DEAF SERVICES

BJC Behavioral Health offers mental health case management, counseling services including dialectical behavior therapy, and telecounseling for adult and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To set up an appointment to be evaluated:

phone -- (v) 314.729.4004 
toll-free -- 877.729.4004 

Email BJC Behavioral Health Deaf Services

We are currently accepting clients from the eastern region, including St. Louis City and County, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, Warren and St. Charles Counties. Telecounseling services are provided to Missouri residents.

We accept Medicare and Medicaid. We will also accept private insurance as an out-of-network provider.

BJC Behavioral Health publishes a newsletter for the deaf and hard of hearing community, eDeaf News. To access previous issues or to subscribe, email Marilynn Hart.

The BJC Behavioral Health deaf services staff includes the following qualified mental health professionals who are trained to work with the deaf and hard of hearing: 

Laura Shapiro, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor
 
Email Laura Shapiro 
phone -- (v) 314.206.3499
video phone -- 314.266.2636
cell phone -- 314.210.4301
Laura received her master's degree in social work from Washington University, St. Louis. She has worked at BJC Behavioral Health since 1993. Her background is working with hearing, deaf and hard of hearing seriously mentally ill. She has experience in both individual and group dialectical behavior therapy.

Donald Bohnenkamp, MD
Psychiatrist
Dr. Bohnenkamp completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, and his residency in psychiatry at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He works with adults with mental illness, such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. Bohnenkamp does both inpatient psychiatry and outpatient clinics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He also works in the outpatient clinics at BJC Behavioral Health. Dr. Bohnenkamp studies mental health issues specific to the deaf and has worked with the deaf since 2011.

Sarah Prechtel, MSW, LCSW
Case Manager -- Therapist

Sarah received her master's degree in social work from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Sarah has worked with children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing in several different settings including Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester, New York, the Deaf Psychiatric Unit at Springfield Hospital, Sykesville, Maryland, and the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, St. Louis. She has experience in individual dialectical behavior therapy.

Irvine Stewart, MSW
Case Manager

Irvine graduated with his master's degree in social work from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Irvine has worked with children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing in several different locations including community mental health centers and educational settings. He has been a social worker at Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Special School District and Deaf Community Services of San Diego, California. He has experience in both individual and group dialectical behavior therapy.