, helping inmates prepare for the G.E.D. test.

Chiropractic

Dr. Nikki began her career working with children in hospitals as a Child Life Specialist. After a few years of working with some outstanding doctors, she began to think about becoming a physician herself. Soon enough, Nikki found chiropractic and fell in love. 

 

Dr. Nikki believes that the body has the power to heal itself when given the proper tools, and that regular chiropractic care is one of the greatest tools available to us to keep our nervous system (and therefore organs, hormones, and immune system) functioning optimally.

 

Dr. Nikki graduated from Logan University in 2016 with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, and also holds two Bachelor degrees in Child Development and in Human Biology. 

 
Dietary & Nutritional Counseling

A proud member of Diversified Health and Wellness Center

Owner, RDbyyourside Nutrition, LLC

Liz is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Nutrition from Murray State University.

She has a broad range of experiences in nutrition counseling, consulting, group education, and writing.  Liz has worked with patients of all ages—from newborn to 100—in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, the Women Infants and Children Program, and outpatient nutrition programs.

Since 2011, Liz has focused on building a practice in which she helps clients achieve their health and wellness goals by loving healthy food and making realistic lifestyle changes designed to last a lifetime. She helps clients with general health and wellness, weight management, nutrition during pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Diana is a registered dietitian who joined RDbyyourside in the fall of 2017. She is a recent transplant to St. Louis, having spent most of her career in the New York City metro area.

 

Nutrition is a second career for Diana. She studied journalism in her undergraduate program at New York University and went on to work for a handful of NYC-based publications prior to realizing her passion for nutrition and studying to become an RD. Many of the skills Diana developed as a journalist now inform her work in nutrition counseling, especially asking thoughtful questions and relying on evidenced-based information.

 
 
Fitness Instructors
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Health Coaches

Amanda LaPlante, MA, INHC, struggled with multiple autoimmune diseases for two decades.  After realizing the power of nutrition and a holistic approach to health, Amanda dropped over a dozen medications, lost 46 pounds and took back her life.  She is driven by a desire to help others reclaim their health and feel their best.  Amanda is certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She has a Master of Arts degree in Communication.  She offers individual and group coaching sessions.  She also teaches meditation and breathing techniques. 

Amanda is available for speaking engagements and to teach classes.  She is also the host of a radio show on KWRH-LP 92.9 FM.  She's on a mission to spread the word about the powerful effects food, lifestyle, and mindset can have on our health, as well as the benefits of a holistic approach and the importance of prevention. 

 

Kelly graduated from The Healing Arts Center in May of 2006 and has been Licensed Massage Therapist for the past 11 years.

 

She was trained in Swedish Massage, Reiki, and Pranic Healing. Her practice consists of an integrated Swedish Massage that relaxes and unwinds both the muscles and the mind. She was originally drawn to massage because of a strong desire to help people and believes that touch can truly be healing. Sometimes one is not always aware of the weight they are  carrying until they begin to feel their muscles relax under the healing touch oaf a massage therapist.

 

As a massage therapist Kelly finds no greater joy then a satisfied client telling her how wonderful they feel after their massage, and she is  reminded constantly why she loves this profession so much. Kelly strives to build a strong relationship with her clients and is always looking for client feedback.  ​

Massage Therapists
 
Naturopathic Medicine

Dr Jones obtained her medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She has over 20 years of experience helping people optimize health naturally. She brings a medical perspective along with a holistic point of view, seeing a person as mind, body, and spirit rather than just lab values and symptoms. She provides research based and time tested approaches to improve quality of life for clients with ailments such as cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders, autoimmunity, hormone imbalances, depression, anxiety, pain, and more. She provides personalized naturopathic care in her hometown of Webster Groves for all ages, in a space free of judgment.

 

Services:

Holistic Health Consultation

Live Blood Analysis

Clinical Nutrition

Botanical Medicine

Kinesiotaping

Pain Management/Scenar

 
Yoga Instructors

Hi my name is Rachel Fredrick! I received my 200 hr Vinyasa yoga training from Yoga Six in St. Louis earlier this year. I started practicing yoga after a sports injury and I've been practicing ever since for about 6 years. I decided to receive my yoga training because I wanted to dive deeper into my personal practice and share yoga with others. Yoga has become my creative outlet of self expression and I really enjoy coming up with new sequences. I fell in love with yoga because there is always something new to explore in every practice and every practice is unique to the individual no matter what setting.

 

Martin is an RYT-200 and ACE certified personal trainer. On a friend's recommendation, he started taking yoga classes and found it complemented the running and weight training he was already doing. He credits yoga with eliminating the lower back pain he dealt with for several years and for showing him how to quiet his mind and de-stress his life. He enjoyed his time on the yoga mat so much, he decided he wanted to share his passion for it with others and became a registered yoga teacher.  

 

Martin is a father of two young boys, avid outdoorsman. He is very excited to share his passion for yoga with you.

Clare Brady is a third year medical student and RYT-200 yoga teacher born and raised in Webster Groves.

 

She found Bikram yoga after college as a way to balance distance running, but ended up falling in love with Vinyasa flows for their grace and challenge. For Clare, yoga is just as much about the mental benefits as the physical.

 

Clare hopes to practice functional based primary care after finishing her medical training. In her spare time, she loves all forms of exercise, online shopping, wine with friends, and way too much Netflix.

You can follow along through her blog at www.fitting-it-all-in.com

Makenna Perkal began her journey with yoga at Webster's Conservatory of the Theatre Arts as a part of her acting curriculum in 2013. She immediately fell in love with the physical and spiritual healing qualities of the practice. In her short time studying yoga, she has focused her energy in learning new ways to apply yogic principles to her everyday life in order to slow and relax her mind. Balance has been the main focus of her studies and she strives to constantly find new ways to improve herself as a being in and out of her practice.

 

In 2015, Makenna became a RYT 200 certified trainer through the Wanderlust Teacher Training program in Austin, TX.  Makenna is an ambassador for Wanderlust Yoga Festivals which brings mindfulness world wide through music, practice and seminars.

Christa Stauder, E-RYT 200, LCCE, CLC, CD (DONA), found yoga eight years ago. After practicing for two years and experiencing the healing power of yoga first hand, Christa decided to pursue teaching. In 2011, she completed her training with Pam Schulte at Just Practice Yoga and obtained a prenatal/postnatal certification.

 

Christa has found a passion for empowering and helping women and couples through pregnancy and the postpartum days. She is committed to providing women with knowledge, confidence, and a sense of community support as they embark on the journey of pregnancy, birth and starting a family.

Ann began her yoga practice 14 years ago, while living in NYC for a Graphic Design internship. After feeling the immediate effects of this hard-working city, Ann took advantage of her free membership at Crunch Fitness (where she was interning), and tried out this “yoga” thing. The shift in Ann's physical, mental and spiritual body were so significant that she immediately fell in love with the practice, and has been hooked ever since. Ann's spark to become a Yoga instructor began after practicing with some very inspirational teachers at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA. Ann seized the opportunity to take the leap in January 2017 through Urban Breath Yoga to finally make her dreams become a reality.

 

When Ann is not practicing Yoga, you’ll probably find her hiking, taking photographs or chasing her two young boys around, usually with a camera in her hand. She is so excited to share her yoga practice with you!

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