A community of Licensed WEllness Professionals.

Upcoming Trainings and Events​


Monthly Wine & Whine


Date: Second Monday of Every Month
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Location: The University Tower, 1034 S Brentwood Blvd, Suite 555, St. Louis, MO 63117
Cost: Free! Wine (or other beverage) donations are accepted, appreciated, but not required!
To Register: Click here (registration is required for each month's Wine & Whine that you wish to attend)

This free consultation team is designed for private practitioners in a wellness field who are feeling isolated in their private practices, wanting to network and connect with other professionals, and are seeking support and guidance around issues that private practitioners face. Attendees will enjoy a tasty beverage and helpful conversation and consultation with members of the Gateway Wellness Associates team and other wellness professionals from private practices in the St. Louis community. Discussions will include creating a sustainable private practice, navigating the business side of a practice, learning more about resources in the community, and consulting around work with clients. Please complete the form below for your first time attendance only.


Private Practice Start-Up Workshop Series ("First Fridays")


Date: The first Friday of each month beginning in January 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: The University Tower, 1034 S Brentwood Blvd, 2nd Floor West Conference Room, St. Louis, MO 63117
Cost: FREE to current renters at Gateway Wellness Associates (Registration required - seating is not guaranteed unless reserved). $40 investment per month for attendees who do not currently rent at Gateway Wellness Associates. 1.5 CEUs may be purchased for an additional $10 per session (via check made payable to Washington University)
To Learn more and Register: Click here


In these workshops each month, we will discuss a different topic to help you assess your readiness for private practice and/or the health of your practice. You will learn the ins and outs of owning and running a business. By participating in this series, you will find support while you pursue your career goals, and gain knowledge not offered in most clinical programs. Click here to learn more.


Play Therapy Trainings


Date: Sat, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The University Tower, 1034 S Brentwood Blvd, Suite 555, St. Louis, MO 63117
Cost: $40 Graduate Students, $50 general admission
To Register: Click here


Two APT Approved Play Therapy Trainings! Come to either GROUP PLAY THERAPY, SAND TRAY IN THERAPY, or come to BOTH and receive a $10 discount!

8:30: Registration

9:00-12:00: Group Play Therapy- Learn play-based activities to keep children and teens engaged to get the most out of group therapy with this interactive training!

12:00-1:00: Lunch on your own

1:00-4:00: Sand Tray in Therapy- Learn the basics of sand tray therapy, from the supplies needed to what questions to ask to process sand trays. Experience sand tray therapy with this hands-on workshop!​

This training is being offered by Katy Sebestik, LCSW, RPT with Playful Growth Counseling, LLC, a practice housed at Gateway Wellness Associates. 


EMDR Demystified


Date: Fri, April 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The University Tower, 1034 S Brentwood Blvd, Suite 555, St. Louis, MO 63117
Cost: $50 Graduate Students (enter promo code "STUDENT"), $60 general admission
To Register: Click here


  • Does EMDR (Eye Movement Desesitization and Reprocessing) really work?
  • How does EMDR work?
  • What type of patient is best suited for EMDR treatments?
  • Is getting trained to administer EMDR worth it for you?


EMDR is the most widely, quickly disseminated, and thoroughly researched, methods of psychotherapy to appear in recent times. EMDR is recognized as an evidence based method of treatment for PTSD by evaluating authorities including the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Veterans Administration/Department of Defense. Nonetheless, there are many misconceptions about what EMDR is, its theoretical base, and the nature of the supporting and critical research.

This presentation will describe and demonstrate EMDR, place it in a general theoretical context, and briefly summarize the current research. Participants will be presented with information to make informed choices about whether or not to pursue training, and which clients may be appropriate for referral for EMDR treatment. Though this workshop will not prepare participants to use EMDR itself, clinical features of EMDR will be taught which may become immediately helpful in clinical practice.

Presenter: Howard Lipke, PhD

Dr. Lipke is an Illinois licensed clinical psychologist. In 1990 he received EMDR training from Dr. Francine Shapiro, the originator of the method, and was the first person she authorized to independently train others. He has taught EMDR both nationally and internationally at workshops sponsored by organizations including Veterans Administration Medical Centers, The Department of Defense, UNICEF, and the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. 

Dr. Lipke has published extensively on EMDR, including the book, EMDR and Psychotherapy Integration. He has been an invited speaker at scientific and professional conferences including the American Psychological Association. He has been a research consultant on EMDR on several grants including to the Harvard Medical School, and the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Lipke is on the editorial board of the EMDR Journal of Practice and Research. He is retired from the Lovell Federal Health Care Center where he had been the director of the inpatient PTSD program for 7 years, and was most recently the team leader of the PTSD Clinical Team. He has also published the book Don't I Have the Right to Be Angry: The HEArt Program for Veterans and Others Who Want to Prevent Destructive Anger. Further information is available at HowardLipke.com.

Dr. Lipke’s presentation style is informal and interactive. In each session core concepts of the seminar are clearly presented, with amplification and emphasis evolving in each presentation based on the needs and interests of the participants, as well as developing science and clinical work in the field.