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Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Avenues for Change. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.




EMDR Trained, Brainspotting Trained, DBT Certified,

Certified Grief Counseling Specialist, TF-CBT Certified,

Emergency Responder and Public Safety Certified Clinician,

Critical Incident Stress Management Trained

Kelley is licensed in Kansas as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LCPC-S) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC). Kelley serves as the lead clinician on the Central Kansas Debriefing and Peer Support Team and assists the 10-33 Foundation.

Kelley is honored to serve first and secondary responders, military and emergency personnel, as well as their families with the knowledge and respect of the culture of the calling.   

Kelley believes we all have potential to improve our lives, no matter our situation. It is often ineffective coping skills and life stressors which have led to a pattern of behavior leading to distress and disappointment. New insight and perspective, as well as the ability for introspection and self-evaluation, can facilitate change. Kelley believes we can then be productive and successful as God designed. There is Hope.



EMDR Trained, DBT Trained, TF-CBT Certified,
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional,
Critical Incident Stress Management Trained

Christie is licensed in Kansas as a LCPC-S (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Supervisor) and a LMAC (Licensed Master Addiction Counselor). Christie is a Central Kansas Debriefing team member and a 10-33 Foundation team member.

Christie is honored to work with first and secondary responders, emergency personnel, service members, veterans, and their families. She is passionate about providing quality mental health care that meets their unique needs.

Christie’s philosophy is that children and adults can find hope, even after the most challenging life traumas. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to support them in utilizing their strengths to rebuild their resilience.

Christie serves the Manhattan location.



EMDR Trained

Heather is not currently taking new clients.

Heather is a rural Kansas native and has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings since 2004. She graduated with her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2009, and completed additional post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor working towards clinical level licensure. She has provided psychotherapy in variety of settings has experience with individual, couples, family, and group therapy.

Heather strives to assist children, adolescents, adults, and families in overcoming challenges and to achieve their goals for a full and abundant life.  Heather believes that, while at times painful, healing and growth is possible. By developing and utilizing sources of hope and encouragement, people are able to learn skills that promote and maintain changes in mood, behavior, and relationships. Heather believes in viewing a person holistically and employs a variety of approaches including play, art, and mindfulness activities. Heather often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, or Systems Therapy to educate and empower clients to identify options and alternatives to maladaptive behaviors and thinking.

Her work includes helping clients with life stressors, emotion management, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues as well as developing communication skills, conflict resolution skills, parenting skills, and coping skills.



Brainspotting Trained, DBT Trained

Stacey has lived in Great Bend for the majority of her life. She loves how the community has evolved over the past 20 years and feels blessed to have an opportunity to serve this area. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. In 2018, she earned a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fort Hays State University. She completed her internship at Healing Hearts Ranch where she learned much as a clinician and an individual. She is grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the other therapists at Avenues for Change.

Stacey's client base includes individuals, couples, and families. While she often utilizes a multi-modal approach, the therapeutic approach she most frequently uses is Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Stacey enjoys working with clients who are committed to growth in their lives. She believes seeing people progress toward their personal goals is very rewarding.



DBT Trained,
Critical Incident Stress Management Trained

Marcus is not currently taking new clients.

Marcus has been in the mental health field for over 10 years serving Central Kansas in a variety of roles. In 2012, he began working in a psychiatric hospital after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Later, he pursued a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and began practicing in 2016. Throughout his years in mental health, he has served individuals in child welfare systems, inpatient facilities, and outpatient organizations. During this time, Marcus has worked with children, adults, families, and offenders that were experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, relationship issues, personality disorders, and/or trauma.

Marcus primarily utilizes third wave therapies and other traditional approaches. He believes the client is the expert on their mental health and understands the importance of working collaboratively to improve wellness. Marcus enjoys working with first responders/emergency personnel, veterans, underserved populations, and those from diverse backgrounds.

Marcus is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Counselors for Social Justice. He is trained in Critical Incident Debriefings and is a National Certified Counselor. Additionally, he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision.




A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Alex began his work as a counselor in 2013. Since then, Alex has spent most of his career working with college students in non-clinical settings.


Alex's therapeutic foundation is based in solution-focused theory and cognitive-behavioral theory. He tends to work with clients experiencing life transitions, grief and loss/bereavement, as well as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. As a counselor, Alex believes there are times in your life when things have been different and you have the ability to determine and decide upon your path to move forward. Together, with you leading the way, you will explore new ways of thinking and ways to reduce symptoms in daily life. Through this, Alex hopes to provide you with new and different skills to help resolve your own issues.


Now serving clients in the State of Kansas in-person and online, Alex provides counseling from late adolescence through the duration of the life span. Alex earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Music, with a minor in Catholic Studies, at Loyola University Chicago; he went on to attend South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD) for a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Resource Development. 

Alex is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Kansas and a National Certified Counselor.

Alex serves clients at the Manhattan location and via telehealth.

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Marilea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who considers it an honor to serve those in her community in the therapeutic space. She specializes in working with those experiencing marriage difficulties, those seeking to make their marriage work, those moving through family fractures, and those who have a previous divorce yet seek reconciliation.


Marilea serves clients at the Manhattan location and via telehealth.

Get to know more about our incredible team today!

Please contact us at 620.796.2206 or email us at

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