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Team

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 an office assistant and billing clerk.

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 recently completed all of the requirements to become fully licensed as a therapist.

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 has been married for 38 years to Melanie. They 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 and the Missouri Mental Health Care Association. 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.

Theresa is married with two daughters and a son.

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 one year old son, Cruz.

Amy Dobson, PLPC, CPT

28_TCCT_Aug2015Amy joined The Center for Counseling and Training (TCCT) in January of 2014. She recently completed her masters degree in counseling psychology at the University of Central Missouri.  She is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and under the supervision of Theresa Dotson Alexander, MS, LPC, NCC.   Amy has completed the requirements as a Certified Play Therapist and is currently finishing up schooling and supervision to become a Registered Play Therapist. Before coming to TCCT, Amy worked 9 years for the Lexington School District as an educator and four years as a Professional School Counselor In-Training at the middle school.

Amy believes that the foundation of effective counseling is building a positive relationship. She works hard at making the client feel understood through active listening, reflection of feeling, and accurate empathic understanding. She has experience with non-directive play therapy and utilizes person centered and cognitive counseling theories. She works with children and adults of all ages and is accepting new clients.

Mike Koch, MS, LPC

52_TCCT_Aug2015Mike has worked for the Missouri Division of Youth Services at Waverly Regional Youth Center since 1991. During that time he was in residential program management for 12 years. He has been a Regional Family Specialist for the past 10 years, providing individual and family counseling for the students who are placed there. 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 harming behaviors, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. He has experience doing group therapy with juvenile sex offenders, and has a certification as a juvenile sexual offender counselor.

 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 is currently completing requirements for his Education Specialist Degree in Counseling from the University of Central Missouri.

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.

In addition, Mike is the co-facilitator for The Center for Counseling & Training’s Batterers Intervention Program.

Becky Jeske, MS, PLPC

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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 as  Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of Theresa Dotson Alexander. 

Becky was married in May to her high school sweetheart, who is originally from Lexington.  Recently, Becky has begun working with women who are in the Anger Management Program here at The Center for Counseling and Training.

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.