At Change, Inc., we offer down-to-earth, non-judgmental counseling in South City, St. Louis. And while it’s true that our counseling approach is designed to be accessible and common-sensical, it isn’t to say our therapists aren’t experts! In fact, they’re much more than that — they’re Agents of Change™!!!
By this we mean that:
- They are highly educated, highly respected leaders in their field
- They’re people of depth who are committed not only to their work with you, but to their own interpersonal work, as they believe along with us that the core of who we are forms the most essential parts of the successful and impactful therapist
- They’re not just people who show up a few times a week to wear a hat that reads, “counselor” (if you find that this is the case somewhere — run!!!), but people who became counselors because it is in their very DNA to do the soul-searching, life-altering, difficult work of personal integration that real growth demands
- They’re the type of people who would never ask you to go somewhere psychologically that they themselves wouldn’t go or haven’t been, and the type who recognize what research has said over and over again — the single biggest predictor of success in therapy is not age, theoretical orientation, type of training, school attended, or even years of experience, but the therapeutic bond — their ability to connect well with others on a fundamentally human level. Change, Inc. possess this special X-Factor in spades.
So, the truth is that we’re so impressed with the folks who provide you counseling, that even after they leave us, we’re still interested in showcasing them. Without further ado, please find below a list of the Change, Inc. Distinguished Alumni — therapists who’ve worked with us in the past but who have gone on to do other new and wonderful things within the larger continuum of mental health care. You can read about them and their new ventures, and even find links to their current work if you think you might like to contact them directly. Enjoy!
Or call now at 314-669-6242!
Courtney Boddie, PhD, LPC
SPECIALIZED TRAINING/AWARDS: Illinois State Task Force on Behavioral Health (2018), Central Methodist University Counselor Educator of the Year (2017), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Fellow (2016)
YEARS ACTIVE AT CHANGE, INC.: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
CURRENT GIG: Director of Counseling Services at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE)
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT CHANGE, INC.: “I initially became interested in working at Change, Inc. to fulfill practice requirements for my clinical residency. At the time, I thought that working in a community-based practice staffed by young, highly-able, mental health providers from multiple training backgrounds would offer a great experience. That it did. During my tenure with the practice, I saw quite a range of clients from many walks of life. Between the diverse portfolio of humans with whom I had the pleasure of working with clinically, the abiding sense of camaraderie among the clinical team, and top-notch leadership by Ryan, I found Change, Inc. to be excellent.”
Sarah Bollinger, PhD, LCSW
SPECIALIZED TRAINING/AWARDS: EMDR, Mindfulness
YEARS ACTIVE AT CHANGE, INC.: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT CHANGE, INC.: I was the first contracted therapist to work with Ryan when Change, Inc. was just beginning in St. Louis, MO. This was such a special opportunity for me to help grow something that would ultimately impact hundreds of lives, including my own. I deeply value the friendship that I cultivated with Ryan at this time in my life, and this relationship has continued to be a source of support and transformation for me both professionally and personally.
Melissa Chosid, LMFT
SPECIALIZED TRAINING/AWARDS: Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gottman Method Certified
YEARS ACTIVE AT CHANGE, INC.: 2014, 2015
CURRENT GIG: Founder/Owner/Therapist at St. Louis Couples Counseling
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT CHANGE, INC.: I loved the opportunity to expand my experience as a clinician in a diverse neighborhood like South City. I was a part of the Change, Inc. team during an exciting period of growth and was able to have input in developing the practice into the great mental health resource it is today.
Emily Schmittel, PhD, LMFT
SPECIALIZED TRAINING/AWARDS: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
YEARS ACTIVE AT CHANGE, INC.: 2016, 2017
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT CHANGE, INC.: When I reflect on my time at Change, Inc. I first feel gratitude for the opportunities I had to walk alongside my clients as they accomplished powerful changes. Beyond working with clients, my time at Change, Inc. provided me with an important stage of growth in my development as a therapist. When I joined the practice, I found a team that was highly committed to fostering a strong community between therapists to ensure that they are in the best mindset to do the intense, vulnerable work that is therapy. What I appreciated most is the deep sense of care that each clinician has about one another and the opportunities to gain support and connection both formally and informally. Change, Inc. reminded me that at the core, being a therapist is means being an authentic, fully present human both in and outside of therapy with our clients.
Tara Vossenkemper, PhD (ABD), LPC
YEARS ACTIVE AT CHANGE, INC.: 2015, 2016, 2017
CURRENT GIG: Founder/Owner at The Counseling Hub (Columbia, MO)
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT CHANGE, INC.: I hate to be cliché, but I don’t have many words to accurately represent my time at Change, Inc. It was exceptional. My experience with the practice was pivotal in shaping my development as a clinician and as a practice owner. As a clinician, I was encouraged to develop my skillset and to focus on my own growth and development under ongoing mentorship and informal supervision, which felt safe and supportive. I felt valued and cared for, and I really felt like I was part of something much larger than myself. As a current practice owner, I felt like the ins and outs of the practice were accessible and grounded in people, as in making things readily accessible to clients and other clinicians. Ryan inadvertently (and sometimes directly) taught me that I could run a practice that was true to myself and with integrity, while also valuing clients, clinicians, and the community. I’ll never be able to truly verbalize or repay the level of indebtedness that I feel about my time there.