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At LifeWork we provide counseling and educational services to assist in improving your life and the lives of those around you.

We help adults and adolescents who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, the effects of trauma and issues that inhibit a fulfilling and rewarding life. We work with you to address your unique needs and goals. 

Approaching your situation with curiosity and respect, we learn your story and help you to make sense of it. We also have training in a specialized form of therapy called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which assists people with severe emotional dysregulation. 

LifeWork also provides presentations, workshops and classes about mindfulness, the biology of emotions, parenting skills, regulating emotions, emotional dysregulation, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and implementing any of the skills in your setting. We will come to your workplace to help you and your staff learn more about any of these topics, and can create a presentation specifically for your needs.

"LifeWork was formed because we saw DBT working in a community mental health setting and it was not offered in the private sector. If you received state funding, you had the possibility of getting a really effective treatment. If you did not, you really could not access it."  
         Jeff Brenneman, LCSW Founder and Director of Program Development

For this reason, combined with compassion for people living in intense emotional pain, led to forming LifeWork, LLC in 2010. In 2008 the Department of Mental Health in Missouri (DMH) began to recognize the need for practitioners to provide DBT. DMH employed the services of Ronda Reitz, Ph.D., who trained and worked for years with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., creator of DBT. Through DMH and independently, LifeWork's founders received extensive training in this evidence-based treatment. LifeWork owes a great debt of gratitude to the State of Missouri for seeing the need for this treatment across the state and bringing in a top expert to lead the way.

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