Cherese M. Alcorn, MSW, LCSW
"Black Joy Cultivator"
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 & tele-mental health 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
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
Meet the Associate Clinician
Courtney Kempker is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. She earned her Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia. Courtney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Methodist University. She jointed the group practice in fall of 2021. Courtney has over three years of experience providing tele-mental health services, including virtual Brainspotting.
She is passionate about serving youth and families and has over four years of experience working with children that have experienced developmental trauma. Courtney also enjoys working with adults experiencing transitions in life such as going off college, starting a new job, moving, and parenthood.
Courtney has received training in Brainspotting Phase I and II, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment, and Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She is passionate about learning innovative interventions and evidence based practices for trauma integration. Courtney strives to provide culturally competent care and continues to expand her skillset. She has compled