Epics Counseling LLC - BIO



Vanessa Cox
Founder & CEO

Licensed Professional Counselor


Vanessa Cox is the Founder and CEO of Extensive Prevention Intervention Counseling Services (EPICS) LLC, a professional counseling practice, and the Founder and Board President of EPICS J. R. Foundation. The driving force behind her lifework has been a personal
mission to live with integrity and make a difference in the lives of others. With over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience, Mrs. Cox has worked with a diverse range of populations, including low-income families, individuals with strained family systems, probation and parole,
drunken drivers, couples, individuals with persistent mental illness, dually diagnosed, multi-era veterans and their families, individuals with chronic homelessness, adolescents, individuals with HIV, single mothers and fathers, and individuals suffering from substance abuse or dependence. Her professional positions held in this field of expertise have include the following: Treatment Program Director, for a homeless shelter and residential substance abuse treatment program; Clinical Supervisor, for an adolescent residential substance abuse treatment program; Clinical Coordinator, for an inpatient detox program; and Clinical Case Manager, for a community-based mental health provider.

Mrs. Cox has built the mission behind her work on the foundational sentiment to “begin with the end in mind.” Imagining a better future for those of the urban community who deal with mental health issues derived from environmental stressors. Holding a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University, a Master of Arts in Human Resource Agency Management from Lindenwood University, and a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from Southern University, Mrs. Cox is committed to continued education and training. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri, and holds certifications as a Substance
Abuse Counselor (CADC) and a SATOP (Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program) professional. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist ll (CAMS-ll) through the National Anger Management Association, New York, NY, and a member of the American Counseling Association.
Mrs. Cox has been happily married to her loving husband, Fred Cox, for over a decade and spends her free time volunteering and actively participating as a member of several professional and service organizations, including the Urban League Guild. She loves traveling and spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and parents, John and Rose Davis. Her relationship with God and Christian faith has been the key to her success and accomplishments.

Certified Anger Management Specialist II (CAMS-II)




EPICS believes that those given a vision can change if they are given the knowledge, skills, support
and a better understanding of themselves.

LaDawna Alford Thomas, LMSW

Office Manager
Petty Larceny & Victim Impact Panel Facilitator

Ms. Thomas is a licensed master social worker, a native of St Louis. Other positions she has held include: Case Manager for St Louis Caring Communities, Deputy Juvenile Officer with St Louis County Family Court, and Director of the Independent Living Apartment Program with Marygrove of Florissant Missouri, and an employment and life coach for under privileged youth in at-risk neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis.

Ladawna is currently pursuing her clinical hours to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in hopes of bringing her community based youth empowerment program for pre-adolescents; and she is also a certified group fitness instructor through Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), a licensed Spinning instructor, and a licensed Piloxing instructor.

LaDawna received a Bachelorís Degree in Psychology and a Master Degree in Social Work from St. Louis University and also holds a Master of Management Degree from Fontbonne University.


Our Contractors - A Team Of Professionals

Chris Elliott, LCSW
Men's Domestic Violence Facilitator

Chris Elliott, LCSW earned both his bachelors and masters of social work from Saint Louis University in 1994 and 1996 respectively.  After graduate school, he was selected to participate in the highly competitive Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.  It was Chris’ Coro experience that taught him the value of cultivating positive relationships.  He believes that “all business [work] is done in relationship” and it is this basic tenet that drives his life and practice. 

Chris works to build healthy, helping relationships with clients. He actively listens and works with clients to address areas of interest and opportunity and has been providing children and families with caring, non-judgmental service delivery for more than a decade.  He has served as adjunct faculty at Saint Louis University, St. Louis Community College and University of West Los Angeles and has experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns [children and teens] and anger management.

Chris supports several community organizations and efforts, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Miriam Foundation and Empower Missouri (Formerly Missouri Association for Social Welfare).


Keith Mayfield, BS, CRADC, SATOP
Defensive Driving Instructor

Keith earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Political Science and Administration of Justice. He has been certified by the American Automobile Association as an instructor for their nationwide Driver Improvement Program (D.I.P.) having taught numerous years.

He also was trained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on their Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (E.V.O.C.) and also as an Instructor having taught both Missouri Statutory Law and Missouri Traffic Law.

His philosophy is that of continuing education throughout one’s life, proactive approach to prevention and individual participation in accomplishing change.

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Main Office:
3482 Hollenberg Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
314.731.6590 fax


EPICS Practicum/Volunteer Program

EPICS, LLC is currently seeking committed and dedicated practicum students and volunteers to volunteer at our Bridgeton location for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. We are looking for bright outgoing individuals who are interested in gaining experience working in our office with clients in areas of domestic violence, anger management, petty larceny, and drug education.

Practicum/Volunteer Program Requirements

Each student will be required to volunteer at EPICS for a minimum of four (4) hours a week for at least 8 weeks or otherwise agreed upon at the beginning of the practicum experience.

Students/Volunteers will...

  • Receive weekly supervision and direction to learn about counseling duties, types of clients, procedures, and programs of EPICS.
  • Be assigned projects to complete and be required to shadow and observe weekly groups and meetings.
  • Receive written feedback during the practicum experience and at the completion of each semester, which will allow them to reflect, grow, and learn from their individual experiences.