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.
MEET OUR COUNSELORS
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 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 @ Georgiajoannak@gmail.com -
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 is a counselor in training and on track to get his PLPC within the next few months. 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. Micah specializes in childhood and adult grief, pregnancy grief/ infertility, issues pertaining to sex/sexuality, childhood and adulthood trauma, and PTSD. Micah mainly specializes in college-age but also see's children ages +9 and adults aged 27-49. Micah is accepting clients Monday-Wednesday, 8 am-6 pm.
Johnna Burton | BCBA
Johnna Burton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is passionate about working collaboratively with kids and families to build practical strategies to enhance quality of life. She has worked in home, community and school settings for 16 years, partnering with children, schools and caregivers to work towards meaningful goals using applied behavior analysis (ABA). Johnna supports children and families in the reduction of challenging behavior by teaching new skills. She addresses gaps in skills involving functional communication, home or school routines, completing transitions, receiving feedback, expressing emotions, making mistakes, tolerating change, self-advocacy, coping skills and more. Johnna works closely with caregivers to match strategies to the household and needs of all involved. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) receives a significant amount of press for serving individuals on the autism spectrum; however, the principles of ABA can work wonders wherever there is observable, challenging behaviors that need positive shaping to create win-win scenarios.
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Please contact Johnna to schedule an intake appointment.
Beau Hamlin brings diverse experiences to the counseling room. Over the past 20 years, he has supported individuals through the ups and downs of life in various capacities. This includes work with teens and families; hospice and hospital chaplaincy (grief, stress, crisis, end-of-life issues); walking with people struggling with addiction, anxiety, and depression; and assisting individuals with goal setting, career development, and navigating relational and personal matters. As Beau finishes his master’s in clinical mental health counseling through Capella University (Expected Dec 2023), he is eager to support clients as a counseling intern at Mt. Hope Counseling Center.
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.
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.
Lize is a counseling intern specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy with children 3 and up. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Pittsburg State University and is working towards her Master's Degree in Family Studies with an Emphasis in Christian Counseling.
She has been working in the field of Behavior Analysis for the past 8 years and is well versed in Play-Based Strategies.
For rates of service or to book an appointment, reach out to the office at 417-624-9659 or text Lize at 417-501-4753.