Deanna Street, MA, LPC

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Deanna opened Counseling Associates of the Four States, LLC in 2008 continuing with the goal of providing high quality counseling services to the surrounding area. Ms. Street is skilled in marriage and family counseling, specializing in the treatment of women’s issues, such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression and sexual trauma. Deanna is an advocate for healing early childhood trauma and treats Dissociative Identity Disorders as well as all personality disorders. Ms. Street has extensive training and experience in mental health assessment including, but not limited to; personality, intelligence, achievement, gifted, and ADD/ADHD testing.

Ms. Street has worked in the mental health field since 1989. She worked for the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital in the child and adult Psychiatric Unit. She worked with a multi-disciplinary team conducting testing and psychological assessment. In addition, she provided pre and post operative assessments for patients undergoing neurological surgery and ECT. Deanna also was part of a research team that evaluated the efficacy of various drugs on patients with anxiety disorders such as panic attacks and generalized anxiety disorder.

Deanna has experience providing individual, marriage and family counseling in a private practice setting. She was a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota and a clinic Rule 29 specialist where she reviewed all the charts to ensure that diagnoses were accurate and documented appropriately. She did personality and intelligence testing providing reports as necessary to various agencies. Deanna also presented talks on diverse topics to schools, churches and hospitals. She has experience in the group setting with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, post-partum depression, and post abortion/grief issues. Deanna is currently licensed in the state of Missouri as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Missouri Chapter of ACA. She is a clinical supervisor for individuals who are provisionally licensed by the state of Missouri.

Personal Note from Deanna:
I believe that each person has the potential within themselves to heal from trauma and/or normal life experiences and to make the necessary changes to significantly improve their current situation and emotional symptoms. I feel that it is my job to provide the atmosphere and therapeutic relationship to allow these changes to occur. You can be assured that I will help you gain the insight and the necessary skills to help you grow personally and develop a strong sense of self.

Rob Taylor, MS, LPC

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Rob Taylor has been providing counseling in the Four State area for the past 28 years. Mr. Taylor specializes in treating individuals experiencing depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. He is a trained provider of EMDR which is a world-wide known counseling technique for helping individuals suffering trauma or the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Rob has specialized training in counseling couples who are experiencing relationship distress. He has counseled children and teens in acute hospital settings, long term residential treatment centers, as well as outpatient settings over the past three decades. Rob has received specialized training in Nonviolent Crisis Prevention whereby he has helped many individuals learn ways to deescalate problematic situations. Mr. Taylor has provided workshops and training to schools and to local communities. He has worked within local schools to help teachers implement Individualized Education Plans or 504 plans for students having specific needs.

Rob has a long history of working with doctors, nurses and other health professionals in providing a multi­disciplinary treatment regimen for clients experiencing emotional distress. He currently sees many clients having ADHD and helps both parents and children learn effective strategies in effectively treating this disorder. Mr. Taylor sees many individuals experiencing distress from stressful adjustments such as divorce and blended family issues, as well as clients who are adjusting from other stressors including job or career changes or relocation to new communities.

Rob helps high school students who are needing to process future goals including career paths or the adjustment of graduating high school and either joining the full-time workforce or making decisions about college or their major. Rob is a former high school and college athlete and has talked with many student-athletes about the thrill of competition but keeping the joy and fun in sports as well.

Rob sees clients suffering bereavement from the loss of a loved one. He has counseled older adults who are experiencing depression or loneliness or are making decisions about retirement. Mr. Taylor sees parents needing help with positive parenting strategies in raising either young children or teens or needing information in navigating through “empty nest” when their children leave their home.

Rob has experience in counseling most any type of situation and is often referred by local doctors in helping individuals of all age groups who are suffering distress. Mr. Taylor is married and along with his wife has raised their three children who are now in college. Rob enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis, taking jogs, playing the guitar or piano and spending time with family and friends.

Rob is currently pursuing certification as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine
Provider which focuses on the use of nutritional, herbal and culinary medicine for the treatment of trauma and emotional and chronic physical illness.

Amber Tipton, MS, LPC, CRADC

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Amber is an experienced therapist working with individuals who have trauma, substance abuse needs, disabilities, and anger management concerns.  Amber can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing.  She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing unique life circumstances and assisting them in restoring life balance.   Amber strives to give clients excellent care in a safe and confidential environment.

Amber received her Master of Science in Counseling from Missouri State University. While working on her degree she was voted the President of COPE (Counseling Outreach and Peer Engagement), the counseling department organization to raise funds for the non-profit campus counseling clinic Center City Counseling Clinic.

Amber completed her PLPC with a co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment facility in Springfield, MO. There she was promoted to supervisor of the Nixa Clinic that assists clients who qualify for a C-Star co-occurring adult Medicaid program. She enjoyed teaching groups there such as Helping Men Recover, a group that addresses the needs of men who’ve experienced trauma and who abuse substances to cope.

Amber worked closely with state and federal probation and parole referral resources as well as referrals from Children’s Division. Amber became the primary therapist working with the federal reentry court before her departure into private practice. She also served on the Domestic Violence Task Force in Greene County for the last two years promoting awareness about domestic violence issues to reduce the number of Domestic Violence cases in Greene County.

In private practice, Amber has worked with children who have been abused, couples, and families involved with family services.

I love working with people from all walks of life. Personal growth and true happiness are attainable when given a safe environment to learn and the right tools to use.

Aimee Golden, EdS, NCC, LPC

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Aimee is a lifelong resident of Joplin. She is married and has four young daughters with her husband. Being a mother, she is keenly aware of the challenges of raising children in today’s world of constant turmoil and financial worries. She believes “it takes a village to raise a child,” but confident parents are the strong foundation upon which our children learn and grow.

Ms. Golden received her graduate degree in Community Counseling from Pittsburg State University. She has specific training in psychological assessment, including intellectual, personality, career, disability, and ADHD. She has worked with Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS) in the state of Kansas and the Department of Family Services (DFS) in Missouri for several years completing mental health and intellectual assessments. Ms. Golden is passionate about group counseling and its ability to greatly compliment individual counseling. While in college, she served as the editorial assistant for the Journal for Specialists in Group Work to the editor and was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” in the field of counseling by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). Aimee has worked as a college counselor in university counseling centers and worked in private practices with several other practicing clinicians. She has also worked at group homes for troubled children and adolescents performing both individual and family counseling, while being an active member of a treatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, caseworker, and other counselors. She was a member of the treatment team and a treating counselor for the truancy diversion program at Pittsburg State University, working with adolescents and their families to resolve emotional and behavioral problems resulting in school truancy.

Ms. Golden is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and has presented sessions on eating disorders and cinematherapy (using movies in counseling) at the ACA national conventions in Kansas City and Anaheim, California. Aimee has also been an instructor at Pittsburg State University teaching both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. She has spoken at auxiliary groups and community events regarding mental health, eating disorders, and parenting.

Ms. Golden has been counseling individuals of the Four State area since 2003, before joining Counseling Associates of the Four States, LLC in 2009. Aimee is an advocate for parents and families, and is experienced in working with behavior problems within a family. She is passionate about caring for children and strengthening the families of this community, as well as empowering parents through counseling and coaching. She also specializes in treating eating disorders and women’s issues. Aimee enjoys counseling a variety of ages in an effort to heal individuals and promote healthy relationships.


Holly McMahon, MS, LPC

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Holly has been a mental health therapist in southwest Missouri since 2011. She attended Central Methodist University to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2008. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2010. Holly has experience working in a community agency, a university health and wellness center, the public school setting, and in private practice. Holly has worked with individuals, families, and facilitated group therapies.

In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Holly is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Professional Member of the American Association of Nutrition Consultants. Holly works with her clients using an integrative and whole health approach to mental health. Understanding the connection between our mind and body is the first step in making positive changes in our mental, emotional, and physical health. Holly incorporates relaxation strategies, mindfulness training, and stress management techniques. Holly can also assist individuals in understanding what foods contribute to mental and emotional health, as well as, individuals interested in working toward a whole foods lifestyle.

Since Holly was ten years old she knew she wanted to work in the mental health field. This was when she first learned about personality, the mind, and the effects our choices can have on ourselves and on others. Holly finds privilege in witnessing others progress through self-identification and self-discovery. Through a strengths based approach, Holly hopes to help others live a life of fulfillment and of mental well-being.

Holly has worked with individuals throughout the entire life span – from children, to adolescents, to adults, and senior adults. She has experience in working with mood disorders, including stress, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Holly has experience working with individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivors of abuse. Holly also has experience in working with athletes (individual and team) who are aiming to increase awareness and mindfulness to enhance their athletic performance.

Holly has been an athlete for her entire life and played collegiate and semi-professional basketball. She loves reading, practicing yoga, Table Rock Lake, and spending time with family and friends.

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
– John Lubbock

Kathleen Garnett, MA, PLPC

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Kathleen has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations Communication from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.

Kathleen grew up in a small town near Lee’s Summit, MO.  She has always had a passion from helping others.  She worked for the U.S. House of Representative after college, until she decided to pursue an advanced degree in counseling so she could continue helping people in a professional capacity.

Kathleen has worked with clients on a variety of clinical issues.  She utilized cognitive and behavioral approaches, with mindfulness and relaxation strategies, but enjoys exploring which approach and techniques suit each client best.  She looks forward to working with a variety of ages and clinical issues here at Counseling Associates.

Kathleen believes that people were never meant to struggle through life’s inevitable challenges and problems alone.  Great things can happen when a person reaches out to another to heal, learn, and grow.  She is passionate about creating a safe place for people to express themselves without fear of judgment.  She believes C.S. Lewis expresses it well: “Be weird.  Be random. Be who you are.  Because you never know who would love the person you hide.”

Kathleen and her husband moved from Kansas City area in 2017 and have both come to love and enjoy the Joplin community a great deal.  They love to travel and experience the beautiful scenery and great diversity of culture that the world has to offer. She enjoys music, sings poorly, and plays multiple instruments tolerably.  She most enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing games, crafting, and reading.

Ginger Hayes, MS, PLPC

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Ginger has been a resident of southwest Missouri since 2007 when she and her husband of over 30 years purchased a ranch south of Joplin.  Ginger raised three sons who together have fifteen children of their own. Being a long-term wife, mother and grandmother, Ginger is aware and appreciates the impact of families on the progress and outcome of the next generations.  Therefor she recognizes generational transition and life challenges.  As a person who has lived in various locations in the world, Ginger is also aware of cultural and religious differences that may impact the success of counseling.

Ginger graduated from American Public University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and went on to obtain her master’s degree from John Brown University in 2017 in community Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family therapy and Group Therapy.  Ginger has also worked in Equine Assisted Therapy and plans to add this function to her future work.  Currently, she is enrolled in the Counselor, Education, and Supervision doctoral program at Capella University.


Ginger has worked in private counseling settings, group settings, as part of a treatment team with psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, medical staff, and students.  Ginger has also conducted group and individual counseling and group sessions through equine assisted psychotherapy and learning.  When not counseling, Ginger continues to affect change in lives though pastoring at a local cowboy/cowgirl church.


Ginger has always had a passion for people and helping them navigate issues in a kind, loyal, and non-judgmental way.  Ginger has experience with children, couples, families, and individuals in many life situations.  She believes in repairing troubled families through Parent Training.  Ginger works within a strength based, solution focused, hope filled, strategy for helping all walks of life find the life changes they seek.

As a Baby Boomer, Ginger is well able to recognize generational transitions and life challenges.  As a person who has lived in various locations in the world, Ginger is aware of cultural and religious differences that may impact the success of counseling.


Ginger looks forward to meeting new clients and helping create the personal gains and plans for healthy living.

Sara Metts, EdS, LPC

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sara has lived in Joplin for most of her life. She is married and has four grown children, one son and three daughters, with her husband of 32 years. She has enjoyed many endeavors in her life which have included parenting, being a stay-at-home mother, working in a residential setting for children in state custody, teaching, volunteering in her children’s schools and in her church, providing infant and child care, along with her career in counseling.

Sara graduated from the former Parkwood High School in Joplin. She graduated from Missouri Southern State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in May 1989. She went on to Graduate school at Pittsburg State University and received her Master’s degree in Psychology in July 1996, and her Education Specialist degree in School Psychology in July 1997.

Sara has been a mental health provider in Joplin since 2012. She has also been a school counselor for an area school providing care, education, and help to the students, school personnel, and also helped establish their counseling department.

Sara has experience working with children, teenagers and adults. She treats a variety of clinical issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and life adjustment issues. Sara incorporates the use of relaxation strategies and mindfulness training into her therapy techniques. She enjoys helping other learn strategies and techniques to help them in making improvements in their lives and to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Sara enjoys time with her family and friends, her pets, doing artwork and a variety of creative projects, reading, exercise, being outside, and self-improvement.

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