Dr. Linda Smith
Dr. Linda M. Smith is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist with advanced training in pediatric neuropsychology. She conducts psychological evaluations for children and adolescents, ages three through twenty. All aspects of cognitive, academic, emotional, and behavioral functioning can be assessed in order to determine the child’s diagnoses and treatment needs.
You are welcome to refer your own child to Dr. Smith. Referrals are also accepted from pediatricians and other health-care providers, therapists, caseworkers, and school staff. Please contact the office manager for Autplay Therapy Clinic to start the referral process. You can also contact Dr. Smith directly at [email protected] or business cell phone, 417.299.7662.
Upon referral of your child, Dr. Smith will contact the referring person and/or the parent to set up an evaluative appointment. Appointments can sometimes be several months in advance. Feedback occurs immediately after the child has been assessed, and a written report is forwarded to the parent shortly thereafter.
Dr. Anna Quigg
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].
Dr. Linda Skolnick
Dr. Linda Skolnick is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered play therapist, and certified AutPlay therapist. She received her Psy.D. degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has been providing psychological services for children and their families for more than 20 years. She owns and operates Healthy Kids Psychological Services, LLC and specializes in providing developmental and psychological evaluations for children from birth to 12 years of age.
Dr. Skolnick is trained to do a broad array of psychological and developmental testing and uses advanced interviewing techniques along with a personalized battery of tests to answer questions about cognitive functioning, academic achievement, social-emotional health, and development. She works with parents, other providers, and schools to understand each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and to provide diagnostic clarification and targeted treatment recommendations. She can address a comprehensive range of issues including giftedness, intellectual disorders, developmental and specific learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma.
She accepts a variety of insurances (including Medicaid) and self-pay. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Linda at [email protected]. To schedule an evaluation, please contact the AutPlay therapy office at (417)755-9042.
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].
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].
Tomi 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].
Caitlin Strain is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and 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].
Daniel is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Missouri. Daniel received a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Mississippi in 2016. After graduation, Daniel decided to return to the University of Mississippi and pursue his passion for working with children. Daniel completed his intensive training in working with children and received an Ed.S. in Play Therapy from the University of Mississippi in 2017.
Daniel has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of practice settings over the past 4 years. His primary area of interest and training is working with children under the age of 12, to help children dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, autism, developmental delay, divorce, grief, loss, medical issues, behavioral problems, and more. Daniel believes children have limitless potential for growth and they have an innate capacity for resiliency. He also believes that parents and primary caregivers play a critical role in a child’s recovery and a joint approach to working with children is essential to healing.