Brittany graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in the Education of Counseling. While at WSU Brittany also completed her certification for Play Therapy. Brittany has an extensive background of working with trouble adolescence and children. Brittany worked for many years as a Teacher/Counselor with Severe and Emotionally Disturbed (SED) young people providing with life and coping skills to help them better manage and balance the stressors and/or trauma of life. Although, Brittany works with many children, she also serves the needs of families, couples, and adults. Brittany uses a eclectic approach to therapy treatment. Some of the approaches include Person Centered, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Family Systems, and Mindfulness techniques.
School-based Therapy Team Lead
Cara Keller, LCPC graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in Psychology and holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Emporia State University. Cara has experience working in the school and clinical settings. She has worked with youth, adults, couples and families on issues ranging from marital conflict, depression, anxiety, parenting and substance abuse. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy, client centered and strength-based counseling techniques, she helps clients set goals and develop treatment plans to execute those goals. Cara’s experience allows her to provide mental health services in the school setting addressing emotional and behavioral problems in youth. Cara executes her school-based therapy techniques by building a trusting relationship in which clients feel safe to explore emotions and problem solve. She works closely with young clients and their parents or guardians to assess the child’s development, minimize behavioral problems, utilize calming techniques, introduce and model mindfulness, and practice reinforcement of positive behaviors.
Carmel Poor, LMSW, graduated with a BA in Social Work from Wichita State University and an MSW from Newman University. She has worked with people with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), families, adolescents and adults. Most recently she worked as a Behavioral Consultant for a low cost medical clinic and had her own private practice serving adults and children with mental health needs. Carmel enjoys using a blend of therapeutic approaches to best suit the client, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Behavior Support and Motivational Interviewing. Carmel is part of the DBT team and has experience working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), depression, anxiety, trauma history and emotional dysregulation. Carmel’s philosophy is that she has the honor of walking beside some people for part of their life’s journey, helping them with objective insight, sharing helpful techniques and always providing nonjudgmental positive regard and support. Sometimes what is needed is having someone believe in us and offer tips on how to solve issues that may seem overwhelming or to help us prioritize when life throws us several challenges at once.
Connie Bucy, LSAC, LAC, has worked in the substance abuse field for 35 years and has seen many changes. Besides working with those addicted; she does a lot of work with families of alcoholics to include children and adult children of alcoholics and codependents. Even after 35 years she continues to have a passion for her work and client growth. For fun she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with friends. She has been an avid horseback rider and dancer. She has a special interest in Native American culture and spirituality as reflected in Native American art and crafts which she says is her therapy.
Dr. Garry Porter is Board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Dr. Porter graduated from medical school at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Porter performed his psychiatric residency at C.F. Menninger School of Psychiatry. Dr. Porter's practice is eclectic with all age patients from 6 upwards.
Drew McClellan holds a BA in Music and a Master of Social Work, both from Wichita State University. He has experience working in crisis intervention and community organizing. Operating from a strengths-based perspective and utilizing therapeutic modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief solutions focused therapy, Drew believes that everyone is both deserving of and has the capacity to lead a happy, fulfilling life – sometimes we just need a nudge in the right direction!
Heidi Ogden, M.D, is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She is a graduate of University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Ogden treats all ages of patients, has experience as a military psychiatrist treating active duty and combat veterans. Dr. Ogden is experienced with patients with developmental disabilities and severe mental illness. Her special interests include treatment of mood and anxiety disorders including Bipolar and Obsessive Compulsive disorder.
Jennifer Light, LMSW graduated in 2000 from Washburn University with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Since then she has worked in various school settings, such as comprehensive schools, therapeutic day schools, and alternative schools. She works with children and adolescents who have behavior and social/emotional problems. She has many years of experience with individual, family and group therapy.
Jessica Geide, LMFT, graduated from Friend’s University with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jessica has worked at Catholic Charities, helping family and children recover from domestic violence trauma. Jessica also has experience working with children, families, and couples who might suffer from depression, PTSD, anxiety, self-esteem issues, marital and relationship difficulties, trauma recovery, emotion regulation, and behavior issues. Jessica believes on being client focused and working with the client to meet their goals. Jessica is trained in EMDR and sand tray.
Michael Brewer, LCMF, LCAC, Project Director and Clinical Director of Outpatient Services
Michael Brewer is dually-licensed as a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. Michael has over 17 years’ experience in the mental health and addictions treatment. He is a member of the clinical adjunct faculty of the Master of Science in Family Therapy Program at Friends University. He is dedicated to working with individuals, couples, and families to achieve a higher level of functioning during difficult times. Michael has a Master of Science in Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Friends University. He also holds the Approved Clinical Supervisor Designation from American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.
Peggy Bennett, LMSW got her BSW for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and her MSW from Wichita State University. She is a former board member of the Kansas Chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Peggy has over 12 years’ experience in social services including working for community mental health centers in both Kansas and Oklahoma. She has experience working with individuals and families who may be coping with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome and parenting issues. She utilizes Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Strengths Based Therapies. Peggy has also worked in a medical setting and has witnessed firsthand the connection between physical and mental health.
Rosa E. Starnes APRN CNS BC is a board certified advanced practice RN. She graduated for WSU with a masters in nursing in 1993. She brings 31 years of psychiatric experience 22 of which are advanced practice. She provides care for patients of all ages.
Stacey Rodriguez, LSCSW graduated with a Master's of Social Work from Washburn University. Stacey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adults and families in a variety of settings for more than 20 years. Stacey has provided counseling services for Newman University students/athletes for the past 10 years. She has been a family educator, provided children of divorce training, and also worked as a social worker. Stacey believes strongly in the sanctity of marriage and the family unit, and she works hard to preserve those relationships. She believes individuals have value and worth, and she strives to help them reach their full potential. Stacey has extensive experience providing individual, family and relationship counseling to those who want to overcome depression, anxiety, parenting, behavioral, anger management, grief, adolescent, ADHD, relationship and life issues.
Stacie Morris, LCMFT, graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, she obtained her first Master’s degree from Friends University in Family Therapy. Her second Master’s degree was obtained at Newman University where she majored in Social Work. Stacie is currently licensed as a clinical marriage and family therapist. Stacie has twelve years of experience in the field of mental health. She has been employed in a variety of clinical settings providing services to both adults, children, and families. Stacie’s therapeutic approach can be described as collaborative and client centered. When working with clients she emphasizes strengths and utilizes a systems perspective. Stacie believes that each client manifests change in a multiplicity of ways. This being the case she employs techniques designed to motivate and empower individuals to construct solutions rather than solve problems.