Get to Know Us a Bit More!
- Get to Know Us a Bit More
- Alison Asher • LSCSW
- Phil Ashley • LCMFT
- Danika Drake
- Kristin Goodheart • Ph.D.
- Jennifer Hernandez • LCMFT
- Melissa T. Hopper • Psy.D.
- Shelly Ingram • MS, LCMFT
- Jane Kaufman • LCMFT, LCAC
- Liz Miller • LMFT
- Angie Moore • LCMFT, RPT-S
- Lindsay Mullins • LCMFT
- John Ormiston • LSCSW
- Aaron Scharenberg • LCPC
- Jennifer Smalley • LMFT
- Rosie Wuthrich • LCMFT
- Hunny • Registered Therapy Dog
Central Christian Counseling Center was founded in 1993 under the direction and leadership of Greg Spillman in partnership with Central Christian Church. Over the years the Center has continued to grow and expand its services.
In 2011, the Center moved off-site from Central Christian Church to our new location at the Tallgrass Executive Park. The new location has provided additional space for growth and more privacy for our clients.
Our desire is that you would experience acceptance and understanding, encounter truth in your life, and experience lasting transformation.
We have an experienced and diverse team with a variety of specialities and backgrounds ready to serve you.
We provide counseling and therapy services with experience and Christian compassion. We do accept most insurance plans and have a reduced fee scale available for those who qualify.
We would love to serve you. You can reach us at 316.683.4083.
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Alison earned a bachelor of Social Work degree from Fort Hays State University and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Wichita State University.
Alison has worked with youth, couples and families for over 11 years. She has worked with victims of physical neglect, physical and sexual abuse, runaway and at risk teens. She has experience with children and families who have been involved in the foster care system. She also has experience in the areas of couple’s counseling, grief and loss, divorce, eating disorders, play therapy, and with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.
Alison works from the strengths perspective believing that each individual possesses certain strengths which will assist them in achieving their goals. Alison is married and is the proud mother of 2 children.
Areas of Interest: EMDR, Grief & Loss, Unresolved Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Divorce, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Anger Management, Stress Management, Physical & Sexual Abuse, Couple’s Counseling, and Parenting Issues. Alison also has experience with CINC and JJA systems and is EMDR trained. She works with Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Couples.
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Phil is a native of Wichita; he attended Wichita public schools and graduated from Wichita Heights in 1973. He holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy and a M.S. in Family therapy from Friends University. He attended Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, TN for Bible training.
He has pastored churches in Tennessee, Indiana and Kansas. In 1993 Phil founded Resource Family Counseling, a counseling ministry to small communities in South Central Kansas. He has shared at many revivals, seminars and conventions.
For four years he was the Coordinator for Marriage and Family workshops with the Kansas Leadership and Sunday School Convention. Phil is also a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Phil is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been a counselor for over 20 years.
He works with families, couples and individuals from a Solution- Focused approach emphasizing client’s strengths and goal setting. He also works with men in the area of sexual addiction.
He enjoys doing Pre-Marital Counseling and is certified in the Prepare-Enrich pre-marital and marital inventory. Phil and his wife, Janet have been married for 37 years. They have three married adult children, six grandsons and one granddaughter.
As a hobby, Phil collects 78 rpm vintage jazz records and owns a 1959 Nash Metropolitan convertible.
Areas of Interest: Couple Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, Divorce Therapy, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Sexual Addiction, Men’s Issues and Parenting Problems. He provides therapy for Adults and Couples.
Student Therapist Intern
Danika Drake is a student therapist intern currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Family Therapy at Friends University. Before attending Friends she received her Bachelors in Psychology at Sterling College with a minor in Christian Ministries. Danika has completed training in Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1, and Prepare & Enrich.
Danika is a Kansas native and is married with two fur babies. She is so excited to be an intern at CCCC!.
Kristin Goodheart • Ph.D.
Dr. Kristin Goodheart is glad to be working at Central Christian Counseling Center because it gives her the opportunity to work with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Her primary area of expertise is helping those individuals who are struggling with eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder), but she also enjoys the challenge of helping people who are searching for a sense of hope as they face psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, mood instability, relationship problems, traumatic experiences, and phase of life or adjustment issues. As Dr. Goodheart works to help clients deal more effectively with challenging life experiences, she integrates intervention strategies from several evidence-based treatment approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy).
A Kansas native, Dr. Goodheart earned both her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in clinical psychology at Fort Hays State University before moving to Texas to complete her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University. During her graduate training, she gained clinical experience working at a university counseling center, a community-based outpatient clinic, an inpatient adolescent unit, and a cancer treatment and research center. She also had the opportunity to co-author and co-edit a book on eating disorders that was published in 2012 (Eating Disorders in Women and Children: Prevention, Stress Management, and Treatment, Second Edition; edited by K. L. Goodheart, J. R. Clopton, and J. J. Robert-McComb). She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Student Counseling Center for the University of Texas at Dallas before returning to Kansas to complete her post-doctoral training at Prairie View's West Wichita outpatient clinic.
Dr. Goodheart is happy to be back home in Kansas close to family and friends. Outside of work, she enjoys engaging in regular physical activity, being outdoors, watching sporting events, attending musical productions, and staying in contact with her large extended family and many friends.
Areas of Interest: Eating Disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder); Mood Disorders (including depressive disorders and bipolar disorders); Anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder); Adjustment issues; Phase of Life Transitions; Grief & Loss; Trauma Recovery; Anger Management; Stress Management; and Relationship Difficulties. She provides therapy for Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults; Individuals, Couples, and Families.
Jennifer Hernandez • LCMFT
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Jennifer, better known as Jenn, is a recent graduate of Friends University with her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wichita State University, Jenn felt a strong calling towards familial issues with a focus on strengthening family bonds. As Albert Einstein states “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Jenn utilizes this approach of renewing one’s thinking and applying that knowledge as wisdom for the future with happiness as the ultimate goal.
Jenn has a strong belief in humanity and its ability to persevere and improve. This outlook, paired with her unconditional faith to Christ allows her to partner with her clients and help them work through the areas of life that are coupled with strife. Having worked with many individuals, couples, and families, Jenn has a passion for assisting others in the treatment of clinical disorders including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relational conflict and many others.Jenn enjoys praising the Lord through dance, singing, working out, traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends. As a member of Journey the Way, Jenn aspires to serve those in need while loving God in all possible ways. Her zest for life and high energy personality is welcoming to everyone she meets and works with. Ultimately, her goal is to assist others in their journey of falling back in love with life! Jenn has a wonderful mother and father, and three ornery but loving brothers.
Areas of Interest: Individual and Family Therapy for concerns including: Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Conflicts, At-Risk Youth, Children struggling with Divorce and Adjustment, struggles with Acculturation for Hispanic families, Major and Minor Traumatic Experiences, and EMDR. She works with Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Couples.
Dr. Hopper is trained and experienced in working with a wide range of issues. She utilizes a relational approach to help people understand more about themselves and has particular interest in helping people through life stages, such as adolescence or mid-life.
She is also experienced in assisting people with unhealthy eating behaviors, including eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Dr. Hopper completed her training in Southern California at Rosemead School of Psychology. She practiced in a number of settings prior to joining Central Christian Counseling Center, including community mental health centers, a psychiatric hospital, and a college counseling center.
Her approach to therapy is holistic incorporating all aspects of our humanity: physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. Dr. Hopper is warm and personable and enjoys getting to know people. She is committed to helping people learn more about themselves as they achieve their own goals for growth.
Dr. Hopper has been married for almost 20 years and has two elementary-aged children and two dogs. One of her dogs, Hunny, is a registered therapy dog who works with her on occasion. She enjoys cycling, reading and photography.
Areas of Interest: Eating Disorders, Barriers to Weight Loss, Mid-life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Widowhood, and Infertility. She provides individual therapy for Adolescents, Young Adults, and Adults.
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Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist
Shelly is passionate about helping others by blending ones’ spiritual walk with mental health. She believes God has gifted her with the spiritual gifts of mercy, discernment & wisdom and that we all are a work in progress. God has been the most important part of her and her families’ healing and she believes God is the God of second chances, that He truly is our hope.
She received her Associate and Bachelors degree with honors from Wichita State University in Legal Assistant and Administration of Justice emphasis courts. She has experience in the legal field, foster care & judicial systems, helping troubled teens & families in parachurch organizations, pregnant teens, missions and ministry.
She received her Masters degree with honors from Friends University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been practicing in the Wichita and Halstead area for nine years.
Shelly is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples and families. She specializes in working with women. She also has experience working with teens and children. Her areas of interest are depression, grief, codependency, post traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, adjustment issues, sand and play therapy, premarital, marital and relationship issues.
Shelly grew up with rural and city ties. For fun Shelly and her husband play music and sing in a group. They play in churches, coffee shops and at various events. Shelly and her husband have adult children.
Areas of Interest: Depression, Grief & Loss, Codependency, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sexual Abuse Recovery, Adjustment Issues, Premarital, Marital, & Relationship Issues, and General Issues with Teens and Children.
She specializes in working with women. She also is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. She provides individual therapy for Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Couples.
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist,
Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor
Jane received her bachelor degree in psychology from Kansas State University and her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy at Friends University. She also has a Master of Education in Counseling from Wichita State University. She continued in her studies to become clinically certified in Addictions Counseling. She is also an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Over the past 20+ years Jane has worked with youth, adult individuals, couples and families in both individual settings and group settings. She works with clients struggling with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment and attachment issues, addictions, trauma, and relationship issues.
Jane believes that everyone has a set of strengths to draw from to help them make the changes that they are seeking. She works closely with her clients to develop a treatment plan specific to their goals. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques adapted for each client to help them meet their treatment goals.
Jane and her husband are blessed with five children. She enjoys reading, quilting, spending time with friends and laughing with her family.Areas of Interest: Addiction, Teen issues, Trauma, Anxiety, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues, and Parenting.
Liz Miller, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Elizabeth, better known as Liz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She received her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in 2013, graduating with honors. Liz attained her undergraduate degree in Business and Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE in 2003. Liz is a native of Wichita and is happy to be back in her home town near close family and friends.
Liz has experience in providing therapy to individuals, couples and families dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management, bereavement, life-stressors and forgiveness. She is particularly passionate about helping couples (premarital and martial) improve and restore their relationships through improving communication, trust, and mutual respect. In addition, Liz has a heart for working with adolescents and women in matters that are unique to various life-stage stressors and adjustment issues. Her areas of interest include dealing with family conflict, anxiety, depression, grief, past abuse, trauma, life stressors, infertility, miscarriages or post-partum depression.
Utilizing various approaches, Liz often works from an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and strengths based approach to understand the heart of the emotional struggles within relationships and focuses on each individual’s strengths. Creating a safe, warm and non-judgmental environment where you can feel free to be yourself are essential in Liz’s therapy approach. Her belief is that struggles and conflict are a part of every relationship and no one should ever have to feel they must navigate that journey alone. Liz is a Christian and strongly believes in the healing that can take place when God is at the center of the process.
Liz believes in being an advocate for her clients and desires to walk beside them in their journey as they work to reach their desired goals. She works to provide a safe and caring environment where her clients can experience growth, change and healing.In her spare time, Liz enjoys spending time in God’s beautiful creation, running both short and long distances for fun and in competitive races, reading, watching sporting events (particularly college football and basketball), traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends. Liz has one daughter and has been married to her husband for nearly 10 years.
Areas of Interest: Premarital & Couples Issues, Self-esteem, Communication, Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Divorce, Past Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Life Stressors, Life Transitions, Infertility, Miscarriages and Postpartum Depression. She provides therapy for Teens, Young Adults, Adults, and Couples.
Angie Moore, LCMFT, RPT-S
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Registerd Play Therapist-Supervisor
Angie finished her Master of Science degree in Family Therapy at Friends University in 1994. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and continued her training to become a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has taught and supervised other play therapists. She is also an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Angie has spent her over 20 year career in various capacities helping children. She currently provides play therapy and sandtray therapy and has a passion for infant and early childhood mental health. She helps clients with various challenges including depression, adjustment and attachment issues, behavioral concerns, parenting, grief, anxiety, trauma, and relationship difficulties. She also enjoys helping couples get their best start in pre-marital counseling.
Working from a strengths based perspective, Angie believes that it is important to help children learn to correctly identify how they feel and act on it appropriately. Seeking therapy for a child can feel overwhelming, but finding good solutions to help your family can have a lasting, positive impact. Angie believes in partnering with parents or caregivers to best meet the unique needs of children.
Angie is married and is blessed with three children. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
Areas of Interest: Children & Play Therapy, Infant and Early Childhood Challenges, Adoption, Attachment, Abuse, Anxiety, Low Self-esteem, Mood Disorders, Crisis & Trauma, Adjustment Issues, Relationship Issues, Grief & Loss, Life Transitions, Divorce, and Parenting Challenges. She sees Children ages 0-11, Parents, and Families.
Lindsay Mullins • LCMFT
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Lindsay is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is a native of Wichita and earned her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2005. She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University and graduated with honors. She continued her training with the Maiberger Insitute to facilitate EMDR Therapy. This is a special kind of therapy that can help those who have suffered trauma from incidents such as rape, sexual abuse, auto accidents and combat, and is particularly helpful with PTSD. EMDR therapy can also help people who wish to heal from distressing events such as; divorce, life transitions, grief, anxiety and much more. Lindsay is also fluent in American Sign Language.
Lindsay feels called to help people and is passionate about working with couples (pre-marital and marital), families, individuals, and youth. She believes that through God’s grace, healing for every situation is possible. She is thankful to treat clients with anxieties or specific phobias, depression, life adjustment issues, and minor and complex traumas, as well as individuals seeking help navigating career or major life changes. Lindsay is also passionate about working with adolescents and teens, and values the perspective of young persons. Lindsay seeks to meet every client where they are and considers it a great privilege to journey with them to a better place that they desire.Lindsay’s favorite times are times spent with her family. She also enjoys running, especially road races, and traveling to new and exotic destinations and learning about the local culture; her favorite destinations so far are Costa Rica and Austria. Most of all Lindsay enjoys people and values creating meaningful relationships with others.
Areas of Interest: Teens girls, Self-esteem/confidence issues, Marital & Premarital Therapy; Relationship Enhancement; Anxiety; Fears & Phobias; Minor and Complex Trauma recovery; PTSD; EMDR therapy; Women’s issues, Stress Management, Mood disorders including depressive disorders and bipolar disorders, Grief and Loss and Adjustment to Life Transitions. She provides therapy for Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Individuals, Couples and families.
John Ormiston • LSCSW
Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
John has earned a Minor degree in Psychology, a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a Masters degree with Honors in Social Work from Wichita State University.
John has considerable experience working with children and families who are involved with the Child In Need of Care (CINC) system and the Juvenile Justice Administration (JJA) system within the state of Kansas. He has worked with families experiencing difficulties with Parenting issues, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiance and Anger issues.
John has worked closely with individuals, couples and families who are experiencing issues related to stress management and assisted with techniques for self-care, relaxation and time management. He has also worked with couples to address relationship enhancement, communication and conflict resolution. John has worked extensively with individuals having difficulties with depression, anxiety, bipolar, grief and loss, divorce, adjustment disorders and unresolved childhood trauma. He continues to be especially passionate about working with teens.
John utilizes the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach. He believes that through a clear understanding of your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes you can better understand your feelings. Once you learn how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes impact your feelings, you can work on changing your thinking and behaviors to help you take bad situations and make them better.
It is often difficult to ask for help or accept an open hand when feeling lost, overwhelmed, anxious or confused. It is at that moment your decision to seek therapy can be life changing. He is aware this decision can be intimidating, and would consider it a privilege to accompany you on your journey.
Areas of Interest: Teens, Couples, Parenting Issues, Oppositional Defiance, Anger Issues, Stress Management, Techniques for Self-Care, Relaxation & Time Management, Relationship Enhancement, Communication & Conflict Resolution, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Grief & Loss, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, and Unresolved Childhood Trauma. He sees Adolescents, Adults, and Couples.
Aaron Scharenberg, LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Aaron is currently the Executive Director at Central Christian Counseling Center. He has been in clinical practice for over 20 years, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary in 1996. He views the counseling relationship as a partnership working towards growth and healing. He has a broad range of experience and enjoys working with adolescents, families, individuals, and couples. In his work with couples he relies heavily on the work of John Gottman, as he has completed Level II certification training in the Gottman method. He has specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and utilizes it widely in his practice. Personally, Aaron is married and enjoys his family life. He enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family, and staying active.
Areas of Interest: Relationship counseling, pre-marital counseling, parenting issues, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, PTSD. He sees couples, adolescents, and adults of all ages.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Jennifer (Jen) Smalley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Wichita State University and Master’s of Science in Family Therapy in Wichita, KS. Jen is trained and experienced in working with individuals, couples, families and groups with a systemic and holistic approach. Jen encourages her clients to examine various areas of their life, including, but not limited to, the physical, social, mental/emotional, spiritual, and relational parts of their lives in order to help her clients set and achieve their own goals. In order to meet people “where they are at,” Jen uses an integrative approach, utilizing various methods, such as Intergenerational Family dynamics, Solution Focused, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand tray therapy, and Art therapy techniques to help client’s learn from their past, develop more positive ways of thinking, and create a “new” story for their future.
Jen also has experience in various backgrounds, including teaching, working in the foster care system, and in community mental health, and has worked with children and families in a clinical setting with foster care and adoption transitions and the trauma that often accompanies these changes. It is very important for children, teens and adults of any age to be able to identify how different emotions feel in their bodies, express their feelings outwardly in appropriate ways, and learn positive coping skills to deal with their intense emotions. She is an approved SBIRT provider (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) for any age dealing with alcohol or substance abuse issues. Jen also is also a trained Couples Communication facilitator.
Origionally from Illinois, Jen has lived in Kansas for almost 10 years now. She is married and has a son and labradoodle at home. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, talking walks, playing outside with her son and dog, and traveling.Areas of Interest: Mood disorders (anxiety and depression), Life Transitions (foster care and adoption, teenage issues, emerging adulthood, post-partum, moves, job changes, grief and loss, etc), Parenting Skills (Emotion Coaching), Relationship issues (couples and families), and Attachment and Abuse issues.
Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist
Rosie is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Master’s of Science in Family Therapy degree from Friends University in Wichita, KS. Trained and experienced in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, Rosie has an interest in working with issues of anxiety, depression, grief, life transition, parenting, and improving relationships. She uses a strengths-based approach and enjoys assisting those seeking personal change to become ready, willing and able to face the task that lies ahead.
Areas of Interest: Mood Disorders (anxiety and depression), Relationship Issues (Premarital, Marital, and Family Counseling); Emotion Coaching (Parenting Skills), Grief & Loss Issues, Life Transitions (divorce, launching into adulthood, empty nest, unwanted job change, etc.), Experienced with treating Adult and Children 8-12 years old.
Registered Therapy Dog
Hunny is a gentle golden retriever who works as a registered therapy dog with Melissa Hopper, Psy.D. She enjoys chewing up socks, taking baths, napping, going on walks, and taking the “stuffing” out of stuffed animals. Hunny also volunteers with Tail Waggin’ Readers, a program that helps children gain reading confidence. She loves people, especially children, and will sit indefinitely with anyone who will give her love and attention. If, for any reason, you are uncomfortable with dogs and would prefer that she not be present when you attend your appointment, please let us know and we can make other arrangements.