Andy Smola, MS, LPC
Prior to attending college, I spent three years in the United States Army as a medic in the 82nd Airborne Division. After my military experience, I received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in anthropology, and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology. Upon graduation, I began working for a community mental health center as a supervisor for the community psychiatric rehabilitation program. My experience increased working with adults who were suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. As my leadership skills continued to grow, I was promoted to a director’s position overseeing their crisis services that covered 20 counties in Missouri. I was involved in several state committees with the Department of Mental Health and provided numerous trainings to organizations across the state. I furthered my experience with children and adolescents by serving as a clinical supervisor for a children’s case management team. This work allowed me to learn much more about children, adolescence and their families. As an added benefit my familiarity increased with the state’s system and their initiatives. Currently, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing licensure supervision and in-home counseling for Midwest Counseling & Consulting. I am married and we have two amazing boys. For recreation we go on bike rides, camping, skiing and return to my family farm for fishing and hunting.
Renee Smola, PhD, LPC, NCC
I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Clincial Neurology. I have state Licensure and National Certification. Additionally I pursued certification Trauma Therapy (TF-CBT) and advanced training in treating Sexual Behavior Problems. I moved up quickly in my career and became the Director at a Residential facility. It did not take long for me to decide I wanted to provide counseling and not be an executive. In 1998 I began working in private practice and have haven’t looked back. I love my job. I provide individual, family, couples, and group therapy and work with all ages, starting at 4 years old. In addition to counseling and supervising other counselors for licensure, I also serve as a board member for the Missouri Mental Health Counselor Association and teach psychology and business classes at three Universities in St. Louis and supervise internships at another. Most recently I was asked to write the therapist and parent guide for a children's book series dealing with adoption, grief, being in foster, starting over, etc. On the personal side, I was raised on a farm in rural Missouri (6 miles outside of Bland, MO) and now live in St. Louis. Andy and I, have 2 sons, a small petting zoo consisting of 2 dogs, a cat, 3 hamsters, 2 guinea pigs, 2 fish tanks and 3 horses. My favorite spare time activities are to do anything outside: fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain climbing, camping, and jeeping. On cold wintery days my favorite thing to do is have pajama day and watch movies while eating popcorn and candy with my family.
Dianne Parr, PhD, LPC
Certifications: TF-CBT, EMDR
My goal is to always do my best to make a difference in the lives I touch! As a clinical therapist, I bring a multiplicity of skills, interventions, and experiences to my practice. Currently practicing as a licensed professional counselor, with certifications in TeleHealth Mental Health, Anxiety for Wired Brain, Eye Movement Desensitization Recovery (EMDR), and Supervisor of Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (PLPC), I am constantly enhancing my professional therapy skills to provide the interventions for the people I serve and augment their healing processes. Passionate about connecting with each person I serve and consult with; I implement the therapeutic interventions related to Somatic Integration Processing to facilitate healing and recovery with individuals and families. Having worked with a variety of populations, I have provided therapy for crisis intervention, grief and loss, marriage and family, suicide, anxiety, anger management, post-traumatic stress, depression, domestic violence, parenting skills, substance abuse, and a plethora of issues and problems that individuals and families experience. My practice has included therapeutic interventions beginning with serving young children through the life span to include adults and seniors. As a professional, I enjoy researching, writing, and developing curriculum and programs to inform and support the healing community.
Dana Steinham, MA, PLPC
I have a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Webster, and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University. I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults, individuals and couples (both queer and not), and a healthy mix of neurotypical and neurodivergent clients. I may be of help to you if you are struggling with ADHD, trauma, depression, relationship crises, academic or workplace stress, developmental delays, or have acute problems you are otherwise at a loss to articulate. I practice narrative therapy, a small but sturdy theory rooted in the idea that stories shape the stuff of lived experience. Narrative therapy invites clients to review the moments that have come to define them, and to explore ways these old tellings might be retooled to more aptly reflect the truth as we understand it today. As the therapist, I am warm but frank in my role as listener, collaborator, and sometimes challenger.
Amanda Lewis, MA, Office Manager
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from UMSL. I currently enjoy working as an office manager as it gives me the time and flexibility to spend more time with my family and young children. I will most likely work towards becoming a licensed professional counselor in the future. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, baking, snowboarding, and working on DIY projects.