Meet Our Counselors
MA, LPC, NCC
Deanna opened Counseling Associates of the Four States, LLC in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality counseling services to the surrounding area. Ms. Street is skilled in marriage and family counseling, specializing in the treatment of women’s issues, such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and sexual trauma. Deanna is an advocate for healing early childhood trauma and treats Dissociative Identity Disorders as well as all personality disorders. Ms. Street has extensive training and experience in mental health assessment including, but not limited to; personality, intelligence, achievement, gifted, and ADD/ADHD testing.
Deanna has experience providing individual, marriage and family counseling in a private practice setting. She was a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota and a clinic Rule 29 specialist where she reviewed all the charts to ensure that diagnoses were accurate and documented appropriately. She did personality and intelligence testing providing reports as necessary to various agencies. Deanna also presented talks on diverse topics to schools, churches and hospitals. She has experience in the group setting with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, post-partum depression, and post abortion/grief issues.
Deanna is currently licensed in the state of Missouri as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Missouri Chapter of ACA. She is a clinical supervisor for individuals who are provisionally licensed by the state of Missouri. She is trained in EMDR which is the recommended treatment for trauma. Deanna is also trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) which is an evidenced based, non-pathologizing way of treating a client that helps to understand and heal wounded parts of the person so that they can be the best version of themselves.
Personal Note from Deanna:
I believe that each person has the potential within themselves to heal from trauma and/or normal life experiences and to make the necessary changes to significantly improve their current situation and emotional symptoms. I feel that it is my job to provide the atmosphere and therapeutic relationship to allow these changes to occur. You can be assured that I will help you gain the insight and the necessary skills to help you grow personally and develop a strong sense of self.
Rob Taylor has been providing counseling in the Four State area for the past 28 years. Mr. Taylor specializes in treating individuals experiencing depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is a trained provider of EMDR which is a world-wide known counseling technique for helping individuals suffering trauma or the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Rob has a long history of working with doctors, nurses and other health professionals in providing a multidisciplinary treatment regimen for clients experiencing emotional distress. He currently sees many clients having ADHD and helps both parents and children learn effective strategies in effectively treating this disorder. Mr. Taylor sees many individuals experiencing distress from stressful adjustments such as divorce and blended family issues, as well as clients who are adjusting from other stressors including job or career changes or relocation to new communities.
Rob helps high school students who are needing to process future goals including career paths or the adjustment of graduating high school and either joining the full-time workforce or making decisions about college or their major. Rob is a former high school and college athlete and has talked with many student-athletes about the thrill of competition but keeping the joy and fun in sports as well.
Rob sees clients suffering bereavement from the loss of a loved one. He has counseled older adults who are experiencing depression or loneliness or are making decisions about retirement. Mr. Taylor sees parents needing help with positive parenting strategies in raising either young children or teens or needing information in navigating through “empty nest” when their children leave their home.
Rob has experience in counseling most any type of situation and is often referred by local doctors in helping individuals of all age groups who are suffering distress. Mr. Taylor is married and along with his wife has raised their three children who are now in college. Rob enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, taking jogs, playing the guitar or piano and spending time with family and friends.
Rob is currently pursuing certification as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider which focuses on the use of nutritional, herbal and culinary medicine for the treatment of trauma and emotional and chronic physical illness.
MS, LPC, CRADC
Amber is an experienced therapist working with individuals who have trauma, substance abuse needs, disabilities, and anger management concerns. Amber can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing unique life circumstances and assisting them in restoring life balance. Amber strives to give clients excellent care in a safe and confidential environment.
Amber completed her PLPC with a co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment facility in Springfield, MO. There she was promoted to supervisor of the Nixa Clinic that assists clients who qualify for a C-Star co-occurring adult Medicaid program. She enjoyed teaching groups there such as Helping Men Recover, a group that addresses the needs of men who’ve experienced trauma and who abuse substances to cope.
Amber worked closely with state and federal probation and parole referral resources as well as referrals from Children’s Division. Amber became the primary therapist working with the federal reentry court before her departure into private practice. She also served on the Domestic Violence Task Force in Greene County promoting awareness about domestic violence issues to reduce the number of Domestic Violence cases in Greene County.
In private practice, Amber has worked with individuals, couples, and families seeking healthier relationships and a better quality of life. Amber became a trained Emotion Focused Couples Therapist (EFCT) in order to better serve her couples and families struggling with attachment needs. Lastly, Amber assists individuals with diverse and multicultural needs such as those in the undocumented population, LGBTQIA, Native American, and others.
”I love working with people from all walks of life. Personal growth and true happiness are attainable when given a safe environment to learn and the right tools to use.”
MS, LPC, NCC
Jacob Conklin is a Licensed Professional in Missouri. He is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Mr. Conklin was raised in Joplin and recently returned to the area from Colorado where he spent the past six years providing services on the Western Slope of Colorado. Mr. Conklin holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas and Master of Science (M.S.) also from the University of Arkansas, a CACREP program. Prior to returning to Joplin and joining with Counseling Associates of the Four States, Mr. Conklin had a private practice and was the executive director of a children’s advocacy center in Western Colorado. He has clinical experience in residential treatment centers, intensive outpatient treatment programs, day treatment as well as community settings.Read More
Mr. Conklin provides services for clients in many different situations and clients with a variety of life experiences. “I counsel individuals who I believe have the capacity to resolve their own problems with some outside assistance. Part of my counseling philosophy is that all individuals are experts on their own lives and that all of us occasionally need some assistance sorting through our circumstances to discover what is “best” or most true for ourselves. I also believe in a holistic approach to wellness, in which all aspects of a person are given equal attention. While our sessions will focus mainly on enhancing your emotional well-being, we will address the other dimensions and I will support you in implementing behaviors that promote well-being in all aspects of your life. My specialized areas of services include experience in working with trauma and with victims of abuse. Additionally, I have considerable experience working with individuals demonstrating offending behaviors including maladaptive sexual behaviors. When working with youth, it is my goal to include and incorporate the family where appropriate as goals are met and positive growth maintained.”
“I believe that as people become more accepting of themselves and more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, they are more capable of making changes that will bring a sense of fulfillment to their lives. While some clients may achieve goals in just a few sessions, others may require more time. You are in control of your own growth and I will be supportive of your decision to end our therapeutic relationship at any point.”
“From small concerns to big issues, therapeutic services offer an array of benefits to many and it is my privilege to offer such services to those in need. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.“
Kristen Hurlbert, LCSW
Kristen was born and raised in Utah and received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Utah in 2006 (Go Utes!). She moved to Missouri shortly after graduating and got her Master of Social Work in 2008 from Missouri State University. Having lived in Joplin since 2007, Kristen feels very connected to the community here. She is licensed in Missouri and Oklahoma and has worked as a counselor for 13 years with experience in several different settings. Her career began at a domestic violence shelter/substance abuse treatment center for women. Next, she went on to work in outpatient substance abuse treatment with men and women, a community mental health center, and an outpatient clinic for Native Americans. She has experience working with a multitude of issues including depression, LGBTQIA+ issues, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, life transition stress, religious trauma, self-esteem, substance abuse, anger management, PTSD, stress and depression related to physical health problems, and survivors of mental/physical/sexual abuse. Kristen is passionate about helping people recover from childhood trauma no matter how big or small it may seem.
Kristen enjoys working with people ages 14 and up and has experience with all age groups in that range from high school and college students transitioning into adulthood, people navigating romantic relationships, new parents with young children, parents with adolescents, empty nesters, and people approaching or well into retirement. Kristen has experience in individual, couple’s and group therapy. She recognizes how hard it is to share distressing ideas with a stranger and works to create a therapeutic relationship where people can feel comfortable sharing their innermost thoughts.
Kristen is trained in EMDR, which has been shown to be an effective treatment for many issues but is especially well documented as a treatment for people with a history of trauma. Often traumatic experiences are stored as more than just a picture or memory of what happened and can show up in the body as physical symptoms (pain, digestive issues, muscle tension) and emotional responses that do not always seem to fit the situation. EMDR can be a highly effective tool at working through those things. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another tool Kristen uses to help people understand how their thoughts influence their behaviors. She has found that often people need help seeing the gray areas in life instead of viewing things as “black or white.” It is important to Kristen to use the treatment modality that fits the client best giving her a flexible approach to the therapy process.
In closing, Kristen stated, “I feel it is an honor to be a part of a person’s life journey and I am grateful to experience their growth and capacity for change firsthand.”
EdS, NCC, LPC
Aimee is a lifelong resident of Joplin. She is married and has four daughters with her husband. Being a mother, Aimee is keenly aware of the challenges of raising children in today’s world of constant change, technological dangers, and financial worries. Her life’s mission has been to create a safe, caring space for individuals and families to find support during difficult times and personal struggles. Aimee is passionate about caring for children and strengthening the families of this community, as well as empowering parents through counseling and coaching.
Aimee received her Master of Science (MS) and Specialist in Education (EdS) in Community Counseling from Pittsburg State University (PSU). She has been an instructor at PSU teaching both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has special interest in neuropsychology and anxiety disorders.
Since graduating in 2004, Aimee has been counseling individuals of the Four State area and joined Counseling Associates of the Four States, LLC in 2009. She is experienced in working with clients of all ages and emotional difficulties to heal individuals and promote healthy relationships. She believes in treating the whole person, including emotional, physical, and spiritual concerns.
Aimee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has presented sessions at the American Counseling Association national conventions in Kansas City and Anaheim, California. She has spoken at auxiliary group meetings, community events, and local schools and colleges regarding mental health issues, parenting, and suicide intervention and prevention.
Aimee is currently not accepting new clients.
Kathleen has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations Communication from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
Kathleen grew up in a small town near Lee’s Summit, MO. She has always had a passion for helping others. She worked for the U.S. House of Representative after college, until she decided to pursue an advanced degree in counseling so she could continue helping people in a professional capacity.
Kathleen believes that people were never meant to struggle through life’s inevitable challenges and problems alone. Great things can happen when a person reaches out to another to heal, learn, and grow. She is passionate about creating a safe place for people to express themselves without fear of judgment. She believes C.S. Lewis expresses it well: “Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide.”
Kathleen moved from Kansas City area in 2017 and has come to love and enjoy the Joplin community a great deal. She loves to travel and experience the beautiful scenery and great diversity of culture that the world has to offer. She enjoys music, sings poorly, and plays multiple instruments tolerably. She most enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing games, crafting, and reading.
Holly has been a mental health therapist in southwest Missouri since 2011. She attended Central Methodist University to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2008. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2010. Holly has experience working in a community agency, a university health and wellness center, the public school setting, and in private practice. Holly has worked with individuals, families, and facilitated group therapies.
Since Holly was ten years old she knew she wanted to work in the mental health field. This was when she first learned about personality, the mind, and the effects our choices can have on ourselves and on others. Holly finds privilege in witnessing others progress through self-identification and self-discovery. Through a strengths based approach, Holly hopes to help others live a life of fulfillment and of mental well-being.
Holly has worked with individuals throughout the entire life span – from children, to adolescents, to adults, and senior adults. She has experience in working with mood disorders, including stress, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Holly has experience working with individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivors of abuse. Holly also has experience in working with athletes (individual and team) who are aiming to increase awareness and mindfulness to enhance their athletic performance.
Holly has been an athlete for her entire life and played collegiate and semi-professional basketball. She loves reading, practicing yoga, Table Rock Lake, and spending time with family and friends.
Holly is currently not accepting any new clients.
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
– John Lubbock
Ginger has been a resident of southwest Missouri since 2007 when she and her husband of over 30 years purchased a ranch south of Joplin. Ginger raised three sons who together have fifteen children of their own. Being a long-term wife, mother and grandmother, Ginger is aware and appreciates the impact of families on the progress and outcome of the next generations. Therefore she recognizes generational transition and life challenges. As a person who has lived in various locations in the world, Ginger is also aware of cultural and religious differences that may impact the success of counseling.
Ginger has worked in private counseling settings, group settings, and as part of a treatment team with psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, medical staff, and students. Ginger has also conducted group and individual counseling through private practice. She has conducted family and individual sessions through equine assisted psychotherapy and learning. When not counseling, Ginger continues to affect change in lives though pastoring at a local cowboy/cowgirl church.
Ginger has always had a passion for people and helping them navigate issues in a kind, loyal, and non-judgmental way. Ginger has experience with children, couples, families, and individuals in many life situations. She believes in repairing troubled families through Parent Training. Ginger works within a strength based, solution focused, hope filled, strategy for helping all walks of life find the life changes they seek.
Ginger looks forward to meeting new clients and helping create the personal gains and plans for healthy living.
Jennifer was raised in SE Kansas and went to MSSU to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Missouri Southern State University in 2009. Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Mid-America Christian University in 2013 with a specialty in Marriage and Family Counseling. Being dually licensed in the states of Oklahoma and Missouri, she has experience working across state line within a large variety of settings. With 9 years of field experience, Jennifer has worked in inpatient facilities, community mental health agencies, private practice as well as with the department of social services and case management in the state of Oklahoma.
Jennifer provides individual, relationship and family counseling to adults, adolescents and teenagers experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger, ADD/ADHD, suicidality (CAMS), substance abuse, and trauma. “I use counseling approaches that include client centered counseling, psychotherapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy and psychoeducation. I have a collaborative approach and I believe that each person should be engaged in their treatment and have input on decisions about the best course of action for their treatment. We will work as a team in order to identify goals to help you become your best self and meet your needs.”
Michael Brockett is a professional wellness advisor, mentor, and coach. He is the creator and facilitator of Master Mind classes now available through Counseling Associates of the Four States. Master Mind instruction is not traditional, boilerplate, classroom style education. Master Mind classes are taught privately and exclusively, one-on-one, via Zoom, FaceTime, or Telephone. Prior to initiating instruction, Michael interviews prospective students to determine their specific objectives, wants and needs. He then takes Master Mind core materials and creates specific educational curriculum to align with the objectives, wants and needs of the student.
Prior to relocating to Oklahoma some twenty-five years ago, Michael practiced as a court-certified, family mediator in Joplin. He was certified as a Practitioner Member of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the Board of Directors of the Newton Jasper County Family Violence Council. He was a co-facilitator of Joplin’s court-mandated “Alternatives to Violence” program and worked closely with Legal Aid of Western Missouri providing pro bono divorce mediation services on behalf of victims of domestic violence. He was appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Family Mediation Panel and has been adjunct facility and/or instructed adult education classes at Crowder College, Missouri Southern State University, the University of Missouri, and Oklahoma State University.
While in Oklahoma Michael was certified as a family mediator by the State of Oklahoma and was routinely court-appointed as guardian ad litem, representing abused and neglected children in Oklahoma courts. He initiated the very first court-ordered anger management education program in Pawnee County Oklahoma and was appointed as a “Special Investigator” by the Osage/Pawnee County District Attorney’s Office providing investigative support for criminal child abuse cases. Michael was appointed to the Juvenile Post Adjudication Review Board (PARB) for the State of Oklahoma and assisted Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organizations throughout the four-state area with training and consultation on matters of conflict management. Michael is a non-lawyer, Associate Member (Mediator) of the American Bar Association.
Michael is excited to bring his expertise and training to CAFS through these Mastermind educational classes. Click on this link for more information.