Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois Therapists and Counselors:
Robin L Dalske, PsyD
“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
“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
“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, LCPC
“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
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” –Sigmund Freud
My belief is that the ultimate duty and role of the counselor is to help the client learn to help him or herself. 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.
Stefanie R. Johnson, LCPC
“Life is not about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw
“Although the world if 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 over 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 evidence 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’s past professional experience includes both private practice and community mental health; working with families, adolescences, 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 Heidelberg, Germany.
Stefanie works with adults, older adolescents, individuals, couples, military and military family issues, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
Mistie Tennant, MAPC
Under the supervision of Justine LIvesay, LCPC (LIC# 180.002674)
“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 adolescents, adults, and recovering addicts. Mistie has experience working with a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and more.
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