Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois Therapists and Counselors:
Stefanie R. Johnson, LCPC
“Life is not about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
“Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of overcoming it.” Helen Keller
I take a holistic approach to mental health integrating physiology, cognitive, and emotional process in therapy work. I believe in the journey of life and the possibility of growth and healing for everyone. I especially enjoy working with members of the military and their families as I have been a military spouse of 24 years.
I graduated from Hampton University (Virginia) with a Masters of Art in Counseling. Psychotherapy is like any fine work a combination of “skill and creativity”. My skill set is based on evidenced based approaches: narratives, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I tailor my approach to clients’ goals and their individual needs.
Stefanie works with adults, older adolescents, individuals, couples, military and military family issues, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
Stefanie’s past professional experience includes both private practice and community mental health; working with families, adolescents, and adults. Before joining Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois (PSSI) Stefanie worked for the outpatient program at Belleville Memorial Hospital. Her other past experiences include working with court ordered perpetrators of domestic violence, serving as the Mentally Ill Offender Coordinator (in Thurston County, WA), and as a contractor for Family Advocacy for the Army Community Services in Heidlelberg, Germany.
Marjorie LaRico, LCPC
“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).
Patricia Mosbacher, LCSW, CSW
"Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable." RD Laing MD
I have a passion for helping people. My job as a therapist will be to help you find the source of your pan and then heal from it. I will not be judgmental. I will teach you ways to cope more effectively. We will take this journey together, but you will be the driving force. You will make the decisions on what we work on and how fast or slow we progress. My overall goal for clients is to help them lead a happier life, which is possible with efforts and at least a consideration for change on your part.
Patricia graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. She is an integrative therapist, blending elements of different therapeutic approaches and tailoring the treatment according to each client’s needs. She uses Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Schema and Ego State Therapies as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Patricia works with individuals experiencing (but not limited to) symptoms of depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, grief, and chronic stress.
Patricia’s past professional experience includes ADAPT Institutes of America (working with the elderly patients in nursing homes diagnosed with chronic mental illness) and Chester Mental Health Center (working with males in a forensic hospital diagnosed with chronic mental illness).
Justine Livesay, LCPC, NCC, CCCJC, MAC
“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
Under the supervision of Stefanie Johnson, LCPC (LIC# 180006694)
“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 a recent graduate of Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Graduate School of Counseling, 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 patients with 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).
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