What Is Child Therapy and How Does It Work?

By Carolyn Knarr, MSW, LCSW, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORDPsalm 127:3

Our children are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). They bring abundant joy, although, raising them is not without its challenges. Parents have a responsibility, not only to meet the physical needs of their children, but to also provide a safe haven that fosters emotional and psychological growth, and achieving that is no simple feat. Sometimes…

Unraveling the Enigma of the Autism Spectrum

By Carolyn Knarr, MSW, LCSW, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services

Autism is one of the most misunderstood childhood disorders. Many myths abound concerning characteristics of children with autism. Changes in the diagnosis criteria have added to the confusion, including the deletion of the Asperger’s diagnosis.

So, what is autism, and how is it diagnosed?

According to the DSM-5, the manual that mental health professionals must use to diagnose clients, the …

2015 Greater St Louis Area Home Educators Expo

March 19th – 21st

Agape’s Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services, Carolyn Knarr, will be a speaker at the Home Educators Expo this year.  We will also have a table at the event, so please stop by to meet Carolyn and our other child therapists! 

The purpose of the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo (GSLAHE) is to equip and encourage parents as they seek to raise and educate their children. The GSLAHE organization was created to provide the community…

Agape Receives Autism Speaks Grant

Agape Christian Counseling Services is pleased to announce that Autism Speaks has chosen us as a 2014 grant recipient! The grant will be used to fund social skills groups for children who are home educated. Both children on the autism spectrum and typically developing children will qualify for services under this grant. For more information about these groups, please call Carolyn Knarr, Director of Child Therapeutic Services, 314-556-1427 or click here.


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Bridge to Wholeness: Volume 1 Issue 2 September 2014

Welcome to the September 2014 Issue of the Agape newsletter, Bridge to Wholeness!

Our monthly newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with what is going on around Agape, with events and updates, and articles written by our counselors. We hope it will help bring you a little bit closer to emotional, mental, and spiritual wholeness!

In this issue:

  • Parenting advice from Child Therapist, Shelley Kues, MEd, LPC
  • 10 new counseling groups this month!
  • How to cope with an Empty Nest
  • Jason: A Case Study of Play Therapy & Autism

    By Carolyn Knarr, MSW, LCSW, Director of Children’s Therapeutic Services

    Jason is an eight-year old boy who is starting third grade. He is smart, funny, and loves video games. He is often teased at school, which causes him to feel badly about himself. Although he likes being around other children, he does not seem to get invited over to their houses. His mother said he is just a little “different”. He gets frustrated easily and has difficulty with fine motor skills, …