Diana Rigdon MS, LPC,
Diana’s approach to working with clients is a Client Centered Approach. She believes that most clients have the answers to their problems within themselves, but these solutions are often obscured by stress, low self-esteem, grief and loss, and many other factors that get in the way of clear seeing. Diana adopts a collaborative style with clients and likes to work alongside individuals as a member of a team, honoring clients’ expertise about who they are and what may work for them. She has collected a variety of tools over her more than 20 years in the field of mental health that she offers in order to tackle problems from several directions. Focusing on non-judgmental and strength-based support, Diana encourages clients to take an active part in making positive life changes.
Diana recognizes that childhood events and past relationships influence us in ways we often don’t realize. She helps individuals decide which patterns are useful and how to reinforce them and which habitual patterns are causing problems and need to be discarded. Some of the strategies Diana can offer to clients are ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) EMDR, Hypnotherapy, and Positive Psychology. Her extensive training in DBT enables her to teach effective skills to eliminate self-harm, suicidal ideation, and risky behavior and to help those who have problems regulating their emotions.
Mindfulness based therapy is one of Diana’s specialties and she supports the Mindfulness Meditation groups (located under the 'Services' tab) on Wednesdays and Sundays at the St. Louis Wellness Center where clients and the larger community can learn mindfulness through meditation and group discussion. Diana has a passion for the intersection between brain science, contemplation and psychotherapy, and offers her clients who are interested, the newest research on these subjects and how they can be combined to effect positive change. In the spring of 2016 Diana will be offering an interactive workshop called "Happiness through Mindfulness and Neuroscience".
Diana has more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Having worked in a community mental health agency treating clients with depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), Diana is comfortable collaborating with clients’ psychiatrists and is familiar with medication issues that can crop up
Diana earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Marriage, Child and Family Counseling from San Jose State University in California. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri.
Diana accepts Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Healthlink. She also accepts self-pay.