Our Owners

Sara Allen,

Licensed Professional Counselor, co-owner

Sara Allen, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed by the state of Missouri and Illinois. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  Sara is an EMDR trained therapist.  She is also an approved supervisor through the state of Missouri.  

Sara started her career as a youth specialist and group leader for the Division of Youth Services. She then went on to work as a case manager for children in foster care through Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. Sara worked as a residential therapist for several years and also served as a counselor for juveniles in the St. Louis County detention center.

Sara enjoys helping others and places great importance on building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.

Dana L. Baker,

Licensed Professional Counselor, co-owner

Dana L. Baker, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed by the state of Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, licensed by the state of Illinois. Dana is on the Sex Offender Management Board in the state of Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling, both from Webster University.

Dana has worked with adults with severe mental illness and has done family therapy with clients in both residential and outpatient settings. She has worked with both juvenile and adult sex offenders providing offender specific treatment. Dana has worked with male adolescents with severe behavioral issues in a residential setting since 2006. She has worked in an outpatient family counseling center providing individual and family therapy.

Dana believes that through a strong alliance with clients they can learn that changing thought patterns will elicit changes in feelings and behaviors. Processing past traumas and experiences are key in helping clients gain an understanding of their faulty or negative thoughts, to help them achieve their goals.

Alexandria Boyer

Licensed Professional Counselor, co-owner

Alexandria Boyer, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed by the state of Missouri. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University. She is currently in the dissertation stage of her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Louis University.  She is also an approved supervisor through the state of Missouri.

Alex has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings, including; Creve Coeur Counseling Associates, Harris House, The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy, St. Louis County Family Courts and a long term residential treatment program.  She is also an EMDR trained therapist.

Alex places great emphasis on truly understanding each individual’s experience in order to form meaningful relationships in therapy. 

Our Team

Shannon Cooper-Sadlo, PhD

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dr. Shannon Cooper-Sadlo is a graduate of the Saint Louis University BSSW program, the University of Denver MSW program, and obtained her PhD in Family Therapy from Saint Louis University.  She has been in clinical practice with various populations for over 20 years and specialized in areas of couple/family therapy, substance use, co-occurring disorder, anxiety and depression. 

Michael DiBernardo,

Licensed Master Social Worker

Michael has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University and specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. He has treated behavior disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use disorders. Michael's therapeutic approaches are solution-oriented and he seeks to empower clients to identify, process, and overcome persistent challenges.

          Agnes Jos Elking, PhD

Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Agnes Jos Elking believes people have a human need to be heard, valued, and validated. Her approach means creating a safe, trusting, and accepting therapy environment. Agnes has worked in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings to provide individual, couple, family, and group counseling. Her experience in these various settings allows her to tailor therapies to meet the needs of each individual, couple, or family.

Agnes is especially skilled in working with families impacted by substance use. She holds a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Louis University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and member of the American Counseling Association.

Brooke Hogrefe,

Licensed Professional Counselor

Brooke believes empathy, authenticity, and unconditional acceptance are fundamental in building a therapeutic relationship. Brooke’s philosophy includes working with each person to find the best treatment modality to fit their unique needs. It is important to create a warm, safe environment in which a person feels they can be vulnerable and validated. All of these things are imperative in order to make room for healing and cultivate genuine connections. Brooke also strongly connects with the research on shame, vulnerability, and wholehearted living by Brene Brown.

Brooke is often accompanied by Cookie, her Advanced Helper Dog. Cookie is patient and loving, and brings a calming and therapeutic presence to the office setting.

Brooke has worked in a variety of settings such as residential treatment centers, in-home, in schools, and outpatient in a non-profit agency. She has worked with children and adolescents of all ages, families, and also enjoys working with adults. Some areas of interest include; trauma and PTSD, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, child-parent relationship issues, and gender identity and expression.

Brooke’s clinical training includes evidence based practices such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Client-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT). She also utilizes a combination of other techniques including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills such as Mindfulness. Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of Missouri, and her Master’s degree in Counseling and K-12 School Counseling certification from Missouri Baptist University.

Megan Klann,

Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor

Megan earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. She is currently working with her supervisor (Dana Baker) to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri.

Megan has worked with adults, adolescents, and younger children providing in home and in office mental health treatment for a large variety of mental health needs including depression, anxiety, behavior problems, trauma, etc. She has also worked with both adolescents and adults in sex offender specific treatment groups and individual sessions.

Megan emphasizes trust in the therapeutic relationship between her clients and herself. By having a trusting relationship with unconditional positive regard, clients can begin to work on changing their thoughts and feelings to help further their mental well-being.

Symphrosa Maingi,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Symphrosa is a graduate of George Warren Brown School of Social Work-Washington University in St Louis.

Her philosophy is grounded in the strengths based perspective which sees every client, no matter their circumstance as having assets they can draw upon, to help them overcome obstacles in their lives and achieve their best life possible. Her main strength is in building therapeutic alliance and celebrating diversity.

Symphrosa has served a wide range of populations across the life span. She has engaged with clients in the office as well as in community settings and has gained experience having worked in both rural and urban areas. Symphrosa has experience with Substance use disorders, chronic mental illness, foster care, trauma and grief and crises intervention. Currently, Symphrosa also works in the emergency and medical floors of all the area SSM hospitals.

Lee Richards,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lee Richards specializes in life transitions related to career counseling, grief, loss, and trauma. Lee has more than 30 years’ experience as a counselor.  She is a graduate of Washington University Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis Missouri where she earned her MSW.  She became a skilled trauma counselor and therapist while working as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) at Personal Assistance Services.  While working in this position she cared for the mental health of employees and their families experiencing death, divorce, job changes and any other stressors with negative impact. She went on to join the professional team of a large St. Louis hospice, Mercy Hospice, providing counseling and bereavement services to patients and their families continuing support long after the love one had passed.  Lee is also a veteran, which makes her uniquely qualified to bring healing and understanding to those joining or leaving the military. Lee is a skilled group facilitator, educator and clinician.  She is a caring, compassionate individual who takes helping those in pain as her life's work.

LaQuitta Wilder

Licensed Master Social Worker

LaQuitta Wilder, MSW, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker, licensed by the state of Missouri. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Talladega College and a Master’s Degree in Social Worker from Saint Louis University. LaQuitta is a trained TFCBT- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist. LaQuitta has more than 20 years of social work experiences and has done individual and family therapy with clients in the home, schools, residential and outpatient settings.

                             Amanda Prashun

Licensed Professional Counselor

Amanda has a Master´s Degree in counseling from Webster University and has multiple years of experience working with young children and adults in all environments including in-home therapy. Amanda has provided mental health treatment to individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, family separation, behavior problems, and trauma. Amanda´s therapeutic approach is client centered with an emphasis on building strong therapeutic relationships with each client in order to better identify and implement individual treatment modalities. 

Intern Counselors

All locations now have graduate interns available who are able to provide counseling services at no cost to you. Contact us and ask about our graduate interns for more information.

Trauma Training

Several of the therapists at Foundations for Change, LLC have completed a Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies through The Trauma Center at JRI and are also trained in EMDR.             

To learn more about our services, contact us at 314-577-0444