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Jerry Waggoner, M. Div., M. Ed., LPC

Jerry Waggoner, M. Div., M. Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

In 63050 - Nearby to De Soto.

Jerry offers counsel based on things he practices in his own life and marriage and has found to be effective, that are Biblically SOUND and that are consistent with reliable research findings. He seeks never simple to apply a Christian veneer to secular thinking.

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Residents of De Soto enjoy the small town feel, while being relatively close to the bright lights of St. Louis. For a fun family outing, consider headed over to the Sandy Creek Bridge State Park, where you can examine one of only four remaining covered bridges in Missouri. If something active is your style, take the kids to Washington State Park, where you can roam the nearly 2,000 acres of forested area on hiking trails, or enjoy swimming, fishing, or canoeing in the lake.1 For big city excitement, travel an hour north to St. Louis to check out the Gateway Arch and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The city also has many free attractions for families, including the museum of art, the zoo, and the science center.

Mental Health in De Soto

Various agencies in the De Soto area offer support groups for individuals who have a mental illness. The Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group provided by St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis is an ongoing meeting open to consumers, parents, caregivers, and professionals to learn more about overcoming the symptoms associated with these disorders. In addition to providing time to share in each others' experiences, each meeting also has a question and answer session so consumers can learn valuable information from experts.2 Individuals who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, or another eating disorder can participate in the Eating Disorder Support Group offered by McCallum Place. This group is open to anyone in the community who seeks professional guidance and peer support as they work to overcome their illness. Groups meet on a weekly basis and are facilitated by a licensed clinician.3 For further details about these groups, contact St. Luke's Hospital at 314-205-6100 or McCallum Place at 314-968-1900.

Current Initiatives

The Missouri Department of Mental Health has undertaken two initiatives aimed at improving the mental health of the state's residents. The Suicide Prevention Program is designed to better inform the public about underlying issues that cause suicidal ideation, such as low self-esteem, family troubles, and bullying. The initiative also outlines steps that citizens can take to help reduce the occurrence of suicide, including reducing the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment.4 The state's Trauma Initiative helps local mental health providers devise plans to better serve individuals who have experienced abuse, neglect, exploitation, or other forms of suffering. The goal of the initiative is to improve services to trauma victims in order to help them effectively overcome the life events that caused their suffering. Without effective treatment, continued distress is likely, including ongoing mental health issues, aggressive behaviors, and suicidal thoughts.5


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2. St. Luke's Hospital. (2017). Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group. Retrieved from
3. McCallum Place. (2017). Discharge/Aftercare. Retrieved from
4. Missouri Department of Mental Health. (2017). Suicide Prevention: Get Involved. Retrieved from
5. Missouri Department of Mental Health. (2017). Trauma Initiative. Retrieved from

De Soto is located in Jefferson County, Missouri. It has a land area of 4.30 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of De Soto is 6,495 people with 2,732 households and a median annual income of $35,500. .

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Counseling in this region can be difficult to afford for many people without insurance. Most people in De Soto are not able to commit to a weekly therapy session without proper budgeting. The good news is that counselors in De Soto may offer sliding scale fees or low cost options. Insurance may cover your sessions as well. Talk to your therapist to learn more. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local De Soto public health department.