A man is walking down a street when he falls into a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. A doctor passes by, and the man shouts up, "Hey you! Can you help me out?" The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. A priest comes along, and the man shouts, "Father, I'm down in this hole. Can you help me out?" The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole, and moves on. Then a friend walks by. The man cries out, "Hey Joe, it's me. Can you help me out?" And the friend jumps into the hole. The man says, "Joe, are you stupid? Now we're both stuck down here." The friend says, "Yeah, but I've been down here before…and I know the way out."
How many times have you jumped in to help someone? Countless. Why? Because at your core lies a helper. You show up when no one else can or will. You give your all until it emotionally and physically hurts. Regardless of how tired, beat up, and bruised you become—you keep giving. But, WHY? Others don't seem to understand. It's exhausting. Sometimes you're so depleted, you feel you have nothing left to give. Yet, you persist. You continue to shove your anxiety, depression, and trauma away, buried deep inside the back of the closet. That is until the baggage begins to accumulate, and the closet is bursting at the seams.
You might be a college student struggling to come to terms with your childhood. Or a busy, overwhelmed mom, desperately trying to keep it all together. An overworked tireless public servant. A medical professional who has been battling on the front lines, supporting your patient's physical and mental well-being. A first responder running toward the blazing fire, a critical victim, or a criminal assailant. You're crispy around the edges, on the cusp of burnout and outright collapse. Everyone's story is different. Yet, we all have a common thread.
You're a giver, helper, fixer, teacher, confidant—whose tank is completely empty, struggling to keep up with all the demands of others.
It's becoming evident to your loved ones, co-workers, and colleagues you're suffering. Now you are in the hole. They try to help. But their words are often the exact opposite. "Why don't you set boundaries?" "Can't you just get another job?" "Let someone else do it." "Well, what did you expect would happen? You knew what you signed up for."
In the midst of their efforts to help—it quickly can turn into anger, ridicule, blaming, bitterness. Sound familiar? But they've never been in the hole. They can't fully get it! Even those helpers who "should know better" often fall into the toxic patterns designed to keep you (i.e., the helper) stuck in a vicious cycle.
Let's face it. If you're stuck in a hole, fumbling in the dark, busting at the seams with a closet full of unresolved trauma...How helpful can you really be? None. Zip. Zilch. Nada! And…you know it. That's why you're here.
You were never meant to carry alone the stories, the images, the feelings. Yet, who's there to help you shoulder the burden? Well…probably lots of folks if we dig deep enough. But you'd never ask them to carry the load. You're likely thinking, "But, that's my job!"
I get it. You're so accustomed to donning the cape and riding to the rescue for others. It feels too uncomfortable, too vulnerable… just wrong somehow, letting others do the same for you. Despite all of those worries, doubts, and uncomfortable feelings… you're here. You're willing to dig in and do the work for yourself, your loved ones, and your community.
As a lifelong helper (personally and professionally), I've encountered my fair share of painful life experiences, toxic work cultures, well-meaning loved ones, and colleagues who desperately wanted to help but couldn't.
My calling is to help the helpers.
My Background and Approach
For most of my career, I've focused on supporting people with crippling mental health disorders, intense trauma histories who have significant legal issues with very few resources. For the past 10 years, I have worked in a forensic psychiatric hospital as a clinical social worker. I found a passion for caring for those our communities many have forgotten.
My extensive training in various evidence-based approaches makes me uniquely qualified to support you. This includes but is not limited to Trauma-Focused -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma. My wide range of leadership roles gives me the necessary experience and insight to support you in navigating the personal and professional leadership roles in your life. Together we will work to ensure you thrive in these roles as you continue to set your sights as high as you'd like.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Everyone is worthy of compassionate care. I'm here to help you uncover your innate strengths and build on them to re-write your story. Together, we will continue to develop and grow in those strengths.
Watching my fellow colleagues step up to care for others, I found a new calling. My passion is helping the helpers in our communities. Those that show up to take care of others, teach, protect, and serve. I continue to fulfill this passion by providing counseling and developing and leading training for first-responders and front-line staff to build their personal resiliencies. It's critical we take care of ourselves. If we don't, what do we have left to give others?
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Hi! My name's Jemika Gardner and I'm a Licensed Master Social Worker. I earned my degree from the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!).
As a Clinical Therapist. my passion is working with kids, teens, college students, and emerging professionals treating a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, anger issues, oppositional defiant disorder, self-esteem, women's issues, and grief and loss. Additional areas of interest include postpartum and borderline personality disorder. My treatment style is a combination of CBT, DBT, CPT, play therapy, person-centered therapy.
I am originally from the Chicago area. I am the oldest of 4 and my family is super important to me so I like to travel home to visit as often as possible. I am a dog mom to my sweet shih tzu Belle (I refuse to admit how spoiled she is). When I am not working I am usually crafting, reading, re-watching shows I've seen a billion times, or hanging out with friends and family.
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Hi! My name's Rebecca Nobles-Jackson. Starting the journey of healing can feel daunting, my goal is to meet you where you are and work with you to get you where you want to be. I strive to create a warm, supportive, and safe environment that promotes deeper exploration and understanding of one’s emotional experiences. I provide services through a person centered lens that also encompasses self acceptance, equity and health at every size. My goal is to create a space of racial, gender, and size equity. I am trained in providing in depth services to people struggling with a number mental illnesses. I am also trained to work with clients at any point in the intersections of oppression and my services are LGBQTIA+ affirming. My hope is that the knowledge and tools clients gain in therapy will facilitate continued growth and development after therapy is completed.
I believe my success with such diverse clients stems directly from my ability to deeply understand my clients’ perspectives and needs. I strive to precisely personalize evidence-based approaches to my clients specific situation(s). I recognize that each client’s unique situation calls for a vastly different therapeutic approach. No matter the client’s goals, I always join them in a compassionate, non-judgmental partnership to help my clients achieve their goals and move forward in their lives how they choose. My sessions are a blend of exploration, reflection, problem-solving, and action.
I have received extensive training or certification in the following areas:
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Between work, career, social life, kids, pets, finances, housework – let’s face it – the struggle is real. I’m here to help you navigate life’s daily grind while embracing those unique, funny, spicy, endearing, and beautiful imperfections along the way.
My name is Stephanie Topham (she/her/hers). Like you, I’m no stranger to the chaos that is the balancing act of life. Each day, we often feel the pressure to deliver flawless, Instagram-worthy performances in every role we take on. While we can certainly work to make adjustments toward setting ourselves up for success, I also want to help you become acquainted with your special “youness” – your idiosyncrasies, your secret sauce, your X Factor.
Currently, I offer services as both an ADHD Coach and Student Counselor Intern. As an ADHD Coach, I can help you harness your strengths, learn effective strategies, and implement realistic, concrete approaches to attaining your short-term to long-term goals.
In my role as a Student Counselor Intern, I take on a holistic and individualized approach so that we can dive into work your way. I work with high school and college students, young professionals, and adults. I provide a combination of in-person and virtual appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm.
Education & Experience:
Stephanie is a Certified ADHD Educator as well as a graduate student in Central Methodist University’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program, anticipating graduation in May 2022. Stephanie has been accepted as a student into Kansas City University’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program and plans to begin study in Fall 2022.
Professionally, Stephanie is a former High School English teacher and has an innate ardor for learning and educational growth. As a counselor intern, Stephanie has experience working at Central Methodist University’s Clinical Counseling Center serving the diverse college student population and faculty/staff. Stephanie has experience working with anxiety, panic, depression, relationship/family issues, career-related issues, health issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, multicultural relations, and substance use.
Stephanie recently completed the National Career Development Association’s Facilitating Career Development training for Career Services Provider and is working toward the Certified Career Counselor credential. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), National Career Development Association (NCDA), Association of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness (ACSSW), and Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA), and has presented at the state-level MMHCA Annual Conference in 2020 as a student.
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As a Dietitian Nutritionist, I'm here to help you cultivate a healthy enjoyable relationship with food from start to finish! At Brave, we promote loving our bodies and ourselves. It's not about giving up the foods you love but finding a better balance.
Are you a college student or young adult with a desire to navigate the kitchen? Would you like to gain confidence in creating a meal that's good for your body and your soul? Would you like to shed the weight without completely giving up the foods you love? Are you ready to reduce the worry and stress of not knowing what to make for dinner? Maybe you'd just like to create a unique date night experience while learning a new skill together?
Hello! My name is LeAnn Robley and I am a registered dietitian nutritionist. My current consultations include weight management, weight loss or weight gain, type two diabetes, cardiovascular health, gastroparesis/other GI issues, I have a certification in Adult Weight Management and a board certification in Obesity and Weight Management for Adults (CSOWM).
If you said yes to any of these questions, I can help! I provide a variety of services related to nutrition and food. Reach out today!
Education & Experience:
LeAnn attended undergrad at Missouri State University (Go Bears!) and graduated in 2015 with a BS in dietetics. She attended grad school at Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO) and received a MA in Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies.
After completing her graduate degree, she spent two years working at a maximum-security psychiatric facility working with individuals who had schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, etc. She worked with these patients in regard to meal plans and medication interactions. Her primary role was to help with weight management. She has gone on to work at the University Hospital in outpatient at the Weight Management and Metabolic Institute as well as covered the outpatient neuro and general health clinic.
A little more about me...
I have lived in Columbia for the last four years. I grew up in central Missouri, so I was excited to come back home! I have a dog named Maggie who I adore. I recently started a blog/website called The Realistic Eats (check it out at therealisticeats.com). I enjoy going to hot yoga, biking on the MKT, red wine while cooking, and going for daily walks!
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Too many teens, college students and young adults haven't master the art & technique of creating a well-balanced, delicious meal from the comfort of their own kitchen! LeAnn is here to support you in cultivating and sharpening your skills in the kitchen.
Together, you will identify meals YOU would love to learn how to make at home. You might choose meals which are less complex and fast to pull together such as pasta, tacos, fish, burgers or steak. OR you might choose slightly more complex meals which take a little more time such as ham, roast, duck, or ribs. Regardless, by the end you will have created a fantastic meal you can be proud of!
When was the last time you had a date night? COVID hasn't made it any easier! Here's only so new experiences and activities we can do with our partner. We invite you to create an intimate date night a home by leaning to prepare a new meal together! Our professional dietician will provide all the necessary ingredients and guidance to ensure a wonderful evening.
Eating is a HUGE part of our culture! We often connect with people over a drink and bite to eat. It's important to keep in mind the process of preparing and creating the meal is just as important! Together, we can model for your children how to create a well-balanced meal with the one's you love.
No one in our lifetime has been through anything like this. We don't have all the answers. But we do have experience helping people heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. We know the ripple effect of COVID-19 has impacted these areas.