Monica Lieser Honored by St. Louis University with the Prestigious Michael Garanzini Award

St. Louis, MO, May 20, 2024

Sandhill Counseling & Consultation and Nystrom & Associates are proud to announce that Monica Lieser received the 2023-24 Michael Garanzini Award from St. Louis University’s Medical Family Therapy Program and Department of Family and Community Medicine. A licensed marriage family therapist and professional counselor, Lieser founded St. Louis-based Sandhill Counseling & Consultation in 2009. Nystrom, one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the country, acquired Sandhill in 2023 where Lieser is currently a director of operations in the Missouri market. 

The Michael Garanzini Award honors an individual for their dedication to providing the highest quality services in the St. Louis community. This person has also inspired and advocated for students to advance their clinical training and serve diverse populations. 

“Monica has demonstrated outstanding mentorship, supervision and professional development for many of our current and graduated students,” said Max Zubatsky, Ph.D., associate professor and medical family therapy program director at St. Louis University. “Her guest speaking talks have offered valuable information about the job market and other career areas. She's also hired several SLU master’s and doctoral students at Sandhill, providing exceptional mentorship and guidance in their professional development. We congratulate Monica and the providers at Sandhill and Nystrom whose efforts have helped her achieve great results.” 

Added Doug Foote, chief operations officer of Nystrom, “We’re delighted Monica’s leadership and contributions have been recognized by this award. Not only is she an inspiration for aspiring therapists, but it’s because of individuals like her that we can ensure people have access to the mental health support they need.”  

Based in St. Louis, Monica has authored a book, has guest presented on many mental health topics, has taught graduate courses, and has practiced therapy for nearly 20 years. Monica's past clinical experience includes individual therapy and couple and family therapy in the areas of anxiety and depression issues, grief/loss, sexuality, and life transitions. 

About Sandhill Counseling & Consultation

With two St. Louis, Mo. locations and more than 30 licensed therapists, Sandhill is a professional and compassionate mental health practice offering virtual and in-person appointments for individuals, couples and families with mild to moderate symptoms looking for personal growth. For more information, visit:

About Nystrom & Associates

Nystrom & Associates is a group of professional care providers from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, professional counseling, alcohol and drug counseling, and nursing. With 1,800 employees in 59 locations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Missouri, Nystrom provides care to individuals and families with personal, emotional, marital, or psychological problems. For more information on services available and to schedule an appointment, please visit:

Media contact: Lisa Shepherd 
Nystrom & Associates 
(952) 207-8590 

Share this post