David Sanderson, Manager
Jennifer Allen, Assistant Manager
Family Life Counseling
And Psychological Services, LLC
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and work with children and adolescents age (3-17) and their parents/caregivers. Being a parent is always a blessing and can be very difficult at times. Both children and adults experience ups and downs in life. As adults, we can talk about our troubles, goals, etc. Children process their feelings and learn about their world through play. When working with young children, I utilize play therapy techniques to give them the opportunity to express their feelings, process traumatic events, and gain self-confidence. Play therapy can assist children struggling with anxiety, anger, grief and loss, trauma, ADHD, school problems, self-esteem issues, peer relations, and more. When working with teenagers, I use a variety of techniques to create a safe and open environment where they are free to express their emotions while building their self-esteem and instilling confidence towards meeting their goals. Whenever I work with children and adolescents, it is imperative that I partner with their parent(s)/caregiver(s) to create effective and lasting change. As a wife and mother, I’m very passionate about helping families strengthen their relationship with one another.
I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I started my career working for St. Louis County Children’s Division as a specialized case manager working with youth in foster care ages 14-20. In 2018, I began working at Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition for Project SOAR (Stepping Out After Residential). There I work with foster and adoptive children placed in residential facilities to help place them in less restrictive environments. I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and am Trained in Adoption Competency (TAC) through The Center for Adoption Support and Education. I am currently under supervision to be a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
Foster and adoptive children and their families present with very unique experiences and require a much different therapeutic experience than children in intact families. Often they have lacked mental health services where they have felt truly understood. My job is to help you feel like you are not alone and that together we can create a more secure and loving bond between you and your foster or adoptive child.