Nicole Rhodes, LCSW

Therapist in St. Louis, MO

 Grief   

Specialties

Chronic Illness

 Life Transitions

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss – a consequence of being human.  While grief is “normal”, it’s not necessarily easy.  This normal/not easy situation can be made even more complicated with messages from family, friends, colleagues, and culture implying that you’re somehow “doing it wrong” (you’re not), should be “over it” (let’s avoid the “shoulds”, shall we?), or could be better if you “just don’t think about it” (wrong).  How annoying!

As a clinical social worker specializing in grief and loss, I am comfortable sitting with individuals experiencing the normal, not easy, complicated, and ever-changing feelings associated with grieving a death, relationship, illness, unfulfilled dreams, move, and more.  I can provide a listening ear, a space to feel, and perhaps an eye-roll to accompany the latest platitude from the next cubicle over (you won’t hear “it happened for a reason” from me).  Together we can identify coping skills that have worked well for you in the past and develop a creative plan to tackle the days when those old skills aren’t as effective. 

You might be wondering, “if grief is normal, then what’s the point of grief counseling?”  Great question.  While most people can benefit from working with a counselor at some point in their life, grief counseling can be especially helpful if you grieve a loss and …

Find it difficult to focus

Are exhausted

Feel alone

Cry often, unexpectedly

Experience significant changes in your eating or sleep patterns

Are asking

How long will I feel like this?

Am I doing it wrong?

Is it okay to laugh again?  Will I laugh again?

When will I “get over it?”  Do I want to be “over it?”  

What’s the meaning in all of this? 

Are wondering

 

What do I do with his stuff?

How do I support my children? 

How I do move forward?

Just want to talk about it … Sometimes it’s that simple.  There’s nothing wrong with this – nothing pathological, nothing to be diagnosed, nothing to be “treated” or “fixed.”  And, because grief isn’t linear with defined starting & ending points, you may find that you want to talk about your grief soon after someone dies or years down the road.  Maybe both – and that’s okay. 

Whatever your reasons for pursuing grief counseling, I’m here to hear your story, affirm my belief in you truly doing the best you can, and work together towards a future where you feel okay to laugh again.  

If you’re the person who is living with a chronic or terminal illness, I’m here for you, too.  We can discuss your fears, vision for your days ahead, and your legacy.  We can also reimagine what hope means for your future.

The relationship you have with your counselor can greatly inform your experience with counseling.  Here’s a bit more about me: 

I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri.  A “happy accident” in graduate school led to practicum (internship for social workers) with a pediatric hospice in St. Louis, MO.  This initial “plan B” launched a career dedicated to supporting individuals with chronic & terminal illness and those who grieve.  My professional & volunteer work with a community-based, child-focused grief center, oncology support groups, and hospice inform my person-centered approach to care.  While I deeply value my formal education, I know that the real experts are people like you.  Thank you for considering sharing your story with me.  

At the end of the day, I’m the product of a small town that enjoys distance running, cooking, live concerts and sports (can I get a “Let’s Go Blues!”?), and most of all, time with family.  

Begin Counseling with STL Therapist, Nicole Rhodes

Getting started with counseling in our Ballwin, MO counseling clinic is easy! We can also chat via telehealth for online therapy in Missouri and online therapy in Illinois. Taking this first step toward therapy is a big deal, so give yourself credit!  Just follow these simple steps and we will get started.

  1. Contact Marble Wellness to schedule an appointment

  2. Chat with our team, your STL therapists​

  3. Start to live a more confident, centered and connected life, today

Other Mental Health Services at Marble Wellness

At Marble Wellness, our goal is simple: Counseling services in St. Louis, MO designed to help set you on a path of living a more fulfilled, calm, and happy life. We specialize in anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness, therapy for men, couples,  and maternal overwhelm. We can also help new moms with various postpartum concerns,  moms in the thick of parenting, and moms with teens. We can also chat from wherever you are in the state with online therapy in Missouri  and online therapy in Illinois. No matter where you are in your journey, we would love to support you.

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Stephanie Korpal, M.Ed., LPC

Owner & Therapist

Counseling to Nurture Your Emotional Health

Serving Clients in Missouri and Illinois

301 Sovereign Ct, Suite 115, Ballwin, MO 63011

Email: hello@marblewellness.com | Phone: 636-234-3052

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