Debi is the owner and founder of Marriage & Family Counseling Center, as well as a counselor and marriage therapist. She received her Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and earned a degree in both Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to pursuing a counseling degree, Debi obtained a dual Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) from Calvary Bible College in Youth Ministry and Music, Emphasis in Piano.
Debi has a passion for helping individuals, marriages and families achieve healthy lives and relationships, and believes that emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health all play a large part in creating healthy individuals which in turn, create healthy relationships. She brings over 20 years of experience working with couples, individuals and families prior to establishing the Marriage & Family Counseling Center. Her extensive experience was gained through work for various non-profit centers, community centers and churches in addition to her personal journey through an intense cancer battle and years of being a foster parent.
Debi enjoys speaking and leading workshops and has led various couples retreats and workshops, parenting workshops, PICK-A-Partner workshops for singles, trauma support groups, and suicide prevention trainings, in addition to speaking for non-profits, schools, churches and local colleges on a variety of mental health topics.
Debi’s specialty areas include couples and relationships, pre-marital, trauma, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, communication difficulties, and spirituality or faith concerns. She also holds the following additional trainings and certifications:
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Completed Level 1 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator Certified Prepare-Enrich Trainer for Facilitators Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Trainer Certified LOVE Thinks/PICK-A-Partner Instructor Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Debi is also a member of the American Counseling Association and is an adjunct professor in the graduate counseling program at Central Methodist University.
Jess serves the Marriage and Family Counseling Center by providing administrative client care and office management. She is a native Midwesterner and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Communications from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Before coming to MFCC, Jess served in administrative and relations roles across various organizations. She loves working behind the scenes to provide a friendly voice to our clients and ensure our office is running smoothly. She has been married to her husband Casey since 2007, and they have four busy children.
Conrad has nearly 20 years of experience as a pastor working with adolescents and adults. He has degrees in education and theology and is a certified professional life coach. He enjoys helping people figure out the next step in their lives, careers, and relationships.
While Conrad is not a licensed counselor, he brings a pastoral counseling perspective to life coaching. His areas of expertise are in life purpose, relationships, and spiritual direction. He is especially sensitive to people who have endured spiritual abuse or whose experience in church has damaged their faith.
Conrad has additional training and certification in facilitating Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and Prepare/Enrich and is currently pursuing certification in Enneagram coaching and spiritual direction.
Breezy is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and received her Masters of Education in Counseling from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. She has completed over a year of internship at Marriage & Family Counseling Center, as well as Stephens College Counseling Center, where she gained experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.
Breezy provides a safe, non-judgmental environment and values a client-driven approach, where together with the client they work to develop goals and treatment options. Breezy focuses on working with individuals, and has experience counseling those who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief or loss, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, trauma, and PTSD.
In addition to her education and internship experience, Breezy has completed training in
Evidenced-Based Treatment of Depression in Youth,
Treatment of Disruptive Behavioral Disorders in Preschool and Elementary Aged Youth
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents with Depression
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Breezy is a member of the Pinnacle Honor Society with Stephens College and a member of the American Counseling Association.
Chandra is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) with a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stephens College. She works with children, adolescents and adults dealing with relationship concerns, anxiety disorders, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, thought disorders, trauma, life transitions and existential concerns.
When we spend our energy avoiding painful thoughts, feelings and emotions, we’re often left feeling disconnected, with little to give to the things that enrich and fulfill us. Chandra is passionate about walking alongside clients as they begin to face whatever is holding them back.
Using present-focused methods including mindfulness, play, and expressive arts, Chandra helps reconnect individuals with their deepest held values and take actions that improve everyday functioning and quality of life.
Though she primarily uses acceptance and commitment therapy, Chandra draws from a wide range of evidence-based practices. Above all, she believes in meeting clients where they are and tailoring treatment to fit the individual’s specific needs.
In addition to her training in acceptance and commitment therapy, Chandra has completed trainings in dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, graduated exposure, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, expressive arts and play therapy.
Michael obtained his Associates degree from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with a Minor in Biblical Theology) from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. He was a registered Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Instructor from 2012-2016. He received additional trainings in “Core Communications” and “Marriage on the Rock”.
Michael is currently in his final year as a Practicum Student with Stephens College and is a Student Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). He has worked in foster care for the past seventeen years as a Direct Care Staff Person, House Manager, Professional Manager, and Staff Trainer. Michael hopes to work with couples in an effort to create a generational cycle of building better marriages through couples’ role modeling the insights gained through counseling as examples to others and the next generation.
Bethany is currently in her final semester of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree program at Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and will graduate in May of 2020. Bethany obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Business from Columbia College in Columbia, MO. She has enjoyed working with people since getting her start as a hairstylist in 2009.
Prior to beginning her Practicum experience with Marriage & Family Counseling Center, Bethany has worked with college students through the Stephens College Counseling Center. She has experience helping individuals work through a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and loss.
Bethany’s approach to counseling is person-centered, and she believes in putting the client and their values first. She provides a non-judgmental, safe space for her client and works with each client to discuss goals for therapy and treatment options.
Bethany is a student member of the American Counseling Association.
Tiffany Koppenaal is currently in her final semester as a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree program at Stephens College. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Stephens College in 2016. Currently she works with Boone County Family Resources as a Direct Support Specialist working with individuals with developmental disabilities to help them learn to thrive in the community.
Prior to her work with Boone County Family Resources and coming to Marriage & Family Counseling Center as a practicum student, Tiffany worked as an Addiction Recovery Technician for McCambridge Center in Columbia, MO. While working for McCambridge, Tiffany gained experience working with individuals through substance abuse treatment by facilitating psychoeducational groups and helping individuals through the 12-step program.
Tiffany is enjoys working with teenagers and adults addressing a variety of topics including anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma.
Jenny is currently in her third year of her three-year Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Central Methodist University. Jenny received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri in 2018. Jenny is completing her internship at the Marriage and Family Counseling Center for her last year of school while also an Integrated Health Specialist at the McCambridge Center for women in Columbia.
Jenny has a passion for helping individuals achieve healthy lifestyles through focusing on their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Jenny strives to be a prominent catalyst of change in each of her client’s lives. Jenny uses an interpersonal psychotherapy and motivational interviewing approach in her practice to focus on all aspects of the individual.