Meet Our Counselors

Child Counseling Professionals in Cape Girardeau

Shannon Anderson MA, LPC, NCC, KPMT
Owner, Clinical Director

 

Shannon Anderson is the Owner and Clinical Director of Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center. Shannon provides child counseling for children and teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  He is a Parent Management Training Clinician in the Kazdin MethodTM (KPMT). Parent Management Training is an Evidenced-Based Treatments for children and teens with defiant, aggressive, and antisocial behaviors.


Shannon is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. He has advanced training in Play Therapy which guides his work with younger children and their families.  

Shannon has been the owner and Clinical Director of Tender Hearts since August of 2010. He focuses his work on Child Counseling, Teen Counseling, and Family Counseling services.


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Counselors currently providing Child Counseling and Family Counseling at the Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center Main Office in Cape Girardeau, MO


H. Lynn Busch MA, LPC
Lynn works with children and teens who are struggling with a variety of childhood problems. Lynn works with children dealing with ADHD, anger, anxiety, and depression. Lynn particularly enjoys working with teens who are navigating anxiety and depression. Lynn believes in the importance of providing a supportive environment so that all children can grow up to become the person they want to be.


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Cecelia Bradley, LCSW
Cecelia is a child counselor and a family counselor, specializing in anger management, trauma, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in kids. Cecelia also has years of experience working with children in the foster care system.


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Rachel Lasher MA, PLPC
Rachel is a child counselor, specializing in anxiety, depression, anger management, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Rachel is currently working on obtaining additional certification to be come a Registered Play Therapist. She also works with teens and understands the unique challenges that today’s teens face. Rachel predominately practices from a Person-Centered approach. She believes that with the right support, her clients are capable of anything.


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Shelby Hailey MA, PLPC
Shelby is a child counselor and teen counselor, who specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, and other stressor-related problems. Shelby believes in creating a safe place for her clients to explore and collaboratively work towards their goals. She believes in her client’s unique ability for growth and change.


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Brandon Jones Ed.S., PLPC
Brandon is a teen counselor, who specializes in anxiety, depression, and trauma therapy. Brandon also works with children 10 years old and older. Brandon believes it is important to help children and teens identify what they want their lives to look like and help them take the steps to creating that future for themselves.


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Laura Brown, LMSW
Laura specializes in teen and child counseling for those struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She also enjoys working with children in the foster care system. Laura predominately uses Solution-Focused therapeutic approach in her counseling. Laura helps her clients find solutions to their problems and learn problem-solving skills to tackle any problems her clients may face in the future.


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Lisa Laffoon MA, CIT
Lisa is a teen counselor, who specializes in anxiety, depression, and life stress issues. Lisa understand that the teen years can be difficult for many, and her primary goal is to truly listen to what her clients say are bothering them. She then works with her clients to establish what “better” looks like for them and collaborates on steps her clients can take to achieve that “better.”


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Robbin Moore, MA
Robbin Moore is a life coach for children and teens. As a life coach, Robbin uses a goal-oriented, holistic approach to helping her clients identify life goals and the steps that her clients need to take to achieve those goals. If you’re looking for a holistic approach, without a mental health diagnosis, then coaching with Robbin is perfect for your family!


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Child Counselors, Teen Counselors and Family Counselors at the Farmington MO Office


Derek Stricklin MS, LPC
Derek is a teen counselor, specializing in working with teens who are having behavioral problems. He works from the promise that most individuals want to live a stress-free life and want to belong to something.


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Dewayne Robertson MSW, LCSW
Dewayne is a child and teen counselor who specializes in helping his clients deal with anger problems and depression problems. Dewayne also works with children and teens who are struggling with a variety of life changes. Additionally, Dewayne provides family counseling to help families cope with transitions, heal from past hurts, and get to a better place.


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Robert VanderMyde, PLPC
Robert is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children and teens who have experienced abuse or neglect. Robert believes in creating an atmosphere in his counseling sessions that helps his clients heal from past hurts and trauma associated with abuse or neglect. Robert also has experience working with children and teens who are on the Autism Spectrum.

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Kelly Bouse MA, CIT
Kelly is a teen and child counselor, specializing in the areas of anxiety, depression, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, grief, and divorce. Kelly primarily uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in his sessions.


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Child Counselors, Teen Counselors and Family Counselors at the Arnold MO Office


Ava Johnson MA, PLPC
Ava provides child and teen counseling for anger management and trauma. Ava also enjoys working with children and teens who are struggling with a life change, such as divorce, grief, or being placed in foster care. Ava understands that for children and teens, these life changes can have deep and lasting impacts. Ava splits her time between our Farmington and Arnold offices.


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Jamie Montgomery MA, PLPC
Jamie works with children, teens, and their families who are experiencing anxiety or life stress. Jamie enjoys empowering her clients to find solutions to their problems and make real, lasting life changes through the therapy process. Jamie works in both the Arnold and Farmington offices.


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Melissa Brennan MA, PLPC
Melissa specializes in child and teen counseling for those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment issues, and other behavioral problems. Melissa frequently uses play therapy techniques with younger children. With older children she uses CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) in combination with other therapeutic techniques that best fit the needs of each of her individual clients.

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Child Counselors, Teen Counselors and Family Counselors at the Fenton MO Office


Michael Singleton MEd, PLPC
Michael works with children and teens experiencing ADHD, addiction, trauma, and grief. Michael understands that there are times when children and teens don’t have the words to express who they are or what they want to say. As a counselor Mike uses an integrated approach, working individually with his child and teen clients while incorporating family therapy as needed to help his clients achieve excellent results. He works in both the Fenton and Farmington offices.

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Alicia Linker MA, LPC
Alicia works with teens experiencing anxiety, depression, or trauma. Alicia enjoys helping her clients navigate the unique challenges that today’s teen’s face.

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Mike Kalinowski, LPC
Mike works with teens and young adults and is an experienced LGBTQIA+ counselor. Mike uses a variety of therapeutic approaches in his counseling sessions and continually strives to provide a non-judgmental, warm environment for his clients.

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