Jacob Perkins, LCSW


Located at 8949 Manchester Rd. - Brentwood, MO

Meet Jacob

Greetings! I look forward to sharing space and seeing how I can best help you with whatever struggle, symptom, or stressor you may have presently. I want to hear from you as we start working together: What works? What doesn’t work? What do you need to move forward with your journey? Both short-term outcome and the therapeutic relationship are foundational for improvement, and we are partners in this experience. 

I see a lot of adolescent and adult clients weekly. 

What's cross cutting for these clients is that at the heart of their depressive, anxious, and other patterned behaviors as negative coping are shame responses - an inability to love themselves authentically.

Early developmental trauma, including bullying, invalidating and dismissive childhood experiences, big T traumas, can define how we go about obtaining our self-worth. The acute symptoms need to be treated accordingly in therapy.  However, the work that is utterly painful at times is to accept what did happen and take ownership of our behavior and relationships.

To define our values and find intentionality in how we live as we move away from unsustainable loops feeding our symptoms. With open arms for ourselves we can start the journey toward healing and sustained wellness.

My Approach to Therapy  

I strive to foster a client-centered, trauma-informed and strengths-based perspective when working with you in order to identify abilities, develop coping skills and resiliency, and increase support from family, friends, and the community. I also draw from solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and family system modalities to create an integrative treatment experience for diagnoses and client desired change. 

Why We Love Jacob

He is extremely knowledgeable and has a special gift for helping burned out and distressed professionals.


  • Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Social Work
  • University of Missouri in St. Louis, Bachelor of Psychology


  • Epworth Children & Family Services
  • University City High School

Work Experience:

For the last fifteen years I have served with direct care, case management, outpatient therapy, and crisis care settings in our shared Missouri community with SSM Behavioral Health, Community Treatment, Inc, Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, Marygrove Children’s Home, St. Louis County Government, and St. Louis County Family Court.   


I have previously served in practice, grant writing, and research coordination roles in several psychology and social work research labs. Key publications include:

  • Patterson, D. A., & Perkins, J. D., Butler-Barnes, S. T., & Walker, T. (2017). Social belonging and college retention: Results from a quasi-experimental pilot study. Journal of College Student Development, 58(5), 777-782.
  • Patterson, D. A., & Perkins, J. D., Van Zile-Tamsen, C., Butler-Barnes, S. (2016). Impact of Violence and Relationship Abuse on Grades of American Indian/Alaska Native Undergraduate College Students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online: http://jiv.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/17/0886260516639255.abstract
  • Dannerbeck-Janku, A., Peters, C., & Perkins, J. (2014). A comparison of female delinquents: The impact of child maltreatment histories on risk and need characteristics among a Missouri sample. Laws, 3(4), 780-797.
  • Patterson, D. A., Dulmus, C. N., Maguin, E., & Perkins, J. (2014). Differential outcomes in agency-based mental health care between minority and majority youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(3), 260-265.
  • Jonson-Reid, M., Kohl, P., Gormley, W., Marcal, K., & Perkins, J. (2014). Early childhood education: Investing in Missouri’s children. St. Louis, MO: Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved from https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/hdfs/fii/wpcontent/uploads/2015/06/s_mofis02report.pdf
  • Fluke, J., Wulczyn, F., Jonson-Reid, M., Kohl, P., & Perkins, J. (2013). Missouri policy opportunities: New evidence and innovations in child welfare systems. St. Louis, MO: Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved from: https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/hdfs/fii/wpcontent/uploads/2015/07/s_mofis01report.pdf
  • Taylor, M. J., Austin, C. C., Perkins, J. D., & Edwards, J. L. (2012). Sociohistorical privilege in higher education: Implications for African American student psychological adjustment, resiliency, and success at predominately White institutions. In Sheri R. Notaro (Ed.), Health disparities among under-served populations: Implications for research, policy and praxis (pp. 241-261). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.