Tori Kaase, LCSW
Meeting with clients, I strive to genuinely learn who they are and what they want so that I can help them reach their objectives. Having seen how our self-doubts and assumptions hold us back from living our best lives, I team up with clients to erode those barriers. I approach counseling as a partnership where together we find and build internal strengths and develop new skills and paradigms to improve life and solve problems. To me, the counseling relationship is a true collaboration where therapist and client work together, not a situation where the counselor is seen as the expert in all things and the client is seen as broken or helpless. Since creating a strong foundation is crucial in effective therapy, I strive to earn the trust of each client by offering a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental space that allows us to focus on change. To effectively support the differences in each person and situation, I utilize a variety of evidence-based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies as well as Solution Focused, Client Centered, and Problem Solving interventions.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Illinois and Missouri. I received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University. I began my career over twenty years ago working with children and families involved in the foster care system. It was there I learned that people facing immense challenges can thrive with the right combination of supports. Since that time I have been privileged to work with individuals and families struggling with eating disorders, substance addictions, depression and anxiety. I have helped individuals in both outpatient and inpatient settings with issues ranging from mild symptoms affecting their happiness to living with disabling and severe mental illness. Many years as a school social worker and counselor provided valuable experience working with adolescents in both regular and special education. I have professional and personal experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum and a special interest in helping those families with the many challenges they face.
Phone: 618-248-2040 x25
- Teens (14-17)
- Adults (18+)
Areas of Focus
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Confidence / Self-Esteem
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eating Disorder
- Intellectual and Learning Disabilities
- Mood Disorders
- Stress Management
- Substance Use
- Workplace Issues
- Individual counseling in an agency and private-practice setting.
- School social worker to grades 7-12 providing crisis intervention, short-term counseling, assessment, resources, and groups.
- Individual, group, and family counseling at an inpatient behavioral health hospital.
Education and Credentials
L.C.S.W. in Illinois (What's This?)
M.S.W. from Saint Louis University
B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University