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Mary Fitzgibbons, Ph.D.

Mary Fitzgibbons

I am a licensed psychologist and the director of West County Psychological Associates (WCPA). I began this practice in 1986 after having worked in education for twenty years. Previously, I had been an elementary teacher, and then a counselor and Guidance Director at Lafayette High School.

Because of my familiarity with working with elementary and secondary schools, we, at WCPA, began working extensively with numbers of schools in the form of training and consulting with administrators and teachers through Care Teams, doing presentations for parents in regard to effective child rearing and consulting with various business and educational groups. I have also taught counseling/psychology classes at Webster University, Fontbonne University, the University of Colorado, and the University of San Francisco. 

One of the great joys of my life has been being able to practice therapy in a way that I believe has long-lasting and effective results. I believe that a good therapist never stops learning. I also believe that the efficacy of therapy comes from the relationship between the therapist and the client. The therapeutic relationship is the basis of what creates change. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults, seniors, and couples. My hope is that this work has been helpful to my clients. I am fortunate in that it has also given me great satisfaction.

Amy Maus, MSW, LCSW

Amy Maus

I specialize in services to schools, including work within public, private, and parochial schools serving students of all ages. Frequently, I provide training to school staff, presentations for parent groups, and consultation and training for Care Teams. A particular joy of mine is providing presentations and workshops to school-related groups of all sizes. I also lead monthly consultation groups for area school principals, and serve as an on-site school social worker for schools that contract for weekly services. Working with students of all ages, their families and school staff has been the focus of my clinical work.

In addition to my work with schools, I am trained to and provide psychoeducational testing services for students age 6 years and older, focusing on issues related to ADHD, depression and anxiety, behavioral problems, and learning differences. Please see our Psychological Testing page for more information.

Amy Neu, MSW, LCSW

Amy Neu

I provide private therapy for adults, older adults, and caregivers who are facing a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, coping with medical issues, dementia, and end of life.  I meet with clients for sessions in the office, virtually, or in-home/on-site depending on each client’s need. Traditional Medicare does cover psychotherapy, and I am a contracted provider. 

In addition to my work with individual clients, I provide on-site counseling, consultation, and education to staff throughout the continuum of senior living communities and home care agencies. I love speaking with professionals across disciplines about mental health and aging. Grief work is another passion of mine, and I facilitate groups for those experiencing grief and loss.

Murisa Begic-Gusic, Psy. D.

Murisa Begic Gusic

I am a licensed psychologist and provide comprehensive psychological evaluations and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adult clients. I have extensive experience working with clients dealing with a wide range of pathology including mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, personality disorders, and trauma. I provide comprehensive psychological evaluations including diagnostic, psychoeducational, pre-adoption, disability, and clergy evaluations.

Lauren Chacón, LMSW

Lauren Chacón

With a robust background in individual, family, and group therapy, I bring unique experience and cultural sensitivity to the mental health landscape. I have previously worked in a non-profit outpatient setting, where I navigated the complexities of providing therapy to individuals and families of various cultures and backgrounds. My expertise extends to working in a hospital-based intensive outpatient program where I provided mental health services to adolescents and their families, facilitating therapeutic interventions within a group context.

While adept in addressing a spectrum of ages, my passion lies in working with adolescents and young adults, guiding them through the complexities of this transformative life stage. Grounded in experiential therapy modalities, such as Emotion-Focused Therapy and Internal Family Systems, I integrate empathy, cultural sensitivity, and experience-based techniques into my therapeutic approach, empowering clients to explore and heal from within.


  • “The Impact of Immigration-Related Separation and Reunification on Children’s Education: Evidence from the American Community Survey 2010-2018” by Cartwright & Chacón
  • “Body Composition Outcomes of Healthy Fit and the Role of Acculturation among Low-Income Hispanics on the US-Mexico Border” by Huerta, Chacón, Vasquez, & Brown
  • “Take Off Pounds Sensibly: A self-help and mutual support organization” by Chacón, Corral, & Brown

Angela Cook, BSW, MSW, LCSW

Angela Cook

I have over 25 years of clinical social work experience assisting individuals, families, and couples to find peace within themselves and their relationships.  Through extensive training and expertise, I enjoy helping clients empower themselves in successfully resolving issues related to: trauma, attention deficit, anxiety, relationship discord, depression, OCD, and emotion regulation. I integrate the following evidence-based treatment modalities as needed: Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Stimulation, and Trauma Focused – CBT. I also provide presentations on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

I strive to establish a powerful, therapeutic, nonjudgmental alliance built on compassion and respect which in turn helps the collaborative process be much more individualized and strength-based.

Julia Covilli, MSW, LMSW

Julia Osborne

With mental health experience working with a multitude of populations, I currently am accepting clients with all clinical issues. I have enjoyed working with adolescent clients in the clinical and school settings, dealing in large part with school-related anxiety, and adult clients as well. My professional passions include individual, couples, and family therapy. Employing evidence-based practices, I frequently utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, to best suit my client’s needs. 

In addition to my schooling and ongoing training, I am receiving weekly supervision from a clinician who specializes in aging populations and grief work, which has been an invaluable resource.  

Bryan Duckham, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Bryan Duckham

I have been in practice for over 30 years treating individuals and couples. While I specialize in working with those struggling with depression and anxiety, I also enjoy working with couples who are experiencing conflict or want to enhance their relationship. My Ph.D. is from Loyola University-Chicago with a heavy emphasis on theory, especially psychodynamic, narrative, and family systems. However, I am very eclectic in my approach and can use behavioral and cognitive approaches as well as a depth psychology approach that seeks to heal underlying conflicts or ambivalences that are fueled by unresolved feelings and needs.

I have worked in a variety of outpatient mental health and treatment programs, including St. Anthony’s Hyland Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and I was the director of the FlexCare Treatment Program. In addition to maintaining my practice at West County Psychological Associates, I was an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University before retiring in 2019 to devote more time to my practice.

Donna Garcia, MA, MS

Donna Garcia

As a former teacher, principal, and assistant professor, I work with schools who would like to strengthen their school environments in a variety of areas. I provide educational consulting services and professional development for principals and faculty, and workshops for students and parents. Workshops and professional development are tailored to meet the needs of individual schools. My training includes cultural competence, parenting cafes, and suicide prevention, to name a few. I am presently working on combining my previous educational experience with the world of social work.

Kimberley Gentile, Psy. D., LPC

Kimberley Gentile

I earned my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. I specialize in working with couples on relationship concerns, as well as sexual addiction, infidelity and sex therapy. In addition, I work with clients experiencing eating disorders, issues post-bariatric surgery, depression and anxiety. My philosophy involves welcoming clients into a comfortable therapeutic alliance infused with respect, trust, compassion, and a bit of humor. The therapeutic techniques I use include cognitive behavioral therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing, and family systems therapy. My passions center around collaborating with clients by supporting them in gaining more adaptive and healthier coping skills to pursue greater happiness and control over their lives.