Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois Therapists and Counselors:

Robin L Dalske, PsyD

Dr Dalske

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” - James Keller

My understanding of the therapy process is that of two or more people joining their resources to create change, to decrease suffering, and improve their lives.  It is not the therapist that fixes a client, but it’s a joining of the minds to create change together. I am honored to be a part of that change process.  If the solution was simple or obvious, the client would have already done it.  It is my job, at times, to help them see things from another perspective, provide understanding, share information, and introduce resources to better cope with a situation.

Dr. Robin L. Dalske Graduated from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Robin uses specialty focus tools in Couple’s and Family therapy, Assessment, and Multicultural Issues. Previous studies and degrees were from the University of Missouri, St Louis, where she returned for her Postdoctoral Residency.  She has a previous registration from her work in Sleep Disorders at WashU in St Louis. Robin has served as Adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri and Lindenwood University.  Robin was Director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at Belleville Memorial Hospital. She served for more than two years as a provider with the National Health Service Corps Organizations in St Louis, providing therapy, assessment, parenting, and anger management classes. She has most recently provided therapy with members of the military at Scott Air Force Base. 

Robin works with individuals, couples, and families.  Robin’s primary interest is in helping members of families understand one another’s perspective and work together to respect and meet each family member’s needs to help strengthen their bond.  Robin utilizes both Cognitive Behavioral and System’s theory approach.  She uses mindfulness and relaxation, (DBT-informed) self-awareness for a variety of difficulties ranging from stress management, anxiety or panic, chronic pain, trauma, sleep problems, and attention concerns.


Marjorie LaRico, LCPC

Marjorie LaRico“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.” Epicietus, 1st Century A.D.

Listening is almost becoming a lost art. It is the most important skill any counselor possesses. I have come to believe that finely attuned listening allows the client to feel safe and understood. This relationship develops between the client who talks, and the counselor who listens, and can be therapeutic of itself. It can also lead to a greater sense of self and well-being, freeing up energy that was devoted to managing symptoms and problematic behaviors before. Special attention to dreams and helping clients understand their dreams also facilitates a great self-awareness, and clients usually enjoy this process.

Marjorie graduated from University of Missouri-St Louis with a Masters of Education in Counseling. She also attended the St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute where she received a two year post graduate certificate in Adult Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. Marjorie practices Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems, Depth Psychology, and is qualified to provide short-term or long-term psychotherapy.

Marjorie works with adult individuals and couples with specialization in women’s issues, codependency, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, personal empowerment, stress management, relationship issues, and life cycle issues (i.e. retirement, health, aging).
Marjorie’s past professional experience includes Belleville Memorial Hospital, Magdala Foundation, and Carpenter Recovery Center (as a chemical dependency counselor).

Justine Livesay, LCPC, CCCJC, MAC

Justine Livesay“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” William Jones

I have a diverse background working with various age groups and have spent the last 15 years working with children and adolescents within a residential and outpatient setting. I enjoy working with children of all ages and challenges. I have a background providing behavioral healthcare services to juvenile sex offenders. Part of my training includes victimization counseling for children, adolescents and their families. In addition, I hold certifications as a Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist and Master’s Addiction Counseling Certification. I have spent several years working with juvenile justice personnel in various counties and have also worked with parole agents from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Goals I have for my clients are based in my counseling philosophy which is to assist individuals in helping themselves and utilize the strengths they possess in order to achieve change and personal growth.

Justine graduated with her Master of Arts degree from St Louis University in Human Development Counseling. She uses Cognitive Behavioral and Rational Emotive Therapies as well as Eclectic Therapy, drawing from other disciplines. Justine works with children, adolescents, and adults.

Justine’s past professional experience include working for Barnes Jewish Hospital (adolescent psychiatry and chemical dependency) and the Children’s Center for Behavioral Development.

Kati Michalas, MA, LPC
(under the supervision of Ken Kubicek, PhD, LCPC (LIC# 180.002041)

Kati Michalas
“Healing does not mean the damage never existed. It means the effects of the damage no longer control our lives.” Earnie Larsen

My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing from several different disciplines: Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Rational Emotive, Existential, Interpersonal, and Motivational Interviewing. I use the therapy that I think will be best suited for you and your current life situation.

My personal belief is that when situations in life are thrown at us we can ignore them or try to accept and work through them. Each thing we go through in life impacts who we are as a person. We can either let them make us bitter or make us better. My goal for clients is to help you on your journey by providing tools, education, and support so you can find positive solutions to your problems by creating a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by demonstrating unconditional positive regard.

Kati is a 2013 Lindenwood University-Belleville’s School of Counseling graduate. She is currently working towards professional licensure, and is certified in Prepare/Enrich couple counseling. Kati’s experience in mental health ranges from acute, inpatient care, to intensive outpatient treatment. She has worked with LGBT, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and other diagnoses. Kati’s past professional experience includes working for McCallum Place (Eating Disorder Treatment Center) and St Anthony’s Hyland Behavioral Health (both inpatient and intensive outpatient programs).


Kelsey Quade, MA, LCPC, NCC

Kati Michalas
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” –Sigmund Freud

My belief is that it is the ultimate duty and role of the counselor to help the client learn to help himself. Every individual possesses a unique set of skills and base of knowledge stemming from his or her life experiences and personality. People are often more resilient and capable of change than they realize, and it is my goal to help clients identify personal strengths, learn new skills, and create meaning, peace, healing, and change.

Kelsey graduated from McKendree University with a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling, and she is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She serves adolescents, children, adults, and families and utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral, rational emotive, and person-centered. She has worked primarily with adolescents and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has served teens who have experienced grief and loss, neglect, abuse, and trauma, and she is trained in the SPARCS therapeutic technique, which focuses on the physical and emotional effects of trauma and chronic stress in adolescents by teaching mindfulness and self-regulating skills.

Kelsey has worked with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, anger, and stress to help them learn to modify behaviors and learn healthy coping strategies, improve anger management skills, increase stress tolerance, cope with grief and loss, and improve interpersonal and self-care strategies. Her past professional experience includes direct care and therapy at United Methodist Children’s Home in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and most recently Catholic Family Services in St. Louis, Missouri.


Julia Ruckman, LCSW

Kati Michalas

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor E. Frankl

Each of us is faced with a unique journey – a journey that sometimes presents difficult challenges and unexpected obstacles.  At times it can be difficult to face this journey alone, or we might feel as though the support of family and friends is not enough.  Therapy can be an avenue to address the challenges in life that sometimes seem unmanageable. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship, based on genuine acceptance and unconditional positive regard, can be the avenue for change to occur. My strengths as a therapist are my ability to actively listen, remain nonjudgmental, and empathize with others.  I hope to empower the individuals that I work with to make lasting, positive personal changes that will ultimately lead to more fulfilling, productive lives.

Julia earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University. Julia uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Humanistic approaches, Mindfulness techniques, and the Strengths Perspective. Julia has experience working with a variety of different populations and ages, including adults with chronic mental illness and youth with a history of trauma/abuse.  Julia also has skills working families and older adults and treating depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD and behavior disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. Other areas of interest include self-esteem, grief and loss, life cycle transitions, and relationships.

Julia’s past work professional experience includes working for Chestnut Health Systems, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in specialized foster care (as a Child and Adolescent Therapist), and most recently, Human Support Services (as a Therapist and Clinical Director). 


Mistie Tennant, MAPC
Under the supervision of Justine LIvesay, LCPC (LIC# 180.002674)

Kati Michalas

“Life can show up no other way than that way in which you perceive it.” –Neale Donald Walsch

Life sometimes gives us situations that test us to the edge of our coping, it’s how we respond to these situations that help to shape us into who we are and who we become. I am very much client-centered in my approach to therapy. The client drives the session and has control of what the session is about. I sometimes assign homework to help constant reinforcement of skills learned. My goal for clients is to help them learn different coping mechanisms to utilize during stressful times in their life. I also strive to help clients learn to see things in a different light and find the positive in everyday life.

Mistie has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University-Belleville and has a bachelor of science in psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Mistie works with adolescents (12 and up) and adults. Mistie utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques including person-centered, solution focused, cognitive-behavioral, and Gestalt therapies.

Mistie is a 2015 graduate of Lindenwood University-Belleville’s School of Counseling graduate, is currently working towards professional licensure. Mistie has experience working with families, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Mistie has experience working with a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and more.


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