Jodie Rosendal, LPC

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou

Life can be messy, complicated and painful.  Sorting through our experiences alone can be difficult.  I am passionate about helping others make sense of their inner stories that have them feeling stuck, confused and misunderstood.  Life is not just what happens to us, but what lies within us.  I utilize several different therapy approaches to best help my clients understand their stories, express themselves in a healthy way, and learn new tools in order to live their best lives.  I provide a safe, comfortable "lived in" environment that welcomes each client at their own unique "chapter" in their journey.  My services include Play Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and EMDR.  I enjoy working with children, teens, adults and families.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Social Science with an Education Concentration from Ashford University, and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Mid America Nazarene University.  I am licensed in the State of Missouri, and am a Nationally Board Certified Counselor.  Previously, I worked for a local school district in both administrative and educator/trainer roles.  My experience in the mental health field includes work as a case manager, mental health assessor and community educator.  I completed internships with Gillis Shelter, CAPA and Cornerstones of Care.

On a personal note, I am a mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, mentor and community supporter.  I teach CPR and First Aid, parenting skills and relational skills.  I love to learn and read incessantly.  I enjoy scrap-booking, spending time with family and visiting new places.

Most importantly, I want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  I want to partner with you and make sense of your experiences, to learn how they have impacted your thoughts and feelings, and help you to live the life you were meant to live.  Are you ready to heal through therapy?  Come join me, and we'll write a new chapter in the story of your life, together!

Vanidee Stollenwerk, LPC

When the world says, "give up", Hope whispers, "try it one more time." - Unknown

Is hope whispering to you?  Let me help you turn it from a whisper to a roar.  My goal is to help others empower themselves to make the changes they need in their life.  In working from a Cognitive-Behavioral lens, I teach others to change perspective - how one sees themselves and their life.  In collaboration, we can explore and challenge your thoughts to help you see a situation differently, which subsequently leads to a change in how you feel and behave.  I also teach a variety of skills to support that change in thinking.  I like to use the analogy of creating a "toolbelt" of skills, so when life presents you with challenges, you pick which tool best helps you in the moment.  This may be learning to turn off a negative thought, using relaxation skills to calm your body, or communicating assertively in the moment.  

I possess a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology as well as a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University.  I am currently provisionally licensed in the state of Missouri as a Professional Counselor.  My past experience includes working as a behavioral health counselor for a psychiatric hospital/residential center, as well as a Qualified Mental Health Professional for a local community mental health center.  I enjoy working with clients of all ages - and have recently seen an increase in referrals of middle-school-aged adolescents.

Outside of therapy, I hold my most important roles - those of mother, daughter, sister and wife.  I enjoy scrapbooking and crafting, and especially spending time with my young daughter.  One of our favorite pastimes is baking together (and her joy in making the frosting!)

One of my most core philosophies is instilling hope in others.  I believe that hope springs when one creates the POSSIBILITY of change.  Are you ready for a change?  Join me in "trying one more time", and with a new perspective turn that whisper of hope to a roar!

Pearl Bryant, LPC

Has some personal crisis thrown your life into chaos?  Do you need help coping? 

 

Don’t give up hope – I can help you pick up the pieces and start again.  Clients of various ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and ages seek my help for an array of issues.

Grief can interrupt life whether it is because of the death of a loved one, loss of a spouse due to marital problems, estranged relationships from family or friends, financial loss, or physical disabilities.  My specialized training in grief counseling, coupled with my own personal journey in grieving the loss of my son, has prepared me to teach my clients coping strategies to manage their grief and incorporate self-care and compassion toward others.

I have 30 years of clinical expertise and use client-centered, interactive approaches which allow my clients to freely express their thoughts and feelings.  My clients learn coping strategies to assist themselves in building upon their strengths and attaining personal growth.

I am a licensed professional counselor with a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling.  My post graduate training includes Grief Counseling, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Christian Counseling, and Infant Mental Health.

Brittany Topps, PLPC

Learning to treat yourself right – to find your inner strength and grow from adversity - can be a challenge.  I’d like to help you see life as a journey – full of obstacles, but just as full of opportunities.  Together, we can navigate those uncertainties and grow from the adventure.  I am inspired by change, and believe adversity can lead to wisdom and strength, discovering the best version of yourself.  I love incorporating art into my work, and offer a creative therapy experience – a space of inspiration and introspection, to explore and learn to love yourself enough to want the best for yourself.

 

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Central Missouri, and a Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from Emporia State University.  I am provisionally licensed in the State of Missouri.  Previously, I worked as a permanency case manager for children and families in Kansas.  My past internship at Topeka Correctional Facility included providing individual and group therapy, as well as creating art therapy programs for inmates.  I enjoy connecting with marginalized populations – LGBT, racial and religious minorities, incarcerated – and helping them find their inner strength.  It’s an honor to know I was able to be a part of someone’s life and help them grow, celebrate their unique skills and talents, and live their best life.

 

On a personal note, I am adventurous, love to travel, and enjoy learning about and immersing myself in other cultures.

 

Are you ready for a new adventure?  Contact me today and together we’ll set off to discover the BEST YOU you can be!

Sherri Brooke, LPC

When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor E. Frankl

Working from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, I am inspired by the capacity we all have for change.  Thoughts, feelings and behaviors are linked together, influencing one another.  Sometimes, our experiences, biology and/or interactions result in a negative cycle of living.  Helping others to seek out positives, effectively express thoughts and feelings, and learn new skills to cope leads to lasting change.  In it's most simplest form:

Think Better - Feel Better - Do Better

While at Avila University, I was very much influenced by the program's focus on "giving therapy away".  In essence, it is my goal to teach each client how to become their own therapist.  Skills taught become life-long, and clients are equipped to handle future problems without the need of repeatedly returning to therapy.  Therefore, one can expect treatment to be short-term, solution-focused, with a specific time-frame established for goal achievement.  Treatment is a collaborative effort, a team approach to tackling a problem.  Together, we identify a goal, clarify an objective and put into action a plan for change.  Therapy requires a commitment to attend scheduled appointments, actively engage in sessions and complete homework assignments.  It also requires an openness to trying out new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.  Sessions are tailored to each client's specific needs, but follow a general two-part format: to create a safe, supportive space to express one's self, as well as a teaching environment to learn new skills.

Finally, my core philosophy centers on making meaning.  I choose to believe there is a balance to the universe of good and bad, light and dark.  Removing the negative "filter" and consciously seeking out positives leads to meaning and purpose.  True change entails adopting a mindset of CHOOSING positive attitudes and perceptions, especially when we can not choose our circumstances.

I hold a Bachelors of Educational Studies degree, majoring in Education & Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  I also possess a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University.  I am licensed in the state of Missouri as a Professional Counselor, as well as nationally board certified.  I have been trained and rostered as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist through the Missouri Academy of Child Studies, and am one of only two rostered therapists in the Northland.

I have over 25 years experience in the mental health field.  I have previously held positions as a therapist working for and with psychiatric hospitals/residential centers, local mental health centers, and school districts.  I spent several years as an in-home therapist, working primarily with children, teens and families, before joining a private practice in 2007.  In 2012, I opened my own private practice and in 2017 expanded to hiring several contract therapists to meet the need of providing quality therapeutic services to our clients.

 

David A. Copeland, LPC

This is my favorite quote, and is meaningful as it speaks of the human tendency to debase ourselves if our efforts fall short of our expectations.  Should anyone ask me how I got where I am today, I would tell them it was all God’s providence working in my life.  I would never have chosen a counseling career had I been left to my own devices.  But God, in His infinite knowledge, knew well ahead of time how he would lead me to this point. 

While working for ten years with parishioners as an associate pastor, I realized a love for individual and family counseling.  Leaving ministry, I began working as a targeted case manager for a local mental health agency and one year later began working on my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling. 

Working as a mental health therapist I have learned that everyone is challenged in some way.  We’ve all been hurt by a parent’s careless words, a rejection by a boyfriend or girlfriend, perhaps a school bully.  The good news is “Hope Reigns Supreme” and I enjoy giving my clients hope.

My specialties are in the areas of trauma work and grief work.  Having had extensive training in both, I find fulfillment when a client realizes their past trauma does not have the right to control their life today.  Grief, especially in the early stages, consumes us effecting every part of our lives.  Having lost my wife of 48 years to cancer in 2019, I can personally relate how emotions become undifferentiated, (except for pain), decisions are impossible, incredible loneliness overwhelms us, and isolation forces us into an ever-deepening cavern of despair.  Grief has no time frame but can be worked through with guidance from a caring professional.  One of my greatest joys is watching an individual or family acknowledge their grief, process it and, over time, make a new normal for themselves.      

My educational background is varied having earned college degrees from the University of Central Missouri, University of Iowa, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Missouri Kansas City.  I have a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Master of Arts in Music Theory and Composition, Master of Church Music History, Doctor of Musical Arts, and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling. 

 

I identify as a Christian, and would describe myself as both compassionate and sensitive.  Some interesting bits of personal information about me are the following: I’d love to fly ultralight aircraft, I’ve always wanted to try stand-up comedy, and I play my musical instruments by ear and would love to be part of a small improvisational jazz ensemble.

Let me help you find the hope that you seek, take control of your life, and discover all that God has planned for you!

Don’t get bitter, get better, get bigger, get more compassionate, loving, strong willed and determined to surround yourself with people who treat you right, and most importantly, treat yourself right, from within. – Samantha DeCarlo

“There is, therefore now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” -  Romans 8:1