Clients come first at St. Louis DBT. Ask any of our therapists, they all will say the same thing. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Each of our therapists found their way to St. Louis DBT because they wanted to make a difference. They followed different paths to get here. After being in a solo practice for several years, Casey decided she wanted to expand her DBT program while at the same time, train more therapists in the life-saving DBT model. So, she moved the offices of Healing Insights to a larger space at University Tower, changed our name from Healing Insights to St Louis DBT and brought on additional therapists who each brings a unique blend of skills and life experience to the team.
Katie and Paige knew they wanted to be therapists before they went to college. Being a therapist is a second career for Sandra. Christine stayed home to spend time with her children in their formative years before becoming a therapist. Sunyata decided to become a therapist after a stint in East Africa with the Peace Corps. Each therapist uses their life experience and passion for making a difference in every session.
Our similarities and differences enable us to serve people with differing needs and goals. Like our clients, we hike, bike, run, camp, read, watch TV, play on our computers and hang out with friends. We call St. Louis home. We love, laugh, sing, dance, get angry and cry. We are not perfect — we have our issues. Each of us is both unique and ordinary, just like you.. Each of us are constantly learning new ways to live more skillfully, just like you.
Wanting to make a difference is what brought us together as a team and what motivates us to keep moving forward as a team. We take teamwork seriously. With DBT, you may interact with up to three therapists — your individual therapist as well as a leader and co-leader of your DBT skills group. These therapists work together to make sure you get the most effective therapy possible. When we are stumped, we consult with each other. Through consultation, we hold each other accountable. To keep our fees as low as possible, we share offices and take turns answering the telephone. When one of us is out sick or on vacation, others step in so a therapist is always available for your coaching calls.
You and your therapist work together as a team as well. How we make a difference in your life depends on what brings you to us as well as your goals. How fast you progress depends not only on our skillfulness but also your motivation and hard work. While there are days we wish we had a magic wand to ease your suffering, that’s one item we don’t have in our toolkit.
Change generally does not occur in big leaps. It happens in small, incremental steps over time. With the help of your therapist, you learn a set of skills, practice them with friends, family, teachers, supervisors and co-workers, with grocery store clerks and on 1-800 calls. You figure out what works and what doesn’t. You observe patterns. Over time, the skills become more automatic. Through it all, you and your therapist will monitor (and celebrate) your progress. And at some point, you will graduate from therapy.
So what’s the bottom line? At St. Louis DBT, you’ll experience caring therapists committed to making a difference in your life. And you will find an attitude of “we’re all in this together.” We work with you and with each other in teams. Our goal is to multiply the benefits of your efforts by the acceptance of our therapists and the transformative powers of the DBT skills.
Casey Limmer, MSW, LCSW is St. Louis DBT’s founder and Lead DBT Trainer. In 2015, she was in the first group of clinicians from across country to achieve national certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).