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. Read More
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.”
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
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.
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.
Ph.D., LPC, NBCC
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.
Ginger has lived in several locations within the U.S. and Europe. Because of this, she brings an awareness of cultural and religious differences that might impact the success of counseling. She also brings a Christian focus into the counseling as a pastor in the Nazarene Church. Ginger has a passion for assisting people in navigating their issues in a kind, non-judgmental manner.
Ginger currently works with adults with trauma, marriage, and family difficulties with a strength-based, hope-filled strategy to help create personal gains and plans for health living. (Ginger is developing an equine-assisted supervision program for graduate counseling students.)
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.
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
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 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.