Agnes Jos Elking, Ph.D.

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.

Hillary Lanier,

Licensed Master Social Worker

Hillary received a B.A. in sociology with an emphasis in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  

 Hillary provides clients with a holistic framework to the therapeutic process and focuses on emphasizing client strengths and unconditional positive regard.  She strives to build a solid foundation for success by developing a therapeutic alliance with her clients.  Hillary is dedicated to being a culturally responsive therapist and has experience working with a diverse client population across the life span. She uses a combination of evidence-based techniques, such as Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as motivational interviewing and client-centered approach to combat such issues. Hillary recently completed training for Integrative Treatment for Complex Trauma-Adolescents.  Hillary's experience includes work as a middle school social worker where she serviced counseling and social skills needs for adolescents with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and ODD. Hillary has also worked in palliative care at Barnes Jewish Hospital, where Hillary supported clients and families facing life limiting illnesses and coping with grief and loss. Hillary welcomes individual child, adolescent, and adult clients, as well as couples and families.

LaQuitta Wilder

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.

Marie Bonner-Horon,

Licensed Professional Counselor

Marie Bonner-Horon earned her Master of Arts degree from University of Illinois Springfield in Human Development Counseling. Working with school aged children has always been a passion for Marie.  For the past 4 years Marie has worked in schools bridging the gap between school counseling and therapy; these schools include both public and private. Most recently Marie worked in a therapeutic behavioral school providing individual and group therapy for students with mental disorders. Core beliefs that Marie possess are: everyone has the ability to be successful with the right resources and support, actions do not define the person and anyone in need of help should receive it. Marie utilizes play, narrative and cognitive behavioral therapy to help her clients understand and work through their issues in order to become successful in their lives.

Michael Dibernardo

Ryan Liberati, Ph.D.

Licensed Professional Counselor (MO)

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (IL)

Dr. Liberati has been with Foundations for Change as a contract therapist since 2015. His clinical specialties are children, adolescents, LGBTQ, and men's issues.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor here in Missouri, as well as a Licensed Clinical Professor Counselor in Illinois.  Dr. Liberati also holds school counseling certification in both Missouri and Louisiana.  In addition, he is an approved clinical supervisor for PLPC individuals in Missouri.

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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.

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.

Penny L. Smith,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Penny L. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years experience in the field of social work. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis' Brown School of Social Work in 2011. Penny specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma for youth, adults, couples, and families. Her clinical training has been in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), MB-CBT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Penny has worked in schools, the foster care system, in-home services, and outpatient settings. Penny is also a yoga teacher (RYT 200) and teaches yoga and mindfulness to therapy clients, in schools, and in local yoga studios. She operates from the belief that authenticity, collaboration, and compassion can guide a therapeutic re-connection to your highest self. 

Shannon Cooper-Sadlo

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.

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Machalene J. Smith-Butler

Machalene attends Missouri Baptist University where she will receive her Master of Arts in School Counseling (K-12) with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health in May 2018. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University and has worked for over 12 years in social services with adolescents and young adults. After graduation, she aspires to work as a school counselor while providing mental healthcounseling services to the community.


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