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Our counselors draw upon their professional training, formal education and experiences to address the unique mental, emotional, spiritual and relational needs of each person.

While we are committed to a Christian perspective in approaching mental health issues, we are also sensitive to perspectives of others and those who do not identify with the faith.

To take advantage of our online booking system through Jane App, click on the button below. If you would rather talk to someone in person, you may call 417-624-9659 between the hours of 1 and 5 pm on weekdays. You may also leave a message through the form below at any time. 


Dr. Karl Wendt. Middle aged, caucasion male. Shorter dark hair, glasses, smiling.

Dr. Karl Wendt | PhD | LPC | AAMT

Director of the Mount Hope Counseling Center that has been in operation now for 35+ years delivering hope to those in need.

Dr. Karl specializes in Marriage & Family Counseling.

Marissa is a younger middle aged caucasion female. She has a huge smile and long reddish brown hair. She is wearing a teal shirt.

Marissa Fort-Conrad | M.S. | PLPC | NCC                                     | CSI

Marissa is a trauma informed practitioner who approaches the therapeutic alliance through a holistic lens, recognizing that your mind, body, and spirit all play a role in how you feel. She specializes in individual counseling for adults, adolescents, and children, as well as family counseling. She is EMDR trained, play therapy certified, and has extensive training in the areas of attachment, family systems, Somatic Experiencing, Compassionate Inquiry, and Polyvagal Theory.


Darla Wyatt  | LPC


Darla has a heart for couples and enjoys coming alongside those who are struggling relationally, to instill hope and help them resolve their conflict. Darla has helped many couples restore trust in their relationship after an affair or betrayal. In addition to working with couples, Darla also works with women who are dealing with emotional difficulties such as depression or anxiety. She will work with the client to determine the best treatment for them so they can achieve their goals. 


Georgia Kinslow M.S. | PLPC | NCC

Georgia Kinslow, M.S., PLPC, NCC,** is a trauma informed therapist specializing in individual therapy. She works with clients ages 18 and up and utilizes an evidence-based humanistic approach customized to fit your needs. She has training in Sandtray, Creative Arts therapy, & responding to/educating others about sexual assault and violence against women.  She can provide telehealth sessions to clients in the state of Missouri. Reach out with questions or to book an appointment! You can call the office at Mt Hope, or contact Georgia directly by email or text @ -


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Adam Forrest

Forrest completed his master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Pittsburg State University. He is a counselor in training on his way to getting his PLPC in a few months. Forrest works with adults, teens, and children specializing in individual, couples, marriage, family and group counseling. He works with individuals struggling with relational and socialization challenges, ADHD, chronic pain, physical and sexual trauma, anxiety, depression and grief, as well as organizational and financial counseling. Forrest offers telehealth options to those residing in the state of Missouri and can accommodate both early and late appointments if scheduled with him in advance.

Micah Clark. Younger male, with short darker brown hair, light goatee and mustache. Waring a grayish blue and white plaid shirt.

Micah Clark


Micah Clark is a PLPC and a grief recovery specialist. Micah earned his bachelor's in psychology and counseling from Ozark Christian College and his master's in clinical mental health counseling from Liberty University. He specializes in grief and infertility issues with ages 18+, making an exception for teens under the age of 18, should issues pertain to grief. Micah gathers his experience from his own battle with grief and infertility, while also being trained in grief care. Micah is also certified in the grief recovery method, helping clients process buried complex emotions dealt by grief incidents. He currently has a waitlist for the grief recovery method; he’s expecting to start individual and groups soon. He is currently accepting regular clients Wednesday-Friday.

 Caleb Boggs | PLPC


Caleb Boggs is a provisional licensed professional counselor with a special love for working with children.

Caleb uses the therapeutic powers of play to help kids and their families address a wide variety of issues like anger, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, anxiety, depression, and defiance.

Additionally, Caleb has experience counseling teens, college students, and adults from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach. Caleb is eager to welcome clients wherever they are in life!

Caleb graduated from John Brown University with a master’s degree in Counseling and an emphasis in play therapy. He has 5+ years of experience working with kids, teens, and families in youth ministry.



Shira Hearn | LMFT

Shira Hearn is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary where she earned her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).  Her areas of passion and the focus of her work is in healing families, assisting couples to build solid, lasting and fulfilling marriages and working with adults and teenagers towards healthy lives. 

Shira is a native of Jerusalem, Israel, where her father is Rector of Christ Church Jerusalem.  She left Israel ten years ago to join her husband in California and moved to Missouri two years ago. Throughout her life Shira has been immersed in the language, history, geography and culture of the Bible and often employs biblical imagery and narrative in her healing work. When not at work, she reads, plays legos with her 4 year old triplets and spends as much time outdoors as possible.

**Shira is happily accepting new clients.**


Cassidy Robinson

Cassidy Robinson is a student at Amridge University, studying to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is supervised by Shira Hearn, LMFT (license no. 2022045023). Cassidy helps individuals, couples, and families heal their hurts and create meaningful, healthy relationships. She is a Prepare/Enrich Certified Facilitator, which is a premarital counseling assessment program, and she has completed EFT Externship, which is the first step of certification for Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT). 

Cassidy grew up in southeast Kansas where her parents planted and pastored a Christian church. She became a Joplin local in 2015 when she began her undergraduate studies at Ozark Christian College. Currently, Cassidy enjoys playing pickleball with the Joplin league, drinking Bearded Lady coffee, and gardening with her husband.

**Cassidy is not accepting new clients at this time.**


Gaby Brownlee


Gaby is pursuing her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling through Colorado Christian University's online program, as she begins her internship at Mt. Hope. Gaby graduated from Ozark Christian College and has loved serving in her church community as a youth leader for the last 5 years. 
Gaby's heart for counseling is centered in a trusted relationship, as she believes everyone has a story that deserves to be told, heard, and explored so that they may be fully known. She is honored to walk along side her clients as they gain strength in self awareness. Gaby is passionate  about meeting the client where they are at with the struggles and challenges they bring into the room. These could include relational and interpersonal dynamics, life circumstances/change, grief and trauma, sexuality and identity, spirituality/faith, depression and anxiety. **Gaby is currently accepting new clients, individuals: teens ages 16+, college age and adults.**

Jonathan Trotter | RN | JD

As an intern with Mt. Hope, Jonathan is excited to offer marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, and individual counseling to clients thirteen and over. Since 2014, Jonathan has walked alongside hundreds of couples and individuals in dozens of countries. He has experience journeying with people through issues such as grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, abuse (spiritual, sexual, physical, emotional), debriefing, ministry burnout, and addictions. 

With couples, Jonathan utilizes an attachment-based, emotion-focused approach. He also greatly appreciates the evidence-based tools and resources from Dr. John Gottman. With all clients, Jonathan takes a person-centered, trauma-informed, experiential approach.

From 2012 to 2020, he and his family served as cross-cultural missionaries in Phnom Penh Cambodia. Prior to that, he worked bi-vocationally as an ER/trauma nurse and youth and worship pastor. He is a licensed attorney in California (inactive) and is currently completing his master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Colorado Christian University.


Seth Culp

Seth Culp strongly believes that clients come into therapy with many strengths that have been developed to cope with life challenges.  From this, he brings a strengths-based approach that acknowledges the skills that have helped clients survive to where they are now and works to help clients explore and expand these qualities through building a safe and secure therapeutic relationship. 
Seth practices from a trauma-informed lens and uses a systemic approach to therapy that emphasizes empathy and unconditional positive regard.  
Seth has a history in ministry and leadership development. From his experience as a husband and father, he gained a special interest in fathers, marriage, and families. He offers individual, couple, and family counseling.
He is currently attending Abilene Christian University to obtain his Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Trauma. He is supervised by Shira Hearn, LMFT.

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