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.  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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Jennifer Martin : LMFT

Jennifer Martin


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 : 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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