Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hello I'm Joan (She/Her) and I am so glad we have connected. Deciding to begin therapy is a step toward building a healthy lifestyle that will help you flourish. The ability to seek change and growth throughout our lives is a powerful quality I have been grateful to witness in many resilient people. It would be an honor to join you as you explore new ways to grow.
After majoring in Psychology at the University of Missouri, St Louis, I went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree at St Louis University. I have been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 2008 in Missouri (license # 200834490) and 2019 in Oregon (license #L7999). I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider and I have obtained specialized training in CBT-I for Insomnia.
I serve adults with various mental health concerns and have a special interest in supporting people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and those who are affected by chronic illness, pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Flourish Therapy Services, LLC thrives to be a culturally sensitive and supportive space where you will be challenged to move through discomfort, beyond survival to thriving.
What to Expect
Beginning therapy is an important step in building a healthy foundation for improving your mental health and moving towards a more balanced, expansive and fulfilling life. Often life events and personal stress can lead us to a point of despair, anxiety and pain, feeling that we have no control over the course of our lives or meaningful ways to cope. I hope to assist you with building a repertoire of skills that will increase your ability to explore and observe your thoughts, behaviors and feelings without judgment. This curiosity leads to an increasing awareness of yourself, your needs and solutions for difficult issues. I look forward to joining you on this path to improving your coping skills and thriving.
As you begin therapy you may feel uncertain about how to approach your problems and explore difficult emotions. It is a process that requires consistency, courage and curiosity. I will support you as you move through this process. I will help you identify your strengths, provide evidence based tools and strategies and work in partnership with you. You will create goals, objectives and a plan that will lead you to the sustainable improvements you seek in your life.
During your first appointment I will spend time getting to know you by asking questions about your day-to-day life and what issues you would like to address. We'll discuss what brings you to therapy now, how I can help you and what to expect from the process. You will have my respect and empathy as we assess your needs and determine whether I am the right person to support you in your growth. If you decide to continue with therapy, we will work together to set goals, consider strategies and monitor your progress. Should you decide that I am not the right therapist for you, I can provide referrals to other professionals.
My style as a therapist is warm, non-judgmental and supportive. I provide a space where you can feel comfortable to address your unique concerns, using a variety of treatment models tailored to your needs. I strive to maintain an anti-oppressive practice, welcoming clients of all identities and backgrounds. I can assist with various issues, including those related to HIV/AIDS, chronic illness, pain, insomnia/sleep issues, trauma, depression, anxiety and stress/burnout related to professional and personal caretaking.
I am an approved provider of LCSW Licensure Supervision for those seeking to improve their clinical skills. It has been a pleasure to supervise many social workers and I would love to work with you. Please contact me at 314-530-6500 to discuss the supervision process. I look forward to hearing from you.
Insurance & Fees
I am in-network with the following insurance companies:
Anthem MO (Blue Access, Blue Traditional and Blue Access Choice)
Fee = $175.00 initial session
$135.00 per session after initial session
Payment is due at time of service. I accept cash, check, credit card or HSA/FSA
If you have a different insurance carrier they may still cover some of the costs of therapy. To determine if your plan includes this benefit, you can call your insurance company and ask if you have coverage for " out of network" mental health services with an LCSW or Licensed Clinical Social Worker. If they say you do have coverage, you can ask what percentage of my fee they will reimburse. When using "out of network" coverage for therapy, you may still need to pay the full fee at each session, but I will provide you with all the documentation you need to submit a claim for reimbursement.
I would love to hear from you!
412 S. Clay
Kirkwood, MO 63122
My office is located off the parking lot in the back of the building and down the stairs.