Gwin Stewart, Ph.D., CRAADC Licensed Psychologist and Certified Advanced Substance Abuse Counselor

Dr. Gwin Stewart is extensively trained and experienced as both a psychologist and a substance abuse counselor. She uses her understanding of both areas to help you explore your concerns, develop understanding, and ultimately take control of your behaviors. The result of this process is a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. In order to engage in this process, Gwin uses the wisdom of your own body, mind, and spirit; gently guiding you to discover the answers that seem so far out of reach and locked away. She teaches you how to listen and understand yourself: As a result, you don’t become dependent on her or therapy for your own happiness. In addition to your own goals for therapy, you will likely also learn to leave the past behind, not worry about the future, and live freely in the present.

Gwin’s style is interactive and authentic; she is supportive, genuine, and real. Her blend of wisdom and compassion has been described as “not being afraid to go into difficult or dark places while shining a light of hope and understanding for me.”

Experience

Gwin specializes in a number of separate and combined concerns people bring to therapy. Some of them include:

Trauma and Violence: childhood and adulthood - physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, ritual abuse, torture, bullying, rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and having experienced natural disasters.  Gwinworks with all aspects of trauma, current and past, victims and offenders.
Addictions: both process and chemical – alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs, sex, eating and not-eating, self-injury. Gwin works with people currently using, in early recover, and in longer-term recovery; with moderation, abstinence, and questioning. Gwin is in relationship with local treatment centers and happy to facilitate transition of care if a different level of care is required.

Life Transitions and Life Meaning: preparing for or having undergone changes such as moving, career and school changes, college preparation, partnership or business adjustments, aging, and questions such as “What’s the point of all this?” “What am I doing with my life?” “Is this where I thought I’d be in my life?” and “Why do I feel so (lost, sad, confused, empty, different)?”

Giftedness: many people who are gifted don’t realize this about themselves, but have felt different than others throughout their lives. Your school grades or success are not necessarily an indicator of your giftedness. If you have questions about your processing, learning, and interaction styles, this might be an area to explore.

Meditation: “working with your own mind” is a simple definition of meditation. Research describing the positive effects of learning and using this age-old tool is growing daily. Recent studies look at the power of self-directed attention that changes brain function as it relates to depression, anxiety, childhood and adulthood ADHD, alcohol and drug abuse, aggression, and self-esteem. Gwin teaches several styles of meditation and offers a weekly drop-in Shambhala Buddhist meditation group open to all, which meets Sundays 11:30-1:00 p.m.

Psychological Orientation Hide
Informing Gwin’s view of therapy is the psychological orientation Psycho-synthesis. Developed by Roberto Assagioli in the early 1900’s, he conceived psycho-synthesis as a model for understanding how the human being integrates the many aspects of personality into increasing wholeness. As an existential psychology, psycho-synthesis allows opportunity for people to question and understand the nature of the healthy personality and to work toward one’s own highest good.
Some tools commonly used in psychosynthesis psychotherapy include:

“Subpersonalities” those patterns of experience, feelings, and behavior that have developed over time that we no longer even question or about which we no longer make conscious choices. Although we all have our own subpersonalities, we also generally don’t know much about them. The exploration of these often reduces internal conflict.

“Higher unconscious” described as our “higher potentials which seek to express themselves, but which we often repel and repress” (Assagioli, 1965, p.22). Work done with the higher unconscious is often hard to communicate. These are times when we sense deeper meaning in life, serenity, peace, even a  connection with ourselves and others or the cosmos. A strong repression of   our higher unconscious leads toward an uninspired life; conversely, an unrepressed higher unconscious can bring back natural joy and luminosity to your life.

“Self identification”a wonderful quote by Assagioli describes it best, “we are dominated by everything with which our self becomes identified. We can dominate and control everything from which we dis-identify ourselves.” In order to develop our personalities most effectively, we need a solid understanding and connection with our minds, feelings, and bodies. It is in this discovery that we develop a self identification so we can then also dis-identify and be freed of our trappings and obsessions.

“Will” in psychosynthesis we consider every choice or decision we make to be an act of will. Even when we don’t realize we made the choice, we have. It is this dynamic energy that we call will power – if we consciously connect with it, we have the ability to be and do whatever we wish. We talk about and teach six clear stages to engaging in an act of will. 

Psycho-synthesis is more of an attitude than a particular set of tools. As such, people are free to incorporate other psychological orientations into the therapy process. Gwin also uses cognitive-behavioral, body movement, dynamic, object relations, and mindfulness techniques in therapy alongside psycho-synthesis.   

Current Responsibilities Hide
Gwin engages in individual and group psychotherapy, supervises therapists for licensure, consults with other professionals, presents publicly, teaches as adjunct faculty at Washington University and guides ShambhalaBuddhist Meditation. She is the Director of the St. Louis Wellness Center.

Gwin’s experience prior to creating the St. Louis Wellness Center has been varied and indispensable. Some of them include:
            Psychiatric Hospitals – both private and public

            Medical Hospitals – psychiatric units, addictions units, and emergency rooms

            Community Mental Health – case management, outpatient therapist, dual diagnosis programs

            Addictions Treatment – inpatient, outpatient, SATOP, methadone treatment, drug court, dual diagnosis programs

            Prison Systems – Federal Bureau of Prisons, MO State Department of Corrections

            Academic Settings – University of Pittsburgh, Washington University, invited speaker to many local high schools and colleges

Education

Ph.D Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky,Lexington, KY. Awarded August 1999.

APA-approved doctoral program in Counseling Psychology.

APA-approved doctoral internship at University of Pittsburgh’s Student Counseling Service.

Dissertation: Gender Roles and Safer Sex Among College Women.

M.A. Clinical PsychologyUniversityof Dayton, Dayton, OH. Awarded August, 1994.

Thesis: European American Women in Group Empowerment Therapy: Experiences and Meaning of Power.

 
B.A. Psychology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. Awarded May, 1987.

 

STATE OF MISSOURI, STATE COMMITTEE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS

Licensed Psychologist

MISSOURI SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS’ CERTIFICATION BOARD, INC.

Certified Advanced Substance Abuse Counselor

Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND RECIPROCITY CONSORTIUM ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ABUSE, INC.

Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

MISSOURI SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORS’ CERTIFICATION BOARD, INC.

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor II

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Certified HIV Prevention Counselor

 

American Psychological Association

Missouri Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

Psychotherapy St. Louis

Shambhala International

Shambhala  St. Louis

St. Louis Psychological Association

 

Payment Options

Gwin is considered an “out-of-network” provider by insurance companies and will provide you with necessary paperwork and a diagnosis in order for you to receive insurance reimbursement for her services. Should you prefer to keep your psychotherapy private from your insurance company, Gwin will accept your private payment. For her services you may pay by cash, credit card, or check.

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314.724.0503

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425 Marshall Ave

Webster Groves, MO 63119