Lawrence, Oliver & Associates
Queer Owned
Mental Health Provider
Phone: 573-214-0436

Lawrence, Oliver & Associates


Chris Lawrence & Associates, LLC.
201 West Broadway, Building 2, Suite F Columbia MO, 65201

Sunday: Closed - Closed
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Tuesday: Closed - Closed
Wednesday: Closed - Closed
Thursday: Closed - Closed
Friday: Closed - Closed
Saturday: Closed - Closed

Counseling Services

Individual Counseling

Successful individual counseling begins with the development of a confidential, trusting relationship. Your therapist will spend as much time as necessary to learn about your perspective and beliefs regarding the issues that bring you to counseling. Based on information gathered during this assessment, you and your therapist will establish goals for the counseling process. This will allow you to recognize and track your progress. Goals for therapy often include identifying more effective coping strategies for stress, developing more self-compassion and practicing new behaviors.

Couples/Marital Counseling

The decision to initiate couples counseling demonstrates the partners’ commitment to the health of the relationship. Couples counseling starts with an initial commitment and supports each individual’s efforts to communicate and gain a better understanding of one another. Couples counseling is a safe place to explore areas where you and your partner tend to have conflict. Working with a therapist while exploring these issues can change entrenched patterns of communication and facilitate growth for the individuals as well as the couple. Valuable skills are developed as a results of focusing on the following goals:

  • Effective communication strategies
  • Learning to take personal responsibility in the relationship
  • Successful negotiation of conflict
  • Utilizing successes to address unresolved areas of concern
  • Nurturing attachment, intimacy and connection

The healthy skills that are refined can be utilized to address specific issues. While partners may initiate couples counseling to resolve a particular issue, the knowledge gained has lifelong benefits and will continue to service the relationship far into the future.

Child and Adolescent Therapy

Working with children and adolescents is a specialty. We have several clinicians who have training and experience with this specific population. As parents/guardians you will be included in your child’s treatment from the beginning. Our therapists will conduct an assessment – either with the parents alone or with the parents and child, depending on the age of the child and the circumstances of the referral. The clinician will give you feedback about their initial recommendations and it is up to you to decide if you feel comfortable with that plan. After beginning therapy, your child’s therapist will keep you informed about treatment plan goals, progress and suggestions for how you can support your child. Therapy with children tends to be active – utilizing toys, puppets, games, books, art and other activities. This helps children communicate without being pressured to “talk”. We have many resources available in our clinic and our clinicians are creative and skilled. Each uses a variety of techniques including play therapy, sand tray therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Art Therapy.

Coaching Services

Coaching is a collaborative relationship between a trained professional and a client for the purpose of achieving short-term and long-term goals. There are several types of coaching available. Our services focus on a specific types of coaching that target desired changes in the areas of parenting, substance abuse and addictions. The focus of coaching is not on exploring mental health issues, previous life events or family dynamics. Instead, the focus is on clearly identifying desired changes sought and putting practices into action to implement those changes. Coaching support is typically done by phone in order to provide suggestions or solutions at or near the time that decisions need to be made.

Parent Coaching

Parenting is a challenging and ever-changing role. Parent coaching involves a collaborative relationship in which the primary purpose is to provide parents with the support and tools needed to effectively respond to the challenges of parenting. It can also assist parents in developing mindful parenting responses and builds on the strengths of the parent/child relationship.

Parent coaching is appropriate for families with children of all ages. Parents of young children often find coaching useful in dealing with specific behavioral issues. Parents of adolescents utilize coaching to help negotiate conflicts regarding rules, structure and discipline. Coaching can assist with making decisions in the moment and setting and maintaining boundaries at difficult points in time. For example, parents of younger children might use coaching when a temper tantrum is imminent. Parents of adolescents may use parent coaching when alcohol or drug use is suspected or when a rule or boundary has been violated.
COVID-19 Information
We want to meet your needs during this stressful and disorienting time. As a result of the COVID19 outbreak, we are conducting therapy and coaching with tele-health sessions. While unfamiliar for some, tele-health has been remarkably beneficial to many.

Most insurance plans have agreed to reimburse for these sessions. Please call us at 573-214-0436 or fill out our referral form on this website to schedule services. Then call the customer service number on your insurance card to make sure that tele-health is covered by your specific plan.
We can answer any questions that you may have about telehealth when we speak by phone or respond to your online referral.
Thank you very much. Stay healthy.

Sincerely, Chris Lawrence, Ph.D. SEP and Kim Oliver, MSW, LCSW – Co-Owners
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