Family Treatment Staff

Program Director

Dawn Swinger, M.Ed, LPC

SwingerDawn Swinger has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri since 1996. She has experience in the mental health field since 1978 when she worked for 14 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Hospital Psychiatry. She attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she completed her Master’s in Counseling Education with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1994.

Dawn has been employed at Family Resource Center since 1998 where she was first a Clinical Supervisor/Therapist and since 2007, the Program Director for Family Treatment. In 2013, Dawn became a committee member of the Non-Pharmaceutical Mental Health Services Prior Authorization Advisory Committee for the Missouri Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division.

Dawn believes that everyone strives to do the best that they can. She works to instill hope in others that they are capable of making positive changes in their lives and in the lives of their families.

Clinical Supervisors

Trisha R. Hobson, M.A., LPC

HobsonIn 2003, Trisha Hobson joined Family Resource Center where she worked with children who had been abused and neglected and their caregivers in the Day Treatment Therapeutic Preschool program. In 2007, she began working in the Family Treatment program where she is currently a therapist and supervisor. Trisha provides outpatient mental health services to children and families. Her areas of clinical focus include working with preschool-age children, children and parents with special needs, parenting and discipline, child and adolescent victims of trauma, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and children with challenging behaviors in school and at home. Trisha also provides clinical supervision to therapists and students in the Family Treatment Program, and serves as a registered field instructor for the St. Louis Social Work Field Education Collaborative.

Trisha attended Saint Louis University where she received a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Vocal Performance in 2003, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Family Therapy and School Counseling in 2006. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri since 2008. Trisha is currently a PCIT International Certified Therapist and Level 1 Trainer, and is a Missouri Rostered Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician. She has also served as a member of the National Health Service Corps. Trisha believes in providing treatment that is supportive, strength-based, collaborative, and culturally sensitive. She enjoys helping children and caregivers create healthy relationships and make lasting changes in their lives.

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” – Richard L. Evans

Tessa Michaud, MSW, LCSW

MichaudTessa Michaud is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has worked at Family Resource Center since 2009. She provides individual and family therapy to children and families. Tessa has worked with clients who have been exposed to various types of trauma. In addition, she sees clients with anxiety, depression and challenging behaviors. Tessa is a PCIT International Certified Therapist and a Missouri Rostered provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has received training and ongoing supervision in Modular Approach to Treatment for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), Motivational Interviewing and Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder in adolescents.

Tessa received her Bachelor’s degree in 2002 and Master’s degree of Social Work in 2005 at University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to working at Family Resource Center, Tessa worked as a victim advocate and as a foster care case manager for a nonprofit agency in the St. Louis area. Tessa enjoys working with children and families in an effort to help her clients identify and build on current strengths and promote positive change where desired.

Therapists

Anne Benson, MSW, LMSW

Anne Benson joined Family Resource Center in August 2015, working as a therapist in the PathBuilders program, assisting children and families in crisis. She transitioned to the Family Treatment program in August 2016, and currently works as a Family Therapist. She has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She specializes in treating trauma-related difficulties stemming from abuse, neglect, domestic violence or traumatic death, anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and/or parent-child conflicts.

Anne received her Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Music History and Child Development. Prior to joining the team at Family Resource Center, Anne worked with children and youth in a variety of roles in Nashville, TN; Ukraine (as a Peace Corps Volunteer); and St. Louis, MO. These roles have included work in boarding schools, teen crisis shelters, after-school programs and pre-school programs. Anne believes in every child and family’s ability to overcome adverse circumstances and create a positive future for themselves.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

Kathia Betts, M.A., LPC

BettsKathia Betts is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and obtained her LPC in 1996. She provides individual and family therapy at Family Resource Center. Kathia’s primary specialties are trauma, depression, parenting, domestic violence, substance abuse and codependency, HIV/AIDs, grief, LGBT and cultural/diversity issues, and women’s issues. She is trained in several evidenced-based practices that include: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She is a Missouri Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

Kathia received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1988. Prior to joining Family Resource Center, she worked in several substance abuse programs for adults and their families that were on state and federal probation, with individuals with HIV/AIDS, individuals and families in the child welfare system, and domestic violence. She has also provided supervision to graduate-level interns. Kathia is committed to empowering and collaborating with clients of all ages.

Alison Gabel

genericAlison Gabel joined Family Resource Center as a Family Therapist in 2017, and works with children and adolescents overcoming trauma-related maladaptive responses stemming from abuse, neglect, and domestic and/or community violence. As an art therapist, Ali uses art and a person-centered approach to help clients manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, process through traumatic experiences, and gain insight and awareness into oppositional and defiant behaviors. She also offers bilingual therapeutic services to Latinx families focusing on the experiences unique to immigrant populations. Prior to working at Family Resource Center, Ali served as an art therapist in domestic violence and acute psychiatric settings.

Ali received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007, and her Master’s degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2016. Ali has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, and Sensory Integration. She is currently provisionally licensed in Missouri.

Jorie Gold, MSW, LCSW

GoldJorie Gold first joined Family Resource Center in 2010 in the Therapeutic Preschool, as part of the treatment team in the classroom setting, and then as program therapist. She joined the Family Treatment program in 2012. Jorie is trained in Evidence-Based Practices, using PCIT, TF-CBT and MATCH in her current position to resolve trauma, anxiety and depression related issues, parent-child conflicts and managing difficult child behaviors. She takes a strengths-based, client-centered approach and integrates principles of attachment-based Theraplay and play therapy into her work with children and families.

Jorie received her BSW in 2002 and MSSW in 2003 from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families. Since then, Jorie has worked with children, youth and families in a variety of practice settings, first in Chicago and now here in St. Louis. Her work has included both school and community based programs to improve family and peer relationships, address community health issues through prevention, as well as crisis intervention. Jorie received her LCSW in February of 2009.

“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

Bethany Lord, MSW, LCSW

genericBethany Lord joined Family Resource Center in 2013 as a therapist in the PathBuilders program to provide in-home services to families at-risk of chronic child abuse and neglect. She moved to the Family Treatment program in 2015. Bethany currently works with children, adolescents, and their families who have experienced trauma or who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or challenging behaviors.

Bethany received her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bard College in 2009. She is currently working toward her certification in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and is also trained to practice Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy

Kathryn Shaw, M.A., LPC

ShawKathryn Shaw joined Family Resource Center in 1994. She provides individual and family therapy to clients of all ages, from young children to adults. Kathryn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss), anxiety and depression, and children with challenging behaviors. Kathryn is trained in E.M.D.R., TF-CBT, PCIT, CPT, and MATCH (please see the Family Treatment page for information on these therapy techniques).

Kathryn received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University in 1990 and was licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in 1993. Prior to joining Family Resource Center, she worked in an adolescent residential treatment unit, a therapeutic high school, and a vocational rehabilitation program.

Kate Waterbury, MSW, LCSW

Kate WaterburyKate Waterbury provides individual and family therapy at Family Resource Center, as well as parent training and education classes. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with expertise in trauma, grief, depression and anxiety, parenting skills, and interpersonal violence. Kate is trained in a number of evidence-based practices including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Modular Approach to Treatment for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Prior to joining Family Resource Center, Kate worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, providing trauma-informed therapy and case management services to individuals and groups, as well as providing community advocacy in the form of awareness presentations and events.

Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Human Development from The University of Chicago and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She takes a holistic approach to mental and physical health, and is especially passionate about incorporating mind-body awareness and mindfulness strategies into her work with clients to help rebuild a sense of self-awareness, strength, and empowerment following painful or adverse life experiences.

Serene M. Wilkinson, MSW, LCSW

genericSerene Wilkinson has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of social service settings since 2004. In 2010, she joined Family Resource Center in the Intensive In-Home Services department and later joined the Family Treatment program as a Family Therapist. Serene uses evidence-based practices to treat trauma-related issues and parent-child conflicts, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). In addition, Serene has experience conducting family and individual therapeutic interventions with a variety of diverse families, focusing on: trauma treatment, conflict resolution skills, positive parenting skills and techniques, communication barriers, cognitive behavioral processing, foster care and adoption, child neglect, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

Serene received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Illinois-Chicago in 2003 and Master in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010. She has been a Licensed Social Worker within the State of Missouri since 2012, and acquired her LCSW in 2015.

 Sonya Williams, M.A., LPC

Sonya Williams joined Family Resource Center in 2011. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), she provides individual and family therapy to children and their families. Sonya works with young children and adolescents who have experienced various types of trauma, display behavior concerns and present with symptoms and behaviors related to anxiety and depression. Prior to joining Family Resource Center, Sonya worked as a Foster Care Case Manager and has experience working with teenage mothers and their children.

Sonya received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. Sonya is trained in evidenced-based practices that include: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Modular Approach to Treatment for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC). Her professional goal is to meet the needs of her clients by integrating strength-based and client-centered therapeutic approaches.

“Positive thoughts lead to positive changes.”

Lucy Zee, MSW, LMSW

Lucy ZeeLucy Zee joined Family Resource Center in 2015 as a Family Therapist. She provides individual counseling and family therapy. Lucy works with children and adolescents who present with traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, emotional dysregulation, oppositional and defiant behaviors, and/or parent-child conflicts. She is trained to deliver Evidence-Based Practices such as TF-CBT, PCIT, and MATCH-ADTC. Lucy uses a person-centered approach that integrates principles of family systems theory, attachment theory, and play therapy into her work with children and families.

Lucy received her Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Family Resource Center, she held a variety of therapeutic roles working with children who have experienced complex trauma, death, separation from parents/caregivers, bullying, substance use, and severe/persistent mental illnesses. Lucy has experience with crisis counseling and has received certification in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Adolescents. She has also received training in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Lucy is currently pursuing post-graduate studies at St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute’s Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program.

“Every child is a story yet to be told.”

Intake/Administrative Support

Annie Herz, BSW

HerzAnnie Herz joined Family Resource Center in 2009. As Intake/Resource Coordinator, she is the first point of contact in the Family Treatment program. Annie conducts intake and provides resources to potential clients. She enjoys that her current position allows her to communicate with a variety of people and help them get connected to therapists and other programs offered at Family Resource Center.

Prior to joining Family Resource Center, Annie worked with children and families in a number of unique ways including residential settings, in home care, case management, and in school. Annie received her Bachelors in Social Work at University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002.

Diana Butler, B.S.

Diana ButlerDiana Butler joined Family Resource Center in 2001. As Program Outcomes Coordinator, she provides general administrative support for the Family Treatment team. She assists therapists to track client outcome measures pre- and post-treatment in order to assess change and/or improvement. Diana also edits the agency’s employee newsletter and creates informational flyers to promote client services. Diana received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.