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Team

Nicole Prado, PsyD

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Dr. Nicole Prado is a Licensed Psychologist and joined the Center for Counseling and Training in January 2018.  Dr. Prado received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, her Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University and her Doctorate degree from California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California.

Prior to moving from California to Missouri in July 2017, Dr. Prado worked in private practice with families, couples and individuals 10 years old and up.  Dr. Prado has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents in school settings, collaborating with school staff and participating in Individual Education Planning meetings.  In addition, she has worked in many different settings and with all demographics throughout her 16 year career. She has been trained in working with teen issues, abuse/trauma, family and relationship matters, post-partum, PTSD, LGBTQ clients, depression, anxiety, social skills, divorce, custody/visitation changes, and attention-deficit disorder.
Nicole believes the foundation of therapy is working with clients from a strength-based approach assisting them in finding their inner strengths, setting goals and working towards these goals in order to lived a more joyful and fulfilled life. Together with her client they will explore the obstacles that interfere with the client’s ability to access their strength, authenticity and best self. Working together to overcome these obstacles in a supportive empathic environment.

Judi Knipmeyer, MS, EdS

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Judi came to us in June, 2015 as a recent retiree from the Blue Springs School District where she was a school counselor for twelve years. She graduated the University of Missouri, Columbia with a degree in Secondary Education, English and from the University of Central Missouri with both masters and education specialist degrees in counseling and human services. In addition to her total of fifteen years as a school counselor, she was an English teacher, owned her own business, and worked for her church. Her primary work at TCCT is as our Office Manager.

Judi is married, has two children and four grandchildren.

Tom Corporon, MS, LPC

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Tom Corporon has embarked upon a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor after 31 years in education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. He joined The Center for Counseling and Training in January 2015. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Tom is trained in multiple areas including marriage and family, depression, anxiety, child and adult abuse, as well as trauma. His specialty is marriage and family counseling. Tom enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals 13 and up.

Tom resides in Lexington.  He and his amazing, late wife, Melanie, have two grown sons as well as two dogs and a cat.

Theresa Dotson Alexander, MS, LPC, NCC and Founder

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Theresa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and completed her Master of Science in Psychology degree there as well. Theresa moved to Lafayette County in 2006 where she worked as a therapist for Rodgers-Lafayette Health & Dental Center in Lexington, Missouri. In 2008, she started The Center for Counseling & Training. She has worked in many different settings and with all demographics throughout her career. She has been trained in working with offenders of domestic violence, teen issues, family and relationship matters, PTSD, victims of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and many other areas. Theresa is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors . She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health and social services field.

Theresa’s approach is strength-based and positive. She enjoys working with all ages of clients and often uses humor as a way to help them manage stress. She is available for individual, couples, family, and group counseling as well as court-ordered and court-related matters.

She started the Batterers Intervention Program in Lafayette County.  She enjoys working with domestic violence offenders, educating them on their behavior and making better choices.

Theresa is married with a son and two adult step-daughters.

Vicki Knipmeyer, LCSW, RPT

Vicki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, and joined the team at The Center for Counseling & Training in November 2011. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy. Before moving to Lafayette County in 2011, she worked as a school social worker the St. Louis area for 6 years. Vicki has experience working with individuals, families, and groups. She specializes in children and youth, and will work with children as young as 3 years old. Vicki has clinical experience with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, abuse/trauma, family violence, social skills, and adjustment to issues such as foster placement, divorce, custody/visitation changes, and relocation.
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As a therapist, Vicki believes that every individual and family has strengths to draw on, and that it is important to look beyond just individual challenges to include work with the family, school, and community. She is passionate about meeting every client where they are at developmentally using a variety of interventions and techniques. She uses her background as a play therapist to build a positive, trusting relationship with her clients and to help clients of all ages work to meet therapy goals using a variety of creative techniques.

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Jessi Johnson, LPC, NCC

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Jessi received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Missouri State University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jessi recently moved back to Missouri from Nashville, TN where she worked as a school-based therapist helping adolescents, families, and teachers with ADHD and behavior management, trauma, crisis intervention, and other emotional disturbances.  Jessi enjoys working with adults, older teens, and couples.

She has experience working with adolescents and their families, couples, adults, and those struggling with addictions. While Jessi often works from a cognitive-behavioral and strength-based model, she believes that the methods used need to be based on each individual or couple’s needs. Jessi joined The Center for Counseling and Training in 2014.

Jessi is married to her high school sweetheart, Derrick, and they have a son, Cruz, and a daughter, Kenzie.

Mike Koch, MS, LPC

52_TCCT_Aug2015Mike has worked for the Missouri Division of Youth Services for almost three decades; he will retire from there in March. During that time he was in residential program management for 12 years. He was a Regional Family Specialist for 10 years, providing individual and family counseling for the students who are placed there.  For the past few years, Mike has been in the position of Regional Clinical Coordinator. His experience in residential treatment has allowed him to work extensively with survivors of trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and domestic violence), adolescents and children with sexual behavior problems, substance abuse, and mental health disorders.  Since joining the group practice at The Center for Counseling and Training, Mike has received training in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Mike received his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in 2010. He served his internship at the Child Abuse Protection Association (CAPA) in Independence, Missouri, where he gained experience in non-directive play therapy. Mike joined The Center for Counseling & Training in June 2013. He prefers to work with middle school and high school students, adults of all ages, people with mild intellectual disabilities, couples, families and groups.  His approach is person-centered, strengths-based and solution-focused.  It emphasizes building resilience, coping skills, protective factors and strengths so that people may not just face and manage the problems of life but flourish in their everyday existence.  His approach to counseling is eclectic.  He seeks to apply theoretical approaches in an individualized manner that specifically meet the needs of each individual client.  He has experience in the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).  Key components of his counseling work includes mindfulness and meditative techniques. Mike is a co-facilitator for The Center for Counseling & Training’s Batterers Intervention Program.

Mike is married to Mary; they resides in Odessa, Missouri.

Becky Jeske, MS, LPC

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Becky completed her practicum and internship at the Center for Counseling & Training. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology also at Central Methodist University in December of 2012, then Completed her Masters of Clinical Counseling in May, 2015. Becky began working full time at TCCT in June, 2015.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Becky is married to her high school sweetheart, who is originally from Lexington.  They are expecting their first child in March 2018.

Becky has begun working with women who are in the Anger Management Program here at The Center for Counseling and Training.  She also enjoys working with teens and adults.

She is a Lafayette County native, and enjoys a small town atmosphere and a sense of community that it represents. She is excited to gain experience and knowledge at TCCT, while fulfilling her desire to help others in a meaningful way.