About Us

 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, MS, MBA, LPC, NCC 

I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and have state Licensure and National Certification.  Upon finishing my Master’s I pursued additional training in Sexual and Physical Abuse.  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 two colleges in St. Louis.  Most recently I was asked to write the therapist and parent guide for children's books 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 a dog, cat, 3 hamsters, a guinea pig, 2 fish tanks and horses. My favorite spare time activities are to do anything outside: fishing, horseback riding, 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

 

Amanda Lewis, MAC, 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.  


Marnie Schneider, BSN, Office Manager

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Kennesaw State University. I had worked as a RN for over 15 years when I decided it was time to raise and spend time with my 3 children. They are a full time job!! I enjoy working as an office manager because it gives me great flexibility so I can spend time with my family. We have 3 rescue dogs. In my spare time I love to read, watch movies, and hang out with my family.