American Counseling Association of Missouri

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President

Robin Rasse-Cott, MEd, LPC

Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor having received her BS in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University, and MEd in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stephens College. Robin works as a Clinical Case Manager with the Family Access Center of Excellence (FACE) of Boone County, and teaches a graduate class at Missouri Valley College. Robin has served on the ACAM Board as a Trustee from 2011 to 2016, and President Elect-Elect from 2016-2017. Robin, her husband and two children reside in Marshall, MO.

President-Elect

Brent Moore, PhD, LPC, RPT, SATP

Dr. Brent Moore serves as Associate Professor of Counselor Education at MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Additionally, Dr. Moore maintains a counseling practice.  Dr. Moore graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and theology.  He then attended and graduated from Wheaton College with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology.  With an interest in biological psychology, Dr. Moore then pursued and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in health psychology from Walden University.  He then earned a post-graduate Certificate in Sexual Addiction Treatment from MidAmerica Nazarene University and is a Registered Play Therapist.  Dr. Moore also serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board at MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Dr. Moore specializes in the treatment of sexual addiction and couples counseling.  

President-Elect

Robin Ewy, LPC

Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a small private practice in Kansas City North. She is the current Director of the Northwest District Counseling Ministries for the United Methodist Church Missouri Conference providing resources to help pastors support their congregations with mental health challenges. She has also worked with patients and families in the hospice setting. After many years in Corporate America, she returned to school and received her Masters of Art degree in Counseling and Guidance in 2013 from University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis in couples and families.

Secretary

Andrea "Andy" Garcia-Ruse, MA, LPC, LCPC, LCAC, CCDP-D, MARS, RPT

Andy's full-time job is working Addiction Campuses.  Andy has worked in a variety of settings including: private practice, drug court, CSTAR, in-home, outpatient behavioral health agencies, residential substance abuse treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, as an adjunct instructor, and in the correctional setting. Andy has also gained diverse knowledge from working in various roles over the course of her career including: Case Manager, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Program Director, Department Director and Keynote Speaker.  Andy also recently completed training to be certified as an Interventionist, is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator, is Trauma Focused-CBT certified, and is EMDR (part 1) trained. Andy’s areas of interest include: substance abuse, medication assisted treatment, co-dependency in the family system, trauma, attachment, mood disorders, personality disorders, domestic violence, childhood concerns, and sex workers’ diversion programs.  Andy’s passion for bringing about advocacy for the counseling discipline, professional development of counselors and community support and relationships made her eager to serve for ACAM. In her spare time, Andy enjoys reading, watching/quoting movies, spending time with family/friends, and going to church. In addition to serving on the Board for the American Counseling Association of Missouri, Andy also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Behavioral Health Professionals Group and is a Consultant for MIMH's Missouri Opioid STR (State Targeted Response) Crisis Management Team.

Treasurer

Jerry Walker, LPC

Jerry Walker attended Missouri Southern State College where he received an Associate of Science degree in General Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1982.  In 1991, he earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Secondary Counseling from Pittsburg State University, and a Specialist’s Degree in Counseling from the same institution in December 1999.  As part of the Specialist’s Degree he also received 200 hours of training in family therapy.   Jerry taught math and science at Webb City High School from 1983 to 1992 before becoming a high school counselor for the next 21 years.  He also coached football for 12 years and wrestling for 15 years in the Webb City R-7 School District.   He has been an associate of Behavior Management since May 1998 where he is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  He retired from public education in June 2013. He appeared on the weather channel documentary titled “Top 10 Worst Tornadoes” for working with a patient to overcome her fear of tornadoes (Lilapsophobia).


Trustees

Christina Woods, MA, LPC

Christina Woods is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is an alumni of Webster University (class of 2000).  She has a vast experience working in multiple adolescent residential treatment facilities and within private practice setting.  She is currently the Assistant Administrator at Piney Ridge Center and has a small case load in private practice.   She currently is also an adjunct instructor at Drury University and teaches Psychology classes in their undergraduate program.  She has been teaching for 5 years now.   She is a current member of ACAM and MMHCA. 

She has served previously on the ACAM Board as Secretary, President Elect-Elect, President-Elect, and President. 

Christina is a proud parent of two beautiful teenage girls.  She resides in Rolla, MO with her family.

Robert Cox, LPC, NCC

Robert has his Master’s in counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University, Bachelor’s in Social Psychology from Park University and a Minor in Religious Studies from Southwest MO State University (Now MSU).  He is both an LPC and NCC and soon to be CCTP (Clinically Certified Trauma Professional).  Robert owns a group practice with headquarters in Richmond, MO and an office in Liberty, MO focusing heavily on trauma with specializations in addictions and autism.  “I see autism (after 25 years of working with it in one capacity or another) as a trauma event.  Not that it was caused by trauma but that it induces trauma on the individual and shapes the brain in much the same way.” He has written a book about this subject called, “The Life Recovery Method: Autism Treatment From a Trauma Perspective”.  Robert lectures frequently on mindfulness regionally and nationally for ACAM and other organizations.  He uses it in practice as a way of teaching emotional regulation and has used it himself over the past 28 years in overcoming his own trauma and addiction history.

Robin Craycroft, LPC

Robin graduated from Missouri State University in December, 2012, having served her internship at MSU’s Center City Counseling Center where she was given clients with numerous struggles.  After a rewarding experience in private practice, robin recently made a change accepting a position at Burrell Behaviorial Health as an outpatient therapist. She is looking forward to working with her current clients, accepting new ones and working with fellow therapists.

She first presented at ACA creative conference in Memphis, TN in 2012 with two of her professors and recently presented at the ACAM 2018 Conference.

Robin has been involved with several non-profits through the years.  At the Child Abuse Prevention Council, she chaired committees, planned events and lobbied our state legislators.  She has also served on boards and done fundraising for other non-profits.  

Paul Loosemore, MA, LPC

Biography: Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP – Accreditation In Progress, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia; M.A. Counseling, 2015. Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, MissouriPaul is currently Director and Therapist at St Louis Counselor and provides couples therapy, EMDR therapy, individual services, online services.

Professional Licenses, Certifications, Credentials: Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT), A research-based approach to couples therapy, EMDR Therapist, EMDRIA Approved Training Level 1 and 2

Student Trustee

James Smith M.Ed., LPC, NCC

James began his work in the counseling field in 2006 with Pathways Behavioral Healthcare as a substance abuse technician in the residential adolescent treatment program in Columbia, MO. In 2009, he was credentialed as a co-occurring disorder professional and in 2011 received his LPC. He has in community psychiatric rehabilitation with people with dual diagnoses of severe, chronic mental illness and substance use disorders. He has also worked in medication assisted treatment and in a maximum-security prison setting. James is currently employed at Lincoln University as the Director of Student Health and Wellness Services.


In 2014, James began working on a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and, at this time, he is near the end of the process of completing his Ph.D. in counselor education.

 





Executive Director

Deanna Brauer, MA, LPC, NCC

Deanna Brauer, MA, LPC, NCC began her professional career working in corporate America as a Supervisor for a major telecommunications company until enrolling and graduating from Webster University with her Master’s Degree.  She has experience in the mental health field ranging from working with refugees at the International Institute in St. Louis, answering calls from a nation-wide suicide help line, assisting sexual assault survivors with the Kansas City Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, and volunteering as a therapist at a domestic violence shelter and as a therapist at Northland Counseling Services in North Kansas City.  She currently employs her counseling and business skills as the Executive Director for the Palacios Foundation which provides education, basic necessities, and life skills to at-risk children in Colombia, South America.  

Deanna previously served as the Executive Director for the American Counseling Association of Missouri developing and implementing a number of statewide programs and initiatives.  She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Avila University’s Psychology Program in Kansas City, MO.

Deanna has the honor of serving as a Trustee for ArtsTech, a nonprofit organization helping at-risk, urban children and teenagers.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association and a proud Trustee for The American Counseling Association.

Her family of 2 biological children, 2 step-children, husband, and 3 dogs reside in Kansas City, Missouri.




ALGBTIC Representative

James Carroll, LPC, RPT

James Carroll is currently in private practice and has been in private practice for the past ten years.  Prior to starting his private practice, he was a Clinical Case Manager for Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  In my private practice, he works primarily with children and their families.  In addition to being an LPC, he is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.  He specializes in children with attachment issues and who have been traumatized.  James is a founding member of ALGBTIC-M and currently serves as president.  In his free time,  he enjoys gardening and bee keeping.

Mo-CDA Representative

Roger Whittler, LPC, NCC

Roger Whittler Is from central Missouri, and served 9 years in the United States Army Reserves, specializing in field artillary.  His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Missouri Southern State University, a Master Arts in Sociology, Lincoln University, and a Master of Education - Counseling, University Missouri- St. Louis.  He has been a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer for over 30 years, and is a current captain, Director of the Career Recruitment Division.  He has served as a counselor in private practice since March 2013.

Mo-LPC Representative

Katherine Randolph, MA, LPC, NCC

Katherine received her Masters in Arts from Lindenwood University in Professional Counseling in May 1999. In February 2004, she received Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Missouri and in October 2005, became a National Certified Counselor. In October 2011, the William Glasser Institute award Katherine the Certification for Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. In March 2013, Katherine earned her Certified Employee Assistance Profession certificate.

Starting March, 2008 Katherine opened a small private counseling practice, providing brief short term counseling for mental health, marriage family, and substance abuse issues. Katherine’s counseling theory is based around William Glasser's Choice Theory/ Reality Therapy. With over ten years of experience Katherine has developed and implemented treatment plans, acted as an advocate, and provided direct service to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities.


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