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Aaron McGuire, LPC
Specialties: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Marriage Therapy, Financial Counseling
Aaron McGuire, Licensed Professional Counselor, is the founder and president of McGuire Christian Counseling. Before starting MCC in May of 2008 he worked at Lakeland Regional Hospital as a counselor on the sexually maladaptive unit. Aaron has also worked with Eagle Crest Counseling and Safe Harbor Counseling in the private sector dealing with a wide variety of clients with mental health issues. Aaron is also part of Freeway Ministries where he preaches weekly, serves at a weekly men’s Bible study and sits on the board of directors to help those that struggle with addictions, social/mental health issues and life skills. Aaron started MCC to glorify Christ through superior christian counseling services.
Steve Meamber, LPC
Specialties: Integration of Christian Faith and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Experience as a teacher, industrial trainer, caregiver, 6 years of experience working with adults with developmental disabilities. I look for ways to incorporate Christian Faith into therapy. I enjoy jogging, reading, and time with family.
Richard Thayer, Psy.D
Specialties: Psychological Testing, Individual, Marital and Family Therapy
Rick is a Licensed Psychologist and provides psychological testing and therapy services for McGuire Christian Counseling. Rick's experience includes working with a wide range of disorders including attention deficit and disruptive behavior disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, impulse control disorders, and relational problems. He is the former Mental Health Director of Plainfield Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana, and the Director of Psychology of Madison State Hospital, Madison, Indiana.
Robyn Taft, LPC
Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, CBT, Addictions, Sexually Maladaptive Behaviors
Robyn relocated to the Springfield area from Arkansas 10 years ago. She acquired a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from John Brown University in 2009, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2011. She has spent most of her years in Springfield working in the Criminal Justice field, first as a Juvenile Detention Officer then a Probation and Parole Officer. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She and her husband of 12 years are actively involved in their church, volunteering, leading life groups, and facilitating classes on freedom from various addictions. Robyn has a desire to help people understand the love of God, and that being a follower of Christ does not negate life struggles but those struggles do not have to define who you are or who you are meant to be. Robyn is MCC's Director of New Hire Training.
Director of Training
Laura Tate, LPC
I am a native of Springfield, MO. I have been married for 28 years. I received my Bachelors in Counseling Psychology from Central Bible College and my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University. I have experience with crisis counseling through working on the Crisis Hotline and have worked with those experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with co-occurring disorders. I am trained in EMDR and am actively pursuing certification. I enjoy working with couples and have been trained in the Focus on the Family Hope Restored marriage model, and provide services at Focus on the Family's marriage institue. I typically approach people and situations from a holistic position, believing that we were created body, mind, and spirit and believe that we function best when all areas are healthy.
Leslie Lambkin, LPC
Leslie worked for 2 years at the St. Louis Teen Challenge as a Residential Director and Spiritual Advisor to help women struggling with life-controlling issues. Her desire to better understand emotional and mental health, led her to obtain her Masters in Counseling/Psychology at Evangel University. During which time she also worked 3 years as a substance abuse counselor. Although her specialty is addictions, Leslie has assisted individuals with other life-altering issues such as depression, anger, unemployment, suicidal thoughts, separation from children, and grief from a loved one’s passing. She uses Motivational Interviewing in a Cognitive-Behavioral theory as well as Adlerian concepts of birth order and social connectedness to encourage and empower clients. Some of Leslie’s interests include spending time with any of her 11 niece and nephews, reading a good novel, playing sand-volleyball, and attending her Bible study group.
Scott Schmidt, LPC
Specialties: Marital, Family, Depression, and Anxiety
Niche: Marriage Counseling
Scott is a Licensed Professional Counselor and MCC’s former Clinical Director. Scott is a family man enjoying life as a dedicated husband and father of three. He is involved in volunteering at his church, connecting with new people and leading a small group with his wife. Scott’s interests include family activities, wood work, fishing, hunting, and reading. As a counselor, Scott has a passion towards seeing marriages restored and reunited the way God intended them.
Special Training: Scott has completed training in Intensive Marital Therapy with Focus on the Family Marriage Institute.
Lisa Butler, LPC
Specialties: Parenting, Marriage and Family Counseling
Lisa is married with two children and relocated to Missouri from Colorado four years ago. Lisa brings a wealth of personal experience, academic training and almost 20 years of experience as a nationally certified school psychologist and is a licensed professional counselor. As a school psychologist, Lisa worked with students from preschool through high school and provided consultation to parents, instructors, and administrators to provide a deeper understanding of academic needs and services. She has worked with students suffering from severe emotional and behavioral deficits in both day treatment and self-contained classrooms. Lisa was an active member of the Crisis Response Team in Colorado and provided immediate assistance and support to children in crisis, including those directly impacted during and after the Columbine shootings.
PARENTING CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Shawna Landazuri, LCSW
Specialties: Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Bereavement Counseling
Shawna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained her Master's in Clinical Social Work from University of Southern California. Shawna is a former active duty military veteran who served as a team and squad leader in Iraq. She worked as a readjustment counseling therapist for Sepulveda & Chatsworth Vet Center before entering private practice. Her personal experience in the military and living abroad in Iraq and in Ecuador brings a great degree of cultural competence to her work and enables her to be well-suited in working with varied populations.
Kelli Windes, LPC
I am a native to the Springfield area. I received my Bachelors in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University and my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University. I love helping others and walking alongside them through life's struggles. I have experience working with individuals and families. I enjoy working with children from preschool age to high school age. I grew up in church and my faith has always been a huge part of my life. I look for ways to incorporate faith into counseling to offer hope when there may be none.
Cyndie Green, PLPC
Specialities: Grief and loss, counseling with families in ministry and play therapy with children.
Cyndie obtained her Bachelor's of Arts in Christian Education and Youth Ministries from Central Bible College. She acquired her MA in Counseling from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Cyndie has an extensive background serving in ministry with her husband and two daughters. Understanding the challenges of ministry life, she has a heart to help support those working in the field of ministry. Recently widowed and having gone through the loss of a child, Cyndie desires to help others navigate the journey of grief and loss. Cyndie also pursued training as an MFT and enjoys providing marital and family counseling. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults and likes to work with those considered to be at-risk in order to train and encourage growth. In her personal time, she enjoys the hobbies or photography, scrapbooking and family history.
Magda Romman, PLPC
Specialities: Crisis Intervention, PTSD, Trauma related issues
Magda joined McGuire Christian Counseling bringing with her the very unique experience of having worked as a physician for World Vision International in Rwanda, Central Africa.. During her time in Rwanda, Magda ministered to those affected by psychological and physical trauma associated with the genocide. Upon returning to the US, she added to her education by obtaining her Master of Arts in Counseling. Magda has extensive experience working with individuals in crisis and those who have mental health issues related to PTSD and trauma.