CREVE COEUR COMMUNITY COUNSELING

$25*

*per 50-minute session
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Meet our Interns
Hope Missey-Wodarczyk

Hope Missey-Wodarczyk

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: (314) 991-0100 Ext. 714
Email: hwodarczyk@cccastl.com
Session Format(s): In Person & Virtual
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Meet Hope

I am a Gen-Xer, born in 1968, to a hippie and a cop. I am the oldest child, of an oldest child and a youngest child. I grew up in a small, rural, college town that is very near Scott Air Force Base.  My hometown evolved as I grew up into a bedroom community for the City of St. Louis.  I recognize now that this afforded me some unique experiences and uncommon exposure to people from different cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and a diverse and often transient community.  

My professional path has been anything but linear. I have worked in retail, waited tables, worked for an investment broker, in a law firm, I have a BSW from SIUE, and I have worked as a case manager for Head Start and in foster care.  Approximately 5 years ago I changed direction.  

The struggle is real!  I see you and the challenges with which you are faced.  Minority stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship struggles.  None of us make it through this existence unscathed.  You are not broken. I am here to create a safe space for you to be and for you to explore your potential.  Change is inevitable and guiding the change that happens within yourself can be scary, but you are not alone.  I see you and am here to walk with you towards your goals.  Self-awareness and self-discovery are, in my opinion, key to growing into the best most authentic version of yourself. 

Nicole Graham

Nicole Graham

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: (314) 991-0100 Ext. 713
Email: ngraham@cccastl.com
Session Format(s): In Person & Virtual
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Meet Nicole

Showing up as your authentic self in the world can be scary. Will I be accepted? Why am I the way that I am? What are these feelings I’m experiencing, and can I trust them? I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore and process all of these questions and more. 

As a graduate intern counselor, I believe that you are the expert on the story you’re writing. I am simply here to come alongside you in your journey to grow and heal – to support you, to collaborate with you, sometimes to laugh or cuss or cry with you (sometimes all at the same time!). I take a person-centered approach to tailor or work to your specific needs.  

We might be a good fit if you’re feeling stuck or as if you’re going through the motions, feeling anxious or depressed about everyday life, identify as LGBTQ+ and want support in your identity or relationships, or if you’re ready to start healing from past trauma. 

Katelyn Sansone

Katelyn Sansone

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: (314) 991-0100 Ext. 717
Email: ksansone@cccastl.com
Session Format(s): In Person & Virtual
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Meet Katelyn

Therapy can be really intimidating. A lot of us are afraid to show the raw, authentic versions of ourselves to people close in our lives, let alone a complete stranger. As a past skeptic of therapy, I am completely attuned to this feeling and aim to provide a warm, validating space for all to share personal perspectives. I like to approach therapy with a bit of humor – I feel like a little laughter and a smile can go a long way!

I focus mainly on the functioning of couples and families, including anxiety/depression, stress, intimacy issues, LGBTQIA+ experiences, multigenerational trauma, family dynamics, and much more. I’ve worked with couples encountering stress during the pandemic, LGBTQIA+ families, and aging adults with memory loss.

No one knows your pain and experiences better than you do. I like to provide a therapeutic perspective incorporating an individual, couple, and/or family’s strengths to find what works for them to increase resiliency in any situation. Book with me today to strengthen bonds and learn how to love from the inside out!

Jean Ricks-Ayer

Jean Ricks-Ayer

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: (314) 991-0100 Ext. 705
Email: jayer@cccastl.com
Session Format(s): In Person & Virtual
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Meet Jean

Let’s face it, life is hard. Feelings and emotions can be hard. Working to understand why we are the way we are, why we respond the way we do, and how we are to honor our true identity authentically, is HARD. 

I have a passion for identity work, for self-acceptance, and working with individuals to navigate their personal journey with love, compassion, and understanding of self and others. I would love to help YOU navigate your personal journey with more clarity, self-awareness, and confidence while helping you to understand why things feel so… hard.

In addition to empowering others to live and experience their most authentic life, I am most passionate about facilitating healing. More specifically, helping individuals safely explore their traumatic lived experiences and complex trauma to better understand triggers, responses, and the function of maladaptive coping including addiction, eating disorders, and self-harm.

Working from a person-centered base, I work with each client to individually tailor their therapeutic needs based on lived experiences, and goals while taking into consideration fears, salient identity parts, and mindset. As well, to discover healthy ways to cope and heal.

By navigating the past to understand the present, and set goals for the future, I’m confident that I can help you walk the path to a more present, confident self. If you’re ready for exploration of self to achieve a different, more authentic outcome, reach out! I’d love to work with you.

HOLLY SHIELS

HOLLY SHIELS

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: (314) 991-0100 Ext. 704
Email: hshiels@cccastl.com
Session Format(s): In-Person & Virtual
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Meet Holly
Being vulnerable and sharing your whole self can be scary. You have things that you’ve kept hidden from others around you – locked away because you are worried that you are broken or weird, and you’re fearful of how you will be judged. Or, you have felt invalidated and have internalized beliefs about yourself from past experiences and even from those closest to you. The problem is, even when you are great at hiding it, these things slowly but surely permeate your life from the inside out. Past traumas, anxieties, self-doubt, identity questions, and unhelpful communication patterns can leave you feeling stuck, overwhelmed or depleted.

But they don’t have to. You can embrace these parts of yourself that have been locked away and live an authentic, resonant life. Imagine what it would be like to be true to yourself; where you are able to assert your boundaries, cultivate compassion, make decisions in line with your values AND have fulfilling relationships that support, nourish, and inspire you.

Therapy can be the place to explore these parts of yourself and a non-judgmental space for you to reflect on what matters most. Whether you want to improve your relationship(s) or other aspects of your life, I will collaborate with you to create and deepen connections with yourself and others. And good news, in addition to virtual, I am now offering in-person sessions for evening and weekend hours! Click on the link below to conveniently schedule your initial appointment today.

Chris Eschenbrenner

Chris Eschenbrenner

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: (314) 991-0100 Ext. 703
Email: ceschenbrenner@cccastl.com
Session Format(s): In-Person & Virtual
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Meet Chris

Are you often weighed down by feelings of anxiety?  Are you experiencing periods of depression and lack of clarity in your life?  Are you looking to create a life worth living?  Are you wondering “How did I get here? And where do I go from here?”

Everyone can experience times of crisis and questioning their lives. You don’t have to go through it alone. It is a sign of strength and courage to reach out for support during those times in our lives.

I strive to create a warm and welcoming environment for the clients I serve to promote a safe place for healing by utilizing a strengths-based, person-centered approach.  It is my belief that we all deserve and are capable of living a life filled with meaning, purpose, and joy.  By creating a space to safely process without judgment, and nurturing the courage to be imperfect, we can collaboratively work to reach your short term and long term goals.

My experience includes working with those in crisis as well as working within a mind, body, and spirit approach to improve an individual’s quality of life to create a life worth living. I really look forward to meeting you and taking this journey of self-exploration and growth with you.

“Follow your bliss.  If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.  If you do follow your bliss, doors will open that wouldn’t have been there for anyone else. ”  – Joseph Campbell

Jake Bava

Jake Bava

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Session Format(s): TBD
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Accepting Clients Beginning 8/23

Meet Jake
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of life can get in the way of making time for yourself. Sometimes you can feel so overwhelmed by your emotions that you freeze up, cry, or lash out at those around you. Sometimes the thing we need most in life is to be heard and understood. My goal as your therapist is to provide a safe, judgment-free space where your well-being is my top priority.
I am passionate about helping you explore your personal identity in pursuit of compassionate self-acceptance. Learning how different parts of yourself influence who you are is a challenging process, but the rewards are worth it. I want to help you learn how to navigate life with the self-love, clarity, and serenity that you deserve.
On top of helping you better understand who you are, I’m also interested in providing a space for wounds new and old to heal. My office is a place for you to talk about and work through challenging life experiences as well as complex traumas. By talking through these moments and authentically feeling your emotions in a way that best suits you, healing can be achieved.
I have experience working with depression and anxiety as well as addictions, eating disorders, and complex trauma. Through the use of a Person-Centered approach, you and I will work together to create goals that suits your wants and needs. When you feel ready to embrace yourself for who you are and love what you find, reach out! I would love to talk to you.
Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone:  TBD
Email: TBD
Session Format(s): TBD
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Accepting Clients Beginning 8/23

Meet Ashley
Ashley has worked in the field of mental health for the last 6 years and has extensive experience with individuals experiencing varying degrees of mental health needs. Ashley believes that the road to healing can be isolating and considers counseling to be a partnership.
Ashley is a new mom and has a special interest in working with women that are facing infertility, prenatal concerns, postpartum depression, the “baby blues,” or general caregiver burnout. Additionally, Ashley has a Minor Certificate in Gerontology and is passionate about working with individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Ashley embraces diversity and welcomes clients of all faith, race, nationality, gender, and sexual identity backgrounds. Ashley also welcomes clients of Christian faith that would like to receive Christian-based counseling.
Michelle Covert

Michelle Covert

GRADUATE COUNSELING INTERN

Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Session Format(s): TBD
Session Type(s): Individual, Couples, Family

Accepting Clients Beginning 8/23

Meet Michelle

Life can be hard…ever feel like you want a place to talk through your hurt, struggles, and hardships? As your counselor, I offer a warm, friendly atmosphere and my favorite thing to do is make people feel comfortable and at ease. We can process things together through laughter and tears knowing you have a safe place to share your heart weekly. I have a person-centered approach as well as utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and specialize interest in addressing stress, trauma, as well as anxiety and depression. An understanding that relationships are a big part of life and have a direct effect on each individual’s life is important, which is why I am also here to work through toxic relationships, as well as religious/spiritual abuse and hurts, as well as everyday relationship struggles. I enjoy helping clients process through relationship difficulties whether it be romantic, friendships, or family as well as those who identify in the LGBTQ+ community (including those who are questioning or those who are processing when they would like to come out or choose not to be labeled). Offering a multicultural approach to counseling is important to me, as well as I like my clients to feel free to share their religion and spirituality in counseling if they choose as I realize this is important to many and a part of their life. Please know you have a space to just be comfortably yourself. I look forward to coming along with you in this part of your journey as you invest in yourself through counseling each week.

Creve Coeur Community Counseling is staffed by graduate counseling interns in the final semesters of their graduate counseling programs at local universities. They are under the supervision of licensed professionals Shelley Wolfmeyer, LPC, and Sara Farrell, LPC.
Our interns work closely with their supervisors and other staff to give clients the best care possible.

Our interns are currently offering both virtual and in-person counseling sessions. In-person sessions are subject to compliance with current local public health orders/mandates etc.