Counseling is anyone who wants to grow, heal, or improve their quality of life.

Everyone experiences pain. Everyone navigates challenges. But not everyone realizes the benefit of letting someone join you in those struggles before they become overwhelming.

(Though if you’re here, chances are good you might be feeling overwhelmed in some way… and that’s ok, too.)

Counseling is not just for crisis intervention, just like seeing your doctor isn’t just for open-heart surgery. It’s also for living your best life and preventing crisis where possible.

Postpartum anxiety & depression
Chronic illness
Life transitions
Boundary issues
Challenging family dynamics
Grief & loss

Session fee for individuals is $100. Session fee for family and couples is $115.

Session fees are due before the start of session and is payable by major credit cards, cash, or check ($3 processing fee applies to credit card transactions).

Sliding scales are available for households that qualify (recent tax return and/or more information required).

No, I do not.

If your insurance company assures you they are accepted by out-of-network providers, I can happily provide you with receipts or superbills, but this will be between you and your insurance company. Thank you for understanding!

This is a great and really normal question! First sessions are spent getting to know you, becoming familiar with the reason(s) you’re seeking counseling right now, and establishing what your goals are for the journey. It’s also an opportunity for you to get a feel for what it’s like to work with me, and for the both of us to decide whether we’d be a good fit.

Yes, what you share with me during sessions will be held in strict confidentiality, with two exceptions:

  1. On occasion your information may be discussed with my supervisor, Gina Birkemeier, LPC. Our conversations are also confidential.

  2. State law and professional ethics does mandate that this confidentiality be broken under specific circumstances if what you share gives me legitimate reason to be concerned for the safety of a child, an elderly person, or yourself.

This is another common concern for those starting out with counseling. The answer is, that’s perfectly fine! While specific issues or symptoms are definitely helpful starting points, we can work together to identify problem areas and establish goals.

The short answer is, “it depends.” The longer answer is it’s recommended to start with meeting every week for at least six consecutive weeks. After this, I can provide a recommendation and you can make a decision about how frequently you’re able and willing to attend therapy from there.

Absolutely! Both in-person and virtual sessions are available for residents of Missouri.

Yes, I work with ages 12+.

While being a Christian is an important part of my personal life, I gladly serve clients from all walks of life and faith backgrounds.

I meet with in-person clients at the offices of Kaleo Counseling Services, at both our Cottleville and Webster Groves locations.

Cottleville: 5498 St. Charles St., Cottleville, MO 63304 
Webster Groves: 8050 Watson Rd., Suite #335, St. Louis, MO 63119

When talking about healing and growth, I like to use the analogy of a new branch on an old tree. Like us, the tree itself can’t change where it found itself planted. It has roots that reach into the ground, like the stories that precede us. But a new sapling on its trunk doesn’t need the tree to move or change in order to grow. New growth is able to be experienced right where the tree is at.

You may not be able to change your past, your family, or your story up to this point. But healing is always available to you, and growth can happen from where you’re at today.

“When it comes to mental health, being able to say

‘this is what happened to me’ is crucial.” – Oprah Winfrey

New Branch Counseling, LLC

in partnership w/Kaleo Counseling Services
5498 St. Charles Street, Cottleville, MO 63304