225 S. Meramec Avenue, Suite 932T, Clayton MO 63105

Urban Balance St. Louis - Clayton is a team of trusted, independent and licensed practitioners that provide insurance-friendly therapy. Take advantage of confidential counseling services for families, individuals, groups and couples in and around St. Louis Missouri. We offer you or a loved one a wide variety of counseling services that include:

  • Anxiety Treatment and Depression Treatment
  • Marriage Counseling and Couples Counseling
  • Drug Addiction and Other Addiction Treatment
  • Individual and Group Counselors and Therapists
  • Teen Counseling and Counseling for Children
  • Grief Counseling, Trauma Counseling and More

Urban Balance provides comprehensive therapy services for individuals – adults, adolescents and children – as well as couples, families and groups. Urban Balance is a group psychotherapy practice with a mission of making therapy accessible and affordable by accepting insurance from most insurance companies.

Because we believe diversity is rooted in strength, we happily celebrate diversity in our staff and clients. Thus, we promote an open and accepting community that welcomes all, thanks to a team of more than 150 licensed therapists working as independent practitioners out of 14 office locations. Each of our offices offer daytime, evening and weekend availability to enable increased access to quality therapy and counseling. Our therapists hail from a variety of therapeutic backgrounds and practices. Feel free to search by specialty. We look forward to helping you or a family member!

“Urban Balance in St. Louis - Clayton offers a complimentary 20-minute consultation with a therapist for first-time clients.”

Hours of Service:

  • Monday through Friday: 7AM – 9PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9AM – 5PM


Contact Urban Balance’s intake department at (888)726-7170 or intake@urbanbalance.com to schedule an appointment. We offer a complimentary 20 minute consultation with a therapist for first time clients.

Meet Our Therapists

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Kate O'Brien


Chelsea Alarcon, LPC

Chelsea Alarcon is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with adults, couples, adolescents and children. She strives to create a safe space for others to feel heard, understood, and accepted. She believes people can discover many new things about themselves in such a space, including the values that they want to shape their lives around and how to achieve their most value-centered life. Chelsea uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), expressive therapy, and client-centered therapy to meet the unique needs of each client. Chelsea’s clinical interests include relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and issues unique to the LGBTQ population. Chelsea earned her Masters degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.

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Anika Hannah


Adina Johnson, LPC

Adina Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Adina has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents with a wide range of presenting issues including grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, self-esteem, career issues, cultural adjustments, personality disorders, life transitions, and relationship concerns. Adina has training and experience in premarital therapy - focusing on communication, conflict resolution, personality types, family influences, stress, intimacy, and finances.

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Ashley Blake


Ashley Blake, LCSW

Ashley Blake is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with eight years experience helping adults and children improve their relationships, heal from grief and loss, and cultivate more fulfilling lives. With a background in various settings such as community mental health, residential treatment, schools and private practice, she has worked with a wide range of clients struggling with anxiety and depression, past traumas, interpersonal conflict, and major life transitions. Drawing from psychoanalytic, cognitive, and client-centered schools of thought, Ashley uses an eclectic approach to address the unique personalities of each of her clients, and takes true joy in working with clients with diverse backgrounds. She is also a lifelong student of philosophy and history and believes that there is wisdom to be found in the experiences of generations past. With a background in theater, Ashley especially enjoys working with creative or intellectual people searching for direction and meaning in their lives. She also has experience in business and understands the challenges that ambitious professionals often face.

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Lindsey Gischer


Daniel Pardikes, Clinical Intern

Daniel is a Clinical Intern studying at Northwestern University’s Family Institute. Daniel comes to Urban Balance with past experiences working in a community based agency and private practice. He has worked with adults experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, life transitions such as career change and divorce, and chronic mental illness. Daniel is uniquely attuned to family of origin conversations and maintains a strong affinity for the use of group therapy. Daniel’s approach is primarily psychodynamic with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialetical Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

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Rashid Muhammad


Allison Steckbeck, Clinical Intern

Allison Steckbeck is a clinical intern from the Counseling program at Northwestern University. During her first year as a graduate student, Allison trained at The Family Institute, working with a diverse range of clientele addressing issues involving depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, self-esteem, life transitions, and stress management. She will be continuing her graduate training at Urban Balance through offering individual, couple, and family counseling. Allison utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach that is rooted in her psychodynamic training foundation, while incorporating interventions from cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and solution focused theories.

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Karen Loethen


Karen Loethen, LCSW

Karen Loethen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with adults and adolescents through individual, couples, family, and group therapies. Karen earned her master’s degree in Social Work from St. Louis University’s School of Social Work in 1994. She has worked in the addictions field, in community mental health, inpatient and outpatient, in a full-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) milieu, dual diagnosis, case management, and renal social work. To address the goals and needs of each client, Karen uses components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and elements from a variety of other Client-Centered, Humanistic schools of practice. Karen is a member of the Secular Therapist Project. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, life transitions, parenting, adoption triad Issues, relationship Issues, self-harm, eating disorders, addiction, mindfulness, self-esteem and self-actualization, and religious/spirituality-based concerns. Karen believes in building a therapeutic relationship on authenticity, dignity, trust, and empowerment. She puts work, prep, and forethought into each session in order to make the time as useful as possible. She continuously develops her knowledge, skill, and understanding base in order to provide her clients with that which they are seeking: hope, healing, and wellness. She affirms that, through mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation skills, insight, education, and self-actualization, you will move towards the hope and change you have been looking for.

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Therese Chavaux Turnbull

Ph.D., LPC

Therese Chavaux Turnbull, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. Chavaux Turnbull is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. She has over 25 years of experience in various clinical settings, including outpatient counseling providing individual, group, martial and family services, inpatient treatment, crisis intervention and substance abuse, as well as serving in leadership roles such as Intake/Assessment Director, as a member of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team (St. Louis Region) and as an Employee Assistance Professional. Dr. Chavaux-Turnbull’s areas of interest include anxiety, mood disorders, attachment and relational issues, and adult development issues. She typically works from a strengths-based approach, such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Additionally, as an associate professor, she has taught various psychology courses at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level in counseling for 20 years. Dr. Chavaux Turnbull earned a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Saint Louis University; a Master’s degree in Counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Bachelor’s in Education from University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Gerald Bentley


Gerald Bentley, LPC

Gerald Bentley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults. He works to build a safe and caring relationship with clients and strives to facilitate growth, self-awareness, and healing. Gerald works with with a culturally diverse population and is an expert in counseling clients presenting with behavioral issues, mood disorders, relationship and family issues. While practicing at Urban Balance, Gerald also is a counselor for St. Louis City Public Schools. He uses reality therapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to assist clients in resolving issues. Gerald received his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University.

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