Joyce Coleman MS, LCSW
My goal has been to provide a safe supportive environment for individuals of all ages so they may learn how to manage events that negatively impacting their lives. The guidance of a therapist is often needed to: strengthen relationships, resolve conflict, promote positive parenting, and support children and adolescents so they may experience success in school and relationships. .
My training includes three years of post-Master’s certification in individual, marriage and family therapy: one-year program at Washington University, St. Louis, MO and a two-year program through the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services. I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I attend a monthly psychotherapy professional group for ongoing development of my professional skills.
I have experienced a very rewarding career working with people of all ages and from various backgrounds. The common thread in all of my work has been the unlimited potential of individuals to grow, to change, and to find a world where they can experience hope and happiness.
My undergraduate work was with families and young children. I participated in implementing one of the first birth to three programs for children with developmental disabilities in the state of Illinois.
Family systems/struggles and the emotional needs of individuals continued to be the focus of my professional work after earning my master’s degree. I served on the first Interagency Coordinating Council and was selected as the Missouri Social Work representative for a state-wide multidisciplinary trainer of trainers model for First Steps Early Intervention Services. The commitment and determination of these families to secure services for their children was nothing less than impressive and the role of the family therapist was critical in managing the array of emotions they experienced
The next chapter in my career brought me to the health care arena at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. I learned first-hand the impact acute and chronic illness has on the patient and their families. Of my many responsibilities for providing emotional support to families I coordinated the Bereavement Program, which provided support, information, and presence to families having children lost to illness. I worked closely with the staff, many suffering from compassion fatigue, and conducted stress debriefings for critical incidents. I served on the hospital ethics committee responding to inquiries about medical, moral, and ethical concerns, including end-of life issues.
I completed three years of post masters certification in individual, marriage, and family therapy; one year at George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University and a two year program through the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services. For the past twenty years I have maintained my practice and have received ongoing professional development addressing therapy practices including: