Psychiatric Services of Southern Illinois Therapists and Counselors:
Beverley Watkins, PhD, LCSW, MSW
“Laughter is great medicine.”
I’m very committed to working with and on the behalf of my clients. I am a warm, supportive, and patient therapist. I have worked with a wide variety of populations. I am interested in mental health advocacy and serve on the board of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a youth empowerment advocate. Advocacy can be an important tool for people in mental health and addiction recovery. Goals I have for my clients are to work collaboratively with them to resolve problems and obstacle to live their best lives.
Beverley graduated with her PhD in Social Work from St Louis University and her Masters of Social Work with an emphasis on Mental Health from University of Southern Mississippi. She uses cognitive behavioral, rational emotive, behavioral, DBT informed therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Acceptance and Commitment therapies. Beverley works with adults, older adults, children, adolescents, and infants.
Beverley’s past professional experience includes working for Chestnut Mental Health Systems (as the Director of Chemical Dependency Services and Mental Health Division Director), Bond County Health Department, and she has spent 20 years in private practice.
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, MA, LPC
“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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