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.
Michael Brockett, Marriage Counseling Coordinator, Mentor and Coach
Michael Brockett is the Marriage Counseling Intake Coordinator at Counseling Associates of the Four States. He also practices as a pre-marriage and marriage restoration advisor, mentor, and coach. Now retired, Michael was previously a Practitioner Member of the Academy of Family Mediators and is currently certified as a Health and Wellness Coach by the Mayo Clinic College of Science and Medicine. Michael is also a certified facilitator of the SYMBIS Pre-Marriage Assessment Guide, the creator of the Michaels Lee Marriage Restoration Guide and the Marriage Gotcha Identifier Assessment (MGIA). He is Mediator Member (non-lawyer) of the American Bar Association.
Michael is a veteran of the United States Navy and a graduate of Missouri Southern State University, the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Graduate School of Business, and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. He completed mediation training with the American Arbitration Association and at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Michael was certified as a Family Mediator by the State of Oklahoma and as a Mediator and Arbitrator in the State of Missouri. He was appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Family Mediation Panel and has served as adjunct facility and/or instructor of adult education classes at Crowder College, Missouri Southern State University, the University of Missouri, and Oklahoma State University.
Rob Taylor has been providing counseling in the Four State area for the past 30 years. He specializes in treating individuals experiencing anxiety, panic, depression and PTSD. 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 an extensive history of providing counseling to children and teens both in hospital settings and long-term residential treatment centers, as well as outpatient settings over the past three decades. Although Rob is not providing counseling for children at this time, his knowledge pertaining to mental health issues in children can be a wonderful resource for parents that are needing guidance. He also helps parents experiencing "empty nest" to successfully adjust to the new challenges of reconnecting more deeply to one another.
Rob has received specialized training in Nonviolent Crisis Prevention whereby he has helped many individuals learn ways to deescalate problematic situations. He has provided workshops and trainings to schools and to local communities. Rob has worked within local schools to help teachers implement Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans for students having specific needs.
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 sees many individuals experiencing stressful life adjustments such as divorce and blended family stressors, as well as clients who are adjusting to job or career changes or relocation to new communities.
Rob counsels many college students who are processing their future goals, including their career path or adjusting to their recent graduation from high school and who are joining the full-time workforce or making decisions about college or their college major. Rob is a former high school and college athlete and has talked with many athletes about the thrill of competition but also keeping the joy and fun in sports to prevent burnout.
Rob sees many clients suffering bereavement from the loss of a loved one. He has counseled many older adults who are experiencing depression or loneliness or who are making decisions about retirement. Rob has experience in counseling most any type of life situation and is often referred by local doctors in helping individuals suffering emotional distress. Rob is married and along with his wife has raised their three children into adulthood. He enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, jogging, swimming, playing the guitar or piano and loves spending time with his family and friends.
Rob refers to himself as an "integrative counselor" whereby he believes that there are many different approaches to helping individuals, depending upon a persons needs. Rob believes in the importance of getting to know each individual and views every person as unique. He believes in establishing agreed upon goals for therapy and views the diagnostic process as important but that a diagnosis does not define a person. He strives to help individuals learn the art and science of getting to now their natural personality traits and strengths so as to best navigate life. Rob believes in a nonjudgmental and empathic approach to counseling and views all people as having valuable strengths and abilities.
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.“
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.
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.