About my practice:

 As a clinical social worker and registered play therapist for almost twenty years, I work primarily with children ages 3-10 and their families.   My approach incorporates Child Centered Play Therapy, Theraplay, solution-focused and cognitive behavior therapy techniques to strengthen coping skills for social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Working with clients and their families to help them function more peacefully and effectively takes close collaboration, humor, humility, and an open mind. As needed, I consult with doctors, teachers, diagnosticians, and, of course, parents in creating a treatment plan and throughout the time that a client sees me.  Though I bring experience, knowledge, and training to my work, I deeply respect that clients are the experts in their own lives.  

****COVID-19 UPDATE****

Starting the week of June 22, 2020,  Molly and I will work in two-week cycles so that we will not be housed in the office at the same time.  On alternating weeks, we will be in the office for five days and then home for nine days using Telehealth services.  We will be physically distancing all clients in our waiting room by staggering schedules.  Our toys and surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected after each visit.  We will be wearing masks in compliance with St. Louis County guidelines and ask that all children and family members also wear masks so that we can minimize risks to everyone.  For anyone interested, we will continue to work exclusively through Telehealth.  Please let us know how we can best serve your child while we all do our part to keep each other safe!

These are some of the services we can offer (regular insurance rates apply, including Medicaid rates):

*Family therapy and individual therapy to cope with the highs and lows of family life during a pandemic

*Theraplay for caregivers and all children in the house (we love this form of play therapy because it doesn’t involve toys, is attachment based, and is fun for everyone through engaging, challenging, nurturing, and structuring games and activities)

*Behavior trouble-shooting

*Supportive counseling for children to maintain routine and connection

*Coping strategies for parents and kids

*Connecting to community resources

*We can offer our teletherapy services in regular length sessions (45 minutes) or shorter sessions (20-30 minutes) to best benefit your family and children

The areas in which I have particular expertise include:

Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), an evidence-based mental health intervention for general functioning and well-being of children, anxiety disorders and symptoms, and disruptive disorders and behaviors.   CCPT was included by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices (NREPP), an initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an effective treatment supported by rigorous research.   

. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trained

. Level One Theraplay trained (evidence-based child and family therapy for attachment, trust, self-esteem)

• Play Therapy as a way to work with clients for whom traditional talk therapy is not a fit (such as adult clients with developmental disabilities or children and adolescents who like expressive arts activities)

• Depression/anxiety/emotional regulation

• Life transitions ( examples: preschool to kindergarten, moving, new babies in families, switching jobs, transitioning to adulthood)

• Grief, death, serious illness, trauma

• School issues (including IEPs and special education)

• Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

• Family relationships

• Disabilities and special needs (including autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome)

• Parenting

• Caregiver, parent, mental health professional, or teacher stress, self-care, and burn-out

• Case management services to navigate local, state, and federal resources for complex educational, disability, or medical needs 

Contact me: (314) 991-9058 or lee@leebascom.com

1121 Olivette Executive Parkway. Suite 205. St. Louis, MO. 63132

Insurances Accepted:  United HealthCare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Magellan, Aetna, Healthlink, Coventry, ComPsych, Medicaid (including Home State, United Community Care, and Missouri Care), E4 Health and Lifescope EAP, Intermountain Healthcare EAP