Licensed Professional Counselor, Missouri
Registered Play Therapist
Certified School Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Memberships: Association for Play Therapy & American Mental Health Counselor's Association
Deidre earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1992. She has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years with diverse populations in a variety of settings including children with developmental disabilities; children, adolescents and adults who have experienced sexual trauma; families; couples; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. Deidre has additionally worked with children and adolescents in residential treatment facilities for both mental health and substance abuse; providing in-home family therapy; providing Employee Assistance Program services; in a school setting as a school counselor for children ages 5-18; and as a school-based therapist for children ages 12-18.
Deidre specializes in working with children and adolescents blending cognitive behavioral therapy with play therapy and sandtray therapy. She is also trained to teach parents/caregivers how to use filial play therapy in the home.
“My goal as a clinician is to provide clients with the tools that are essential to build resiliency, self-esteem and inner strength. Everyone that I see has a story. It is my job to listen and help children, adolescents and adults explore ways to tell their stories in an environment that is safe and nurturing. As a therapist I help clients to regulate their emotions, feel better, have more confidence, and be hopeful. I also teach healthy ways to cope with overwhelming and often times emotionally painful situations.” -Deidre
Deidre has office hours and availability in our Liberty & Raytown offices.