Annette Jansen, Plpc
314.925.2634 Ext. 705
230 S. Bemiston Avenue, Suite 1006, Clayton, MO 63105
Sometimes life is quite messy and can take a long time to adapt to change. Asking for help
Isn’t always easy, but is often a necessary catalyst to persevere through grief, life changes, and
traumatic events. Finding someone to help you along this journey can be intimidating,
especially if you have never sought out therapy before. My hope is that you can stay open
minded in your search for the counselor who pushes you to stretch for a new way of thinking
and coping that will bring about whole healing and the change you desire.
I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Truman State, and my Masters in
Counseling from Lindenwood University. While I am currently a Provisionally Licensed
Professional Counselor at Sonder Counseling in Clayton since May of 2021, I bring almost a
decade of experience working with survivors of trauma amongst the First Responder
Community, specifically related to Line of Duty Deaths. More recently my focus
and interest has included Post Traumatic Stress of active/retired First
Responders and their families. I understand that being a First Responder is
often more like a life style than a career, having lived this lifestyle myself for
many years. I served as a 911 Dispatcher for 14 years, and I was married to a K-9 Police
Officer for nearly 10 years before he was killed in line of duty. The stresses of this lifestyle not
only impacts the individuals who chose this path, but all of their loved ones. I have served on
the Board of Missouri Concerns Police Survivors, and have led many support groups for
spouses, parents, siblings, and children/adult children of Officer’s killed in the line of duty.
My other interests include working with individuals and families struggling to find
balance, coping strategies, and resources when living with and/or supporting a
family member with a disability. Disabilities can have many faces. Some
disabilities are visible and some are unseen, such as mental illness, autism,
chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, cognitive impairment or traumatic brain
injury to name a few. Again, these situations produce a domino effect and
impact not only the individual, but all of the caretakers involved. The feelings of
hopelessness and isolation can be very overwhelming…but it does not have to
be that way.
Depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, transitional adaptation, and just generalized
stress are all areas where I feel confident collaborating with you on improving
the functionality of life. Developing rapport and a counseling relationship where
you feel safe to express any and all of life’s issues without fear of judgment is
my number one priority. My approach is client based and eclectic in nature, but
ultimately I desire to share a working relationship that relies on talk therapy, CBT, DBT, and
mindfulness techniques, applying coping strategies, and goal management. In the next few
months, I intend to be EMDR trained, and have more training in Complex Trauma. I cannot
accept insurance while provisionally licensed, but I do offer a sliding scale. Not all counselors
are a good fit, and I’m saddened to know that many stop looking because the connection
wasn’t right. If this is you, don’t give up. Keep looking because you are worth it.
Unable to accept insurance at this time.
After hour appointments, services to adults, children, and families.