Empower myself and others with tools to heal from trauma, so together we live in a state of contribution and joy.
Create a world where people treat each other, and especially children, with gentleness and dignity.
I believe your health and happiness directly impacts your ability to express love and to give your unique gifts to the world.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri. I earned my Master’s degree at St. Louis University. Over the past eleven years I have worked in a wide range of therapeutic settings including: Child Advocacy Center, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center for children and a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center.
My specialties include working with individuals that may be experiencing anxiety, compassion fatigue, career difficulties, parenting and relationship struggles. I excel in building motivation, self-esteem, confidence and professional coaching.
I will provide a safe, healing space for you to express your thoughts, feelings and goals. Together we will find strategies and tools to enable you to live your life with joy and meaning. I look forward to supporting you in your healing, happiness and contribution to the world.
Cherisse Thibaut earned her Masters in Social Work from St.Louis University and holds a Clinical Licensure (LCSW). She began her career as a child advocate at a Child Advocacy Center. Then advanced into the position of Prevention Specialist and Liaison for the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at Missouri KidsFirst. To work more closely with children, Cherisse worked as a supervisor in both a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center for children and a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center for adolescence. She returned to Missouri KidsFirst in the position of Prevention Manager. Cherisse has trained over 7,000 individuals in the topics of preventing and responding to child abuse/neglect and preventing and healing vicarious trauma. Currently, Cherisse is a child abuse and neglect prevention consultant, Board Member of Missouri Children’s Trust Fund and the owner of LoveWorks LLC.
From a very young age, I just wanted to help people. The Social Work profession was a natural fit and I pursued it with vigor. I quickly discovered that people did not want my “help”, they wanted my acceptance and presence. When my intention changed from “helping” to “accepting” my interactions with everyone that I came into contact with become nothing short of a miracle. I no longer felt the pressure to “solve” a problem and I was no longer distracted by own judgements and agenda. Ironically, once I let go of my ego’s urge to help, I become profoundly more helpful to others.
I wondered, "could I apply this effective approach to my life, internally?" Believing for so long that to be happy I had to figure out what was wrong with me and fix it. I labeled, criticized, judged, and punished myself so that I could fix what was wrong with me, knowing this would make me happy. Of course, that did not work, it just caused more suffering and stress than ever before.
People are not problems to be solved. Once we give ourselves acceptance and presence miracles begin to occur. And that is exactly what is happening in my life. In every area of my life I practice asking, "How do I respond with love?," because it works… Love works!