Clinical Director

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Cherese M. Alcorn is the owner and Clinical Director of Cherese M. Alcorn, MSW, LCSW, LLC. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Cherese received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Cherese has furthered her education at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and has earned a two-year Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program certificate. 

Cherese is a body and sex positive Queer clinician. Cherese has almost a decade of experience providing in-depth psychotherapy to individuals, families, couples, and groups. She has provided mental health services in a variety of settings, such as public schools, hospitals (inpatient and outpatient services), clinics, and in-home. Additionally, Cherese has over eight years of experience providing tele-mental health services through telephonic and video capabilities. She is passionate about providing culturally competent care to communities of color, LGBTQIA persons, persons with chronic illness, and PTSD survivors.

Cherese continues to perfect her craft by currently taking professional development courses at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute related to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Additionally, she is completing a

trauma & telehealth dual certification course with PESI training organization.

"Let me help lead you from suffering and surviving to living fully and thriving!"  

Explore Treatments Options with Cherese:

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

CBT treatment is designed to help patients change their thinking patterns in order to reduce psychological suffering.

  • Patients learn how to their thoughts, emotions, and behavior are interconnected.

  •  Identify cognitive distortions that create distress and learn to reevaluate them to reduce suffering in the present 

  • Engage in problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations

COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY

CPT is utilized with trauma survivors presenting symptoms of PTSD. Sessions last for a minimum of 12 therapy sessions during which patients will: 

  • Get information on common cognitive, behavioral, and psychological reactions to trauma

  • Identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts with also know as stuck points

  • Complete regular out-of-session practice assignments in between sessions to reinforce concepts learned in treatment 

PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY

Cherese primary practices psychodynamically helping patients heal childhood wounds with their primary caregivers. Through this supportive and insight oriented treatment, Cherese assists patients:

  • Identify and deconstruct unhealthy defense mechanisms and improve healt

  • Heal attachment injuries

  • Discontinue undesirable coping skills for emotional pain

  • Develop secure attachment with oneself and others