Cody Lee Pey

(They/Them/Theirs and He/Him/His )


BFA, MSW (in progress)

Areas of Expertise

  • Children And Teens Struggling with Sexuality and Gender Identities 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Race, Racism, and Social Justice 
  • Romantic and Intimate Relationships 
  • Life Transitions 
  • Body Image 
  • Mindfulness
  • Spirituality and Existentialism
  • Academic and Career Concerns

I am happy. I am very happy. This morning when I woke up I felt good because the sun was shining. I felt good because I was a frog. And I felt good because I have you as a friend. I wanted to be alone. I wanted to think about how fine everything is.
Arnold Lobel, from Days with Frog and Toad

Cody Lee Pey is a graduate student of social work at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. They specialize in treating children and teens with anxiety, depression, and struggling with gender or sexual identity. In addition, they have completed  Safe Zone, Safe Place, and Autism Sensory-Friendly trainings. 

Cody fosters a creative and conversational therapeutic environment, in which clients can build the language and awareness to express their thoughts and feelings, leading to change and growth. They use an eclectic approach, with techniques from psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and mindfulness. They also incorporate art and biblio-based activities within their sessions. 

In addition, Cody believes in the importance of social justice and advocacy. They offer affirming and accessible services for individuals with oppressed identities, in which experiences are acknowledged and accepted. They are interested in working with adolescents and young adults of oppressed groups, such as the LGBTQIA+ community. 

They have experience helping clients navigate sexuality and gender identities; process trauma, grief, and body image issues; understand intimate relationships; transition through life stages; and manage anxiety and depression. 

Prior to working for the Center as a clinical intern, Cody facilitated individual and group sessions for adolescents at Epworth as a clinical intern; served on the administrative team at the Children’s Advocacy Center; and substitute taught for the Webster Groves School District. 

Cody acknowledges that they practice on the ancestral lands of the Osage Nation, Missouria, and Illini Confederacy.

As an intern, Cody is able to offer services at a discounted rate of $55/session.

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