Jamila Dawkins, MA, LCSW

Jamila Dawkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has always had a heart for service. It was only fitting that she would choose a career dedicated to helping improve the lives of others. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Masters in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Over the last ten years Jamila has gained experience working in a number of settings that have equipped her with the skills, knowledge, and experience to join Renewed Hope Counseling.

She has facilitated individual and group therapy sessions for an intensive outpatient program, provided case management for at risk youth, served as a crisis intervention clinician for the crisis hotline, and worked in the education system as a school social worker. Many of the clients Jamila serves deal with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, trauma, and other life stressors. She works with individuals, couples, and families to improve their areas of concern. She especially enjoys working with teens and young adults as they navigate through the trials of life.

Jamila jokingly describes herself as a “Midwest Transplant” as she is from the Chicagoland area and lived in Saint Louis for quite some time, so don’t be alarmed by the accent!  She is passionate about mental health and believes therapy has a place in everyone’s life. She is excited that you are taking the first steps towards seeking therapy and hopes that she can be the partner you need to foster the change you desire.

Jamila's office hours and fees:

Mon-11 am-4 pm

Wed & Thurs 3 pm-6 pm

Self-pay fees:

Individual sessions: $100

Couple/Family session: $110

Jamila accepts the following insurance companies:

Cigna/Evernorth Behavioral Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield

United Healthcare/Optum

My approach to therapy

When providing therapy I utilize motivational interviewing. This directive counseling approach is client centered and allows the client the opportunity to change behaviors by exploring and resolving ambivalence. While there are many counseling approaches which will also be utilized, motivational interviewing will be the primary approach. You as the client will have an active role in setting and achieving your treatment goals. I may require you to complete homework assignments, as I believe that the work we do in session will be most effective if implemented in your life outside of therapy. Your commitment to a treatment plan is necessary for you to experience the most successful outcome. If you ever have any questions about he nature of the treatment or your care, please do not hesitate to ask.