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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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.

Rebecca spent the last 21 years serving the populations of rural Oklahoma by working at a Nonprofit agency, focusing on the needs of children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and families. Through her experience she provided therapy services, advocated for her clients in school settings, medical settings, and often assisted families navigating legal issues such as divorce, custody disputes and adoptions. She served clients in an outpatient setting for 17 years, then moved into a residential setting, serving at-risk juveniles for the last 4 years. Rebecca has also administrative experience having served in the roles of Employee Trainer, Quality Assurance Director, Clinical Director and Program Director during her time working in Oklahoma.

Rebecca is an advanced trained professional in Brainspotting which is a world-wide known therapy technique to provide neurological processing through almost any situation or concern. Brainspotting is an extremely effective tool to process trauma, grief, anxiety, chronic stress, relationship issues, attachment challenges, and can even be helpful to overcome obstacles such as learning delays or mental blocks. It is effective and widely used with all ages of individuals. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at an advanced level, which is an accredited form of trauma therapy. She has experience working with a multitude of issues including attachment challenges, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, grief/loss, trauma, ADHD, ODD, and mood disorders.

Rebecca enjoys working with individuals ages 4 through adulthood and believes strongly in incorporating the family into therapy when working with children or teens.

Rebecca is excited to bring her experience and practice to Missouri and is currently accepting new clients.

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.  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.”

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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Kathleen Midgett : MA, LPC

Kathleen Midgett


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.

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Holly McMahon : MS, LPC

Holly McMahon


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.

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Ginger Hayes : MS, PLPC

Ginger Hayes


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.

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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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