Counseling Associates of the Four States - Meet our Counselors

Meet Our Counselors

Deanna Street : MA, LPC, NCC

Deanna Street


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.

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Rob Taylor : MS, LPC

Rob Taylor


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.

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Amber Tipton : MS, LPC, CRADC

Amber Tipton


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.

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Jacob Conklin : MS, LPC, NCC

Jacob Conklin


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

Kristen Hurlbert, LCSW : LCSW

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. Read More

Rebecca Morrissey : MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Morrissey


Rebecca was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri, having a strong connection to this community. She graduated from Missouri Southern State College in 1995 with her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology, and from Southwest Missouri State University in 2003 with her Master of Social Work. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Missouri and Oklahoma. Read More

Aimee Golden : EdS, NCC, LPC

Aimee Golden


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.

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Ginger Hayes : Ph.D., LPC, NBCC

Ginger Hayes


Ginger has been a resident of southwest Missouri since 2007, where she and her husband of over 30 years purchased a ranch south of Joplin with horses, a few cows, and stock dogs.  Ginger raised three sons who together have fifteen children of their own. Ginger returned to school as an adult and completed a Master's Degree in Community Counseling focused on Marriage and Family and Play Therapy from John Brown University. After completing the coursework, she joined Counseling Associates of the Four States and earned her licensed professional counselor status in 2020. Ginger completed a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University in April of 2022 studying nonverbal communication in supervision using an equine-assisted program.

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Emily Wickstrom : MSW, LMSW

Emily Wickstrom


Emily has resided in the Joplin area since childhood. She is committed to supporting and serving the people of this area while she raises her family in this community. Emily graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 2008 and completed her Law Enforcement Certification in 2011. She has worked to serve the area’s highest need individuals and families since then. Emily began providing services with Counseling Associates of the Four States in January 2022, and completed her master’s level degree in Social Work in May 2022.

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Emily has experience working with populations struggling with substance use, traumatic experiences, and a wide variety of mental health needs and is excited to begin utilizing this experience in working to meet the needs of her clients. She is EMDR trained and has experience implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, and she continues to expand her knowledge of therapeutic modalities to bring the best experience for each client. Emily enjoys working with individuals and couples, ages 15+, on issues including but not limited to self-esteem, communication, relationship improvement, trauma processing, depression, anxiety, and ADHD related issues.

Tracy Ellman, LCSW : LCSW

Tracy Ellman, LCSW


Tracy Ellman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Missouri and Oklahoma. He has been providing therapy in different venues for approximately 30 years. He has experience mostly with teenagers on juvenile probation, families, impaired physicians, Alzheimer patients, young adults, terminally ill, and many more.

Tracy's education includes a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Illinois State University, a Master's Degree in Sociology also from Illinois State University, and a Master's in Social Work from The University of Kansas.

Tracy has worked at a non-for-profit agency in Oklahoma for the past 24 years. He has been an adjunct professor at MSSU, and has also provided counseling and monitoring for impaired physicians who are referred due to boundary issues, depression, disruptive behaviors, and addiction issues.

Tracy has been co-published in two journals: 1. OMEGA-Journal of Death and Dying "Devaluating Death Education through Short-Term Suicide Intervention Programs" along with Raymond L. Schmitt, Ph.D  2. Journal of Sport Behavior "The Influence of Race/Ethnicity in Salary Arbitration" along with Wilbert M. Leonard.

Tracy uses mostly the following treatment modalities in his therapeutic approach with clients: Cognitive, Behavioral, Family Systems, and Trauma Focused Therapy.

"I feel we are experts in areas that we have experienced ourselves. I encourage clients to change their thinking, for if we can change our thinking, we can in turn, change the way we feel and behave. I love to advocate for my clients. I try to empower my clients, so that they can in turn, advocate for themselves and illustrate appropriate assertiveness in their own daily lives. I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you! Let's get through any issues you are impeded in life by, together."- Tracy Ellman, MSW, LCSW

Julie Morningstar, LPC : LPC

Julie Morningstar, LPC


Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), originally from West Central Illinois. She has lived in Southwest Missouri since 2015. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2009 from Trine University in Angola, Indiana and a Master Of Science in Clinical Community Mental Health from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 2016.

Julie has experience working with different populations, serving those struggling with difficulties such as: anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. Utilizing a person-centered therapeutic foundation, Julie works to meet the unique needs and circumstances of those she serves. Julie is trained in EMDR.

Michael Brockett : Wellness Coach

Michael Brockett

Wellness Coach

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.

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