Counseling Center Staff
Alyssa Porter LMSW, LAC- Alyssa graduated with a Master’s Degree Social Work from Newman University in May 2015. Alyssa is dually licensed in social work and addictions counseling. Alyssa has previous experience working in outpatient substance abuse treatment as well as 2 ½ years of experience as an addictions counselor at El Dorado Correctional Facility. Through this experience she worked with incarcerated offenders and helped them transition their substance abuse needs and services back into the community upon release from incarceration.
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.
Christopher W. Jones, LMSW graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Wichita State University and his Master's degree in Social Work from Newman University. Chris has worked as a Program Prevention Facilitator assisting adolescents with life skills development in a group setting. Chris served as a child Attendant Care worker for children and adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) by providing them with opportunities to help improve the outcomes of their future. Chris also has experience in child welfare where he worked closely with the court system and implemented case plans and permanency goals to help reintegrate children and families. As a therapist, Chris’s warm personality will help ensure his clients are at ease so they feel comfortable opening up and expressing their feelings. His great passion is bringing understanding, healing, and empowerment to others by enhancing their well-being and helping them become the greatest version of themselves. Chris’s primary areas of focus include interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, Adjustment Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
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.
Greg Crumley, LCMFT, KCGC graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business, from Webster University with an MBA, and a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. Greg works to ensure the client is comfortable and at ease when in therapy sessions and believes that everyone is doing the best they can at all times and during the “tough” times they just need a little assistance. He has over 10 years experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Wichita. He utilizes a collaborative approach with every each client and bases therapy goals on the individual needs of the client. He employs an integrative style of therapy including elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structured, Strategic, Brief Solutions Focused, Mindfulness, and other therapeutic methodologies in order to tailor each therapeutic experience to the individual. Greg works with adolescents, singles, couples, and the more “mature.” His areas of primary interest include anger, emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, marital and relationship issues and problem gambling. He is a charter member of the Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society.
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.
Jenny Hardin, LMSW, received her BSW and MSW degrees from Wichita State University. She has over 20 years experience as a licensed social worker in Wichita. Jenny specializes in strengths-based counseling with adults, couples, and teens age 12 and older. She tailors her approach to the needs and learning style of each unique client, drawing heavily on trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative, psychodynamic, systemic, and solution focused interventions. She is also trained in EMDR, hypnotherapy, critical incident stress debriefing (CISD), and Jungian dream analysis. Areas of interest include self-awareness and regulation, attachment/bonding, boundaries/assertiveness, healthy grieving, relational, LGBTQ, and building community and preventing relapse through group work. She spent 10 years in the employee assistance field as a counselor and corporate trainer and also directed a non-profit agency. Jenny views therapy as a trust-based partnership for healing and self-discovery -- a space where people can safely remember or discover their inner wisdom and capacity for growth. She received a Counselor of the Year Award in 2014 from Alternatives, Inc. based in Kansas City, and Outstanding Social Work Practicum Student recognition from WSU. She is also a member of Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Delta, and Alpha Chi Honor Societies.
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.
Kimberly Sims, LMSW, graduated with a Master's degree from Wichita State University. Kimberly has worked with families who have been affected by homelessness, poverty, and domestic violence. Kimberly also has experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and trauma. Kimberly uses therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Kristina Naillieux, LMFT, has a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Wichita State University. Kristina previously worked as a Family Preservation Therapist, helping families cope with life difficulties. Kristina also has experience working with teens, individuals, couples and families who may be suffering from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Self-esteem issues, LGBTQ, relationship difficulties, emotion regulation and life transitions. Some of the approaches that Kristina utilizes during therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, Identifying strengths and Mindfulness. Kristina strongly believes in providing a safe environment for clients to explore and find ways to cope with stresses in their lives.
Mary Chapman, LSCSW graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Mary has over 17 years experience as a licensed social worker in Kansas, and Oklahoma. She has worked with children and families involved in the Oklahoma Child Welfare system as a home-based therapist. Mary has worked with children, adolescents, individuals, and families dealing with depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant disorder, Bipolar disorder, traumatic stress, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, and emotion regulation. Mary has also worked at Hospice providing grief and loss therapy, education related to disease process, and end of life issues. She assisted bereaving family members by guiding them through the grieving process individually as well as in a monthly bereavement group. She provides an environment which is accepting, non-judgmental, supportive, and collaborative. Mary has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF CBT), Sand Tray Therapy techniques, Play and Art Therapy techniques, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She also utilizes Solution-Focused, and Strengths Based Therapies.
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.
Rhonda L. Nutter, LMSW, graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and graduated from Newman University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Rhonda has worked in a variety of roles in the community social services setting including working with the SPMI population as well as with children and adolescents individually and in the group setting. Rhonda’s interests include couples counseling, trauma, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and SPMI symptom management. Rhonda is also a Prepare and Enrich facilitator, a relationship inventory and skill-building program for couples.
Seth R. Osborn, LSCSW Working with client's age five (5) through adulthood has given Seth insight into the many issues affecting children and families today. Seth graduated from Wichita State University with a Master's in Social Work. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pittsburg State University where he received a Bachelor's of Social Work. Seth has experience in multiple clinical settings, including traditional outpatient services, crisis intervention, group, residential (youth and adult), private practice, foster care, and the department of corrections. He also provides clinical services including individual, group, couples and family therapy for a wide range of presenting issues.Seth is trained in the use of a wide range of therapeutic interventions and theories, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Solution -Focused, Narrative, Dialectic Behavior, Experiential, and working with families from a systemic approach with a strategic base. He is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) a specific therapeutic approach directed towards the treatment and resolution of trauma. He is also certified to provide PREPARE/ENRICH premarital and marital assessments.
Sherida Valpoort-Jones, LMFT, graduated with a BS in Psychology from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. She has extensive experience in community mental health settings serving children and adults with a variety of mental health needs. She has experience working with children and families involved in the Kansas child welfare system as a home-based therapist. Her areas of primary interest include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, marital and relationship issues.
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.