You’re looking for the perfect counselor for exactly what you’re going through, and there are many talented counselors in St. Louis doing things many (many!) different ways. I know “shopping” for the right fit can be daunting, so I have included as much information here as I can to help you make that decision. My main advice in choosing someone is simply to trust your gut, and try not to overthink it too much. Anxiety will have you wringing your hands over a decision that your intuition already made. Listen to your intuition and allow it to guide you.
It is important to note that as of March 2020, my sessions are 100% virtual using Zoom. I do not intend to return to in-person sessions until it is safe to do so. My office is in downtown Kirkwood as of 2021.
However, for now, since sessions will be virtual and I am licensed to practice in both Missouri and Illinois, anyone in either state is welcome to schedule sessions with me. If you are not in St Louis and we begin to work together, don’t worry because we can just continue to meet virtually post-pandemic. I intend to keep Zoom sessions as an option indefinitely, since many people prefer them.
You may have never tried online counseling before, and so perhaps you think it won’t be as good. I thought the same thing when I made the switch and I was not happy about it at first. However, now that I’m used to it, I actually really like it. The benefits are that you don’t have to spend time driving to my office, you don’t have to wear shoes, you can eat snacks during sessions, and you can meet with me from anywhere! People get on their sessions from their couch, beds, cars, and sometimes while they walk in the park or sit in their garden.
Anywhere you can get a good signal is fine with me. So in many ways, it’s a lot more flexible than in-person sessions. I haven’t worn shoes to work since March, and I really like that part. I do miss meeting people in person, but this is not a bad substitute while it’s what we’ve got. Don’t be afraid to try it. It’s different, but it’s not bad.
Anyway, regardless of whether I’m the right person for you to work with or not, thank you for visiting my website! Please feel free to email me with any questions that are not answered here.
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”