Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health
Interim Director, Student-Athlete Mental Health
Derrick received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Methodist University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Howard University. He currently holds independent licensure to practice in Missouri and is a member of both the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports and the National Association of Social Workers.
M.Ed., LPC, NCC, RYT, EMDR Therapist
Dawn began her journey into becoming a counselor after receiving life changing counseling services of her own. She graduated University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education. Before coming to Lindenwood University, she worked as Residential Therapist specializing in treating children, families, and groups at Great Circle, and worked at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley, as a mental health counselor, and career counselor serving a diverse student population. She is fascinated in the brain/body connection to mental health/trauma, holistic health, and general well-being, and am a Certified Registered Yoga Teacher, with a focus on trauma sensitive instruction. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and the college population. Student’s time in college can be such a time of change and transition, fraught not only with joy and new-found freedoms, but unique challenges such as homesickness, social and academic challenges. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment to help you explore challenges, work through the situations that have brought you to counseling, and identify coping skills and supports. She feels honored to have the opportunity to assist you as you as you walk through this journey of transitions and prepare for your future.
Sara became a counselor after studying political science in her undergraduate degree and planning to attend law school following graduation. However, fate would have her intern at a Refugee resettlement with a staff attorney her senior year of university, and she would decide she wanted to study International Relations in London to better advocate for clients on a policy level. On one very long bus trip, where she was the only English speaker, she met a woman, who through nonverbal communication shared the story of her family during the conflict. It was in this moment she realized that she enjoyed hearing other people’s stories, and how despite language barriers we are deeply connected to each other. Sara received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Louisville, while working a local legal aid as an intake secretary for client’s seeking services. Throughout her time at legal aid, she was able to help assist clients with many different types of cases. This experience was instrumental in helping her understanding how the legal system impacted, and assisted clients with their concerns. After graduation Sara served as a Social Work case manager at the International Institute of Saint Louis, assisting refugees and other immigrants with ensuring they were able to navigate complex systems of the United States. After two years serving as a case manager, she moved into the therapy role providing Saint Louis city and county immigrants with free short-term counseling among other services. Sara is passionate about working with young adults, and immigrants as they seek to explore who they are and who they want to be. She is deeply interested in the connection between the mind and body, and ways to manage somatic symptoms related to mental health. She is trained in EMDR, a trauma processing therapy, and has a fascination with Acceptance and Commitment therapy as a tool to assist with anxiety. She looks forward to working with you as a student at Lindenwood.
- Jenna Fleming
- Abby Smith
Front Desk Assistants
- Samantha Harshbarger
- Dishika Iyer
- Fran Lang
- Taylor Page