Tori Cullen, LCSW

Counseling Approach

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


Location: Maryville


  • Teens  (14-17)
  • Adults (18+)

Areas of Focus

  • ADHD
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Codependency
  • Confidence / Self-Esteem
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Intellectual and Learning Disabilities
  • Grief
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Use
  • Workplace Issues

Professional Experience

  • 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