Robert Jason Grant, Ed.DDr. Robert Jason Grant is a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Autism Specialist. He owns and operates the Robert Jason Grant Ed.D and AutPlay Therapy Center. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, and American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Robert works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. His experience and specialization involves working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders, BiPolar Disorder, Depression Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders (divorce, grief and transition issues).

Robert is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/trauma related therapy for children and adults. He also provides career and life planning/counseling and assessment with adolescents and adults.

He also specializes in working with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Robert is the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an autism and neurodevelopmental disorders therapy incorporating play therapy, behavioral therapy, and relationship development approaches. He is also a Certified Autism Movement Therapy provider and trained in many established autism treatment approaches.

Robert is a contributing writer for the Missouri Autism Report. He is the author of several articles and books including: AutPlay® Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum ♦ Play Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder ♦ The Autism Spectrum Disorder Workbook for Children ♦ The Autism Spectrum Disorder Workbook for Adolescents.  Robert is a founding board member for the not for profit organization Stars for Autism. He is an international speaker who conducts various presentations and workshops on topics such as mental health, play therapy, and autism spectrum disorder. You may contact Robert to schedule an appointment or inquire about scheduling him to speak at your support group, workshop, or seminar. Feel free to connect with him via his Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. If you have questions for Robert you may email him at [email protected] 


Dr. Gabriel Cline is a licensed psychologist who lives and works in Southwest Missouri. He is a published author in the field of child development and before becoming a psychologist, worked as an individual and family therapist and school counselor. He has a BS in Psychology from Missouri State University and an MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Dr. Cline attended the University of Nebraska where he obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2009. As part of this training, he completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Student Counseling Services. Upon entering the field, he was employed in private practice and as the Trauma Psychologist at Will’s Place (Ozark Center- Child Trauma Treatment Center) following the Joplin Tornado in 2011 and consulted with an area impaired physician program.

Dr. Cline evaluates children, adolescents, and adults for learning concerns and with legal issues. He treats a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, and marital issues. Away from the office he enjoys teaching both graduate and undergraduate psychology courses and coaching youth sports. If you have any questions for Dr. Cline, you may email him at cline@psychologistspringfield.com.


Dr. Anna Quigg is a Licensed Developmental Psychologist and Doctoral-Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D/LBA – Missouri). She conducts psychological evaluations and assessment for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children concerning developmental delays, autism, mental health and behavioral concerns using assessment tools for autism symptoms, adaptive skills, social skills, cognitive development, and intelligence tests. Dr. Quigg conducts Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) for families and schools. 

She further provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): skill acquisition, behavior reduction, parent training, supervision, consultation, and professional development. Dr. Quigg is experienced in executive leadership, clinical oversight, quality control, and ethical practice. Dr. Quigg’s pediatric research experience includes: pediatric growth and development, failure-to-thrive, feeding, development, caregiver stress and mental health, public policy, obesity, nutrition, and poverty. 

Dr. Quigg is an associate professor at Cox College and owns and operates Quigg Consulting which provides professional mentorship, supervision, consultation, and copy and content editing of professional/academic manuscripts. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Quigg, you can reach her at [email protected]


Gayle Robertson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. 

She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) from Pepperdine University and has been in clinical practice for over 15 years. Prior to practicing psychotherapy in Missouri, she worked in California at Assessment and Treatment Services Center, a non- profit, United Way counseling agency, and at UCI Medical Center-Psychiatric Management Resources, where she facilitated group therapy for chronic mentally ill adults.

Gayle provides counseling to individuals, couples, children, and families. She has also completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and uses it in her practice. Gayle works with a variety of client diagnosis and issues including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, trauma issues, mood disorders, grief, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. If you have any questions for Gayle, you may contact her at [email protected]


Alison Brawner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who specializes in working with children, teens, adults and families. Alison’s undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Missouri State University have helped her gain the knowledge necessary to be a counselor. Alison’s over thirteen years providing clinically counseling services, her previous work in the area as a public school teacher and a school guidance counselor have given her the experience to be a highly effective therapist.

Alison now uses her knowledge and experience working with children, teens, adults and families in group and individual settings to help in a wide range of issues. She works with children and adults who are struggling with issues of trauma, abuse, attachment, and anxiety. Her experience dealing with children and families has made her successful in facilitating parenting groups and parental education seminars.

Alison favors the use of play therapy, Theraplay®, and Love and Logic.” Alison has a wide range of work in the special needs population as she and her husband facilitate running and operating a special needs camp (Camp Barnabas) and college preparatory/independent living community in Branson (Barnabas Prep/Life). If you have any questions for Alison you may email her at [email protected] 


Dr. Raquel Morrow is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider who specializes in working with children, teens, adults and families.  Raquel’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Special Education from Missouri Southern State University, her Master’s degree is in Counseling from Missouri State University, and her Doctorate of Education in Instructional Leadership is from Lindenwood University.  Raquel’s educational training has assisted her in providing comprehensive counseling and educational services to her clients.  Raquel previous work as a special education teacher, school guidance counselor, and 504 Coordinator have given her valuable experience to help her assist clients. Raquel has over 13 years of experience as a licensed professional counselor and over 20 years of experience in public education.

Raquel uses her work experiences and specialized training to work with children, teens, adults and families to help address a wide range of issues.  She offers individual counseling sessions, and family therapy sessions.  She has experience working with clientele on a wide range of issues such as divorce, trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, parent training, and social skills training.  If you would like to request an appointment with Raquel, you may email her at [email protected]


Larissa Darter is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and an American Counseling Association member. Larissa is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – a therapy designed to help specifically with trauma-related issues) and utilizes play therapy and Theraplay in treatment. Larissa provides counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Larissa’s Undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Larissa’s previous experience includes both residential and outpatient settings, providing parent training and therapy to dual-diagnosed children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, family and individual counseling in a teen girl’s home, university counseling services, and private practice. Larissa uses her training to work with clients in their varying and diverse issues and diagnosis including autism, ADHD, intellectual/developmental disabilities, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, grief, behavioral disorders. 

Larissa strives to build on client’s strengths and work collaboratively in a safe therapeutic relationship. You may contact Larissa with questions or for an appointment at [email protected]

fullsizerenderTomi Taylor has her Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Accredited Triple P Provider, and Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association and the Southwest Missouri Autism Network (SWAN).

Tomi works with children, adolescents, and families. Her experience involves working with families in crisis, working with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavioral disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, traumatic stress disorders, and substance abuse. Tomi provides play therapy with children and adolescents as well as family-focused therapy.

Tomi has several years post graduate experience work counseling children and families, as well as 10 years of experience working specifically with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Tomi has served as a case manager, resource coordinator, and client advocate for children and parents. She currently offers in-home therapy and educational services. If you have questions for Tomi you may email her at [email protected]


Cassie Bick is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider, and working towards her credential as a Register Play Therapist. Cassie’s undergraduate degree is in Social Work from College of the Ozarks and her Master’s degree is in Mental Health Counseling from Missouri State University.

Cassie specializes in working with children 3-10 years old. Children can be exposed to multiple sources of discomfort whether it is from school, friends, or even at home. It is not unusual for children who are struggling with discomfort for it to show up in their behavior, handling adjustments-even minors one, or in their ability to self-regulate. This might look like the child experiencing anxiety, discomfort, sadness, anger, lack of social connection, etc.

Cassie’s goal is for children to leave her practice with the skills to believe in their abilities, interact effectively and meaningfully with others, regulate emotions, and ultimately be more adaptable and flexible to the events of life by utilizing play therapy. Her intention is to assist children in developing the skills that will aid them in facing the next challenge that will come their way. If you have any questions or would like to request an appointment with Cassie you may email her at [email protected]


Candace Burch is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri. She has worked in mental health for 11 years after completing my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. She is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), Parent Management Training (PMT), and is a Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) approach with evidence-based practices. Additionally, She has experience with play therapy, Theraplay, and 5 years of experience working in a setting using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) models of Verbal Behavior and Pivotal Response Training (PRT).

Candace works with clients of all ages, from 2 years to adult. She currently practices at the AutPlay office at 2407 S Campbell in Springfield, MO and provides some in-home counseling services when available. She accepts a variety of insurances (including Medicaid) and self-pay.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Candace at 417-647-1378 or via email at [email protected].


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Caitlin Strain is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and recently graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. She is a Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider and trained in EMDR Therapy (a treatment approach for PTSD and trauma issues). She is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

Caitlin works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She offers play therapy and parent training. She has experience working with a diverse clientele for a wide range of issues such as, divorce, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, life adjustment issues, and behavioral disorders to name a few.

She is committed to providing a non-judgmental, peaceful, and accepting therapeutic experience so that every client feels supported in his or her journey to emotional and mental well-being. If you have any questions for Caitlin or would like to request an appointment you may email her at [email protected]