Karen Gniadek, PLPC
During the 13 years I spent working as a middle school special education teacher, I realized almost all students want to please others and learn. When they are hindered by difficulties of attention, learning, or mood, school becomes overwhelming. The result of a teen’s emerging independence and physical changes combined with this frustration can result in family upheaval. As a therapist, I can work as a neutral party with families to help navigate these sometimes-treacherous waters.
I use a multi-faceted therapeutic approach that takes into account the differences within each individual. I seek to help each client to recognize his/her strengths while learning new self-help strategies that will help ensure a more successful future.
I also have extensive experience with the special education process including assessment and official meetings. I have a special interest in students with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning Autism/Aspergers, dyslexia, learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression. What makes getting appropriate help for students more complicated is the fact that these “labels” rarely occur alone. This is precisely why I advocate for individuals, not a label. I am able to support parents in an honest, practical manner to help them work with schools.
I also specialize in recognize signs of dyslexia. I am trained to both speak about and screen for dyslexia through Susan Barton’s Bright Solutions for Dyslexia organization.
Please contact us to set up an appointment or a free 15-minute phone consultation to determine how I can best meet your needs.
Karen is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counseling in the State of Missouri under the clinical supervision of Andrea Schramm, LPC (MO #2013041567).