655 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

Monday – Saturday

Our Team

Dr. Lena Pearlman, LCSW

Dr. Lena Pearlman holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) as well as a Doctorate degree in Holistic Natural Health. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Missouri. Lena has been a practicing social worker for 20 years. In addition to working privately, Lena has worked with children and adults in various settings including in-patient and out-patient hospitals, sub-acute rehabilitation centers, forensic treatment centers, and is considered an expert witness within the legal system. She has had extensive experience helping individuals cope with acute, terminal, and chronic medical problems. Lena Pearlman is a member of the Missouri Society of Clinical Social Work, the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, and the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers.

Rebecca Dougherty, LCSW 

Rebecca holds a Masters Degree (MSW) from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and is a Board Member of Missouri NASW. Rebecca has been in the field of Social Work for 18 years and has worked in medical and academic settings. She works with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. Her areas of focus include: working with academic and medical professionals, physician residents, first responders, as well as patients and caregivers who are actively experiencing a chronic illness or acute medical crisis.  She uses a variety of evidenced based theoretical treatment approaches that incorporates the client’s own inner strengths and resiliency into real life solutions.  Rebecca’s areas of practice and intervention include: crisis intervention, stress mitigation, coping with a chronic illness, and adjusting to life stages and stressors, including loss. She is an adjunct faculty member at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and provides post masters supervision for licensure candidates. She is also the mental health specialist for the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MO-1 DMAT), MoDRS, Inc. and the Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team; and uses her crisis intervention, emergency preparedness and debriefing skills in the academic and clinical environments.

Lisa Hawks, LCSW

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been in the social work field for over 10 years working with youth, adults, families, and groups in the St. Louis area. She has received an international certification as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYC-P) and is a rostered Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Lisa takes a compassionate approach to therapy, focusing on her client’s needs and assisting them with attaining their goals. She practices an eclectic approach utilizing various techniques to best fit the client. She has experience working with individuals in residential treatment programs, schools, behavioral programs, and youth considered at-risk and/or homeless. Lisa enjoys assisting people with finding new ways to cope with everyday stressors as well as managing chronic stress and life changes. She practices mindfulness, meditation, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. She can help if you are experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, etc. She also enjoys assisting clients with working on healthy relationships, communication, and conflict resolution.

Leslie Schaeffer, LCSW

Leslie holds a Masters of Social Worker degree and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Missouri. She has been in the social work field for 14 years. Leslie has experience working with all ages. She has experience providing counseling and support to people experiencing PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, end of life transitions, and other difficult life changes. Leslie can be described as genuine, compassionate and client centered to best meet each individual’s personal needs and goals. Therapeutically, she uses a flexible approach that can include Strengths Based, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Solution Focused perspectives in a safe and nonjudgmental space. She believes in helping people achieve symptom relief but also get to the root source of the problem for lasting positive change and improved life satisfaction. Therefore, she is committed to working in a genuine and collaborative way in order to companion those on a journey to find greater peace and healing.

Dr. Bryan Pearlman, Practice Manager and Educator

Dr. Bryan Pearlman holds a Doctorate degree in Education & Administration from Maryville University. He has over 20 years experience in education, non-profit management, and public relations. Dr. Pearlman also serves as the founder/head trainer of our educator training efforts on trauma, challenging behaviors, and differentiation for MostValuablePD.com.

Samantha Pearlman, Office Assistant

Samantha is a senior at Lindenwood University. She is a social work major and a photographer.

Matthew Pearlman, Office Assistant

Matthew is a senior at Lindenwood University. He is a social work major and a published author.