Jennie uses evidence based treatments in a compassionate, individualized way to help clients heal faster. Jennie often incorporates art and movement into sessions. She primarily sees adults (although occasional kids and teens) who struggle with PTSD symptoms, complicated grief or severe anxiety.
Specialties: Anxiety, PTSD, Complicated Grief & LGBTQ Affirming
Ben Shartman PLPC
Ben Shartman graduated with his Counseling Degree from Columbia College in December 2017 and is now under the supervision of Ronda Reitz, Ph.D as a provisionally licensed counselor. Ben is a caring, easy to talk to therapist who wants to help you travel the path from suffering to healing. He specializes in working with people who have experienced loss whether that’s in the form of death, divorce, friendships, a job or a dream.
Specialties: Grief, loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, Borderline Personality Disorder
Stephenie Carlson MSW, LCSW
Stephenie is a nonjudgmental therapist with a sense of humor. She considers you the expert on your own life and partners with clients to create a plan to achieve the life you want. Stephenie works with a variety of people, but has a special interest including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and those in the LGBT communities.
Specialties: Trauma & PTSD, eating disorders, gender dysphoria & mood disorders
Meet Joni Perry, MS, LPC
Joni Perry is a passionate therapist who loves watching people get better. She most commonly uses two types of therapy that research has shown are very effective: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement De-sensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Specialties: Trauma & PTSD, Emotional Disturbance, Substance Abuse & Professionals who feel "stuck"
Jessica Tappana MSW, LCSW
Founder / Director / Therapist
Jessica brings a positive energy into sessions and is passionate about helping people find healing when things seem overwhelming. She uses well researched, proven therapeutic techniques and specializes in treating clients who have experienced a traumatic event, including survivors of rape, sexual abuse or sexual assault. Jessica also sees individuals who feel overwhelmed, young adults struggling to adjust to college or individuals who simply want to cope better with stress.
Specialties: Trauma & PTSD, survivors of sexual violence, college adjustment & anxiety
Client Care Coordinator
Sheila is most likely the person you will speak to first when you are looking for a counselor. While Sheila lives out of state, her job is to help people in the Mid Missouri area get connected with the right mental health services. If you call or e-mail Aspire Counseling Sheila will respond, answer your questions about counseling and set an appointment for you to meet with one our skilled therapists.
Sheila loves connecting new clients to therapists who will be a great fit for them. As a former therapist several years ago when she practiced in Colorado, Sheila is passionate about counseling. She loves the way positive counseling relationships help people grow and heal. Sheila looks forward to hearing from you and helping to connect you with the right therapist here for your needs
Holly White, MSW
Special Projects Manager
Holly White has her Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri. Holly has a passion for helping people and believes everybody can get through life’s obstacles and that the first step to do that is to reach out to someone who can help. Holly looks forward to helping you find that person who will support and guide you in your time of need. She wants you to know that you don’t have to go through this alone. Help is available.