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Joel Duncan, MA, NCC, LPC

Master’s Degree – Counseling
Board Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor
President Oklahoma Counseling Association

I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oklahoma since 2003, and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2001. I obtained a bachelors degree in Theology from Criswell College in Dallas, Texas in 1990. I completed my Master’s Degree in counseling at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 1999. I performed my internship at East Carolina University, then supervision at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for four years, providing therapy to college-aged clients for a wide range of presentations, including depression, anger, trauma, sexual identity, substance abuse, academic achievement, career decisions, and psychological concerns.

In 2002 I moved back to my hometown of McAlester, Oklahoma. I worked as Counselor-Spiritual Care Coordinator for Hospice, counseling terminal clients and their families. While there I provided in-home psychological and spiritual support, specializing in grief, coping skills, meaning/purpose evaluation, and life review using cognitive-behavioral interventions. In January 2005, I opened a private practice where I provide confidential counseling, assessment, and referral services to adults and children. In 2013 we expanded to a Mental Health Clinic, adding therapists specializing in couples, family, and group counseling.

Our office is private, quiet, handicap accessible, and provides a relaxed, comfortable environment. We strive daily to provide our patients with care, respect, honesty, integrity and empathy, helping them reach their goals, overcome life’s challenges, and live a happier, more fulfilled life.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Theology – Criswell College, Dallas, TX
Master’s Degree in Counseling – East Carolina Univ., Greenville, NC
Ph.D. Candidate – Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Licensing
Licensed Professional Counselor – State of Oklahoma, Department of Health
Board Certified Counselor

Associations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Oklahoma Counseling Association (OCA)
American Association of Christian Counselors (ACCA)
OCA Christian Counselor Division
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society

Experience
5 years in ministry
over 20 years in private business
over 15 years in counseling


Lori Roberts, Med, LPC

Master’s Degree – Counseling
Certified School Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor
State Board Approved LPC Supervisor

At some point, we all find ourselves struggling to get past a problem, whether that problem is with an important relationship, or a personal emotional challenge. I counsel from a non-judgmental perspective and utilize a client-centered approach. After all, therapy is about YOU! I strive to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, honesty, and trust with all my clients. My focus is in Couples Counseling, using proven techniques to get relationships back on track. In addition, I work with individuals in crisis and help provide stabilization and restoration during these difficult times. In my treatment of these and other life interfering disorders, I make use of evidence-based practices and techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe in a holistic approach to health and that all components of one’s life are connected.

I have experience treating ADHD, Anxiety, Anger Management, Adjustment Disorders, Depression, Suicidal Ideation and many other emotional issues. My experience also includes working with individuals exposed to trauma, abuse and neglect as well as helping patients prepare for weight loss surgery. One of my strengths is Marriage Counseling to assist in creating healthy marriages and families.

My career includes many years as a teacher of children, adolescents and adults. After leaving the education field I returned to school and completed my LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) post-graduate work. I have been married to the same man for almost 30 years and together we have two grown children. After teaching in Houston, TX for two years, we moved back to the great state of Oklahoma where I taught for eighteen more years. During that time I earned a Masters in education under the umbrella of Counseling in 2002 from East Central University in Ada, Ok. In 2008 I returned to ECU and finished the coursework for the LPC program in 2009. I have worked as a Career Guidance Counselor, a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist (BHRS), and now I am a very happy Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). My goal in therapy is to help others navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier, happier and safer life. I work with you to help you achieve your goals.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education-Northeastern State University
Master’s Degree in Education/Counseling – East Central University

Licensing
Licensed Professional Counselor – State of Oklahoma, Department of Health
State Board Approved LPC Supervisor

Associations
American Counselor Association (ACA)
Oklahoma Counseling Association (OCA)

Experience
21 Years in Education-Currently Certified in Oklahoma
12 Years Experience in Mental Health Field


Chasity Burke, MS, LPC, RRT Practitioner

Master’s Degree – Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor

I knew when I was 14 years old that I wanted to work in the counseling field and always felt God pulling me to help others and that desire and passion continued to grow as I got older. I have been blessed beyond measure to have had so many unique and amazing people cross my path and been an active participant in their recovery and journey to attain peace, freedom, and happiness.

I have experience working with children, families, and adults. I have assisted children with intellectual disabilities and sensory processing disorders, geriatric clients that are in various stages of Dementia, and have had the privilege to help clients with more severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, adults and children struggling with suicidal ideations and self-harming behaviors, homicidal ideations, and visual/auditory hallucinations as well as experience assisting people that have been fighting addiction.

I have a background and training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Grief training, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and Certification for Rapid Resolution Therapy. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling has given me the opportunity to assist clients and families with intellectual disabilities as well as provided me with more insight into physical disabilities and limitations that have an impact at an emotional level and can have a profound effect on that individual and their loved ones.

Rapid Resolution Therapy is a beautiful way to assist people in healing painlessly. What I mean by healing painlessly is that with traditional talk therapy the healing process takes several weeks, months, and sometimes years to feel relief from problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and it is often a painful process. RRT is a trauma informed approach that does not re-traumatize the person or require repeated exposure for the person to heal from the effects of the trauma they experienced. People feel immediate relief after just one session!

Education
Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Human Services Counseling from East Central University in 2012.
Master of Science Degree with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling through East Central University in 2015.
Master’s Degree – Counseling

Licensing
Licensed Professional Counselor – State of Oklahoma, Department of Health


Bonnie Ward, Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
Trained in Neurofeedback, Othmer Method
EMDR trained

When human beings experience life stressors it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. This may occur from major life events or from the result of our fast and busy lifestyles. My great passion is helping people heal and get their life back on track.

I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual. My primary treatment method is Neurofeedback which I have found to be effective for a wide range of problems. Neurofeedback is a method in which the brain is essentially “retrained” to function more effectively and calms the nervous system. I also provide cognitive behavioral therapy in conjunction with the Neurofeedback.

I also offer cognitive behavior Therapy for pain management. This is a ten week program designed to help people with chronic pain manage their symptoms with hopefully less dependence on pharmaceuticals. Although some people will never be “pain free” or drug free this model has proved to
be effective in helping people gain a new perspective and ways of dealing with their pain to help them return to work or participate in life again.

I am also trained in Eye Movement and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation
East Central University, Ada, Ok
Master’s degree in Human Service counseling –East central University, Ada, Ok
EMDR Trained
Neurofeedback Trained – Orthmer Method

Licensing
Licensed Professional Counselor-State of Oklahoma
State of Oklahoma, Department of Health

Associations
Oklahoma Counseling Association
OCA Mental Health Division

Experience
20 years in the Vocational Rehabilitation Field
15 years in the Mental Health Field


Kasey Sawyer, Office Manager

With over 4 years experience in office setting and a track record of strong performance in high-pressure environments, skillfully managing administrative duties and client relations for her colleagues at OCC. Not only handling day-to-day office administrative duties, also responsible for making the office run smoothly by frequently interacting with clients, answering general office phone calls and emails so that the consultants and actuaries can focus on work for our clients. She also ensures the office has the necessary supplies and equipment needed, and coordinates the office activities. She is also in charge of the accounting department, including invoicing, accounts payable and insurance requests.

In my spare time I enjoy doing photography, playing with my kids, fishing, hunting and going camping.

Education
Attending Colorado Technical University- Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice


Briana Bueno, Receptionist

Briana joined our team in July 2019 and is excited to start her part-time career in our office. She is from McAlester, Oklahoma; she is engaged and has a wonderful daughter.

Education
Attending EOSC with a major in Psychology


“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

“As a man thinks, he is.”
Proverbs 23:7