Note: When contacting therapists – email and phone correspondence is not typically an encrypted nor HIPAA compatible means of transferring and sharing information you might want kept confidential. If contacting a therapist and leaving a message through one of  these methods please keep information brief and do not disclose details or personally sensitive information. 

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. Linda Skolnick

Dr. Linda Skolnick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. 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

Gayle Robertson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), 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

Alison Brawner is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) 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].


Amanda Mizer 

Amanda Mizer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She attended Texas A&M where she obtained her Master of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA).  Early on, she attended the University of Central Missouri where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in early elementary education and a second bachelor’s degree in child development.

Amanda has worked with children in early intervention in a variety of capacities to include early childhood development and education, early intervention, parent educator/trainer, the military’s Exceptional Family Member Program, classroom teacher, registered behavior technician, and as a BCBA Clinical Supervisor. 

Amanda conducts intake assessments to create individualized treatment programming for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis or who face other behavioral challenges.  She provides individualized treatment sessions for individuals ranging from birth to early adulthood using applied behavior analysis (ABA) for skill acquisition, behavior reduction, replacement behaviors, adaptive skills, and social skills development.  She also provides parent training and social skills groups that focus on behavioral concerns such as school readiness, potty training, food trials, tantrum reduction, promoting positive peer interactions etc.  Amanda provides consultation services for classroom management, behavior reduction, and functional communication for teachers who would like a little extra guidance during the school year.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Amanda, you may reach her at [email protected].

Cassie Bick

Cassie Bick is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider, and Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Cassie specializes in working with children and adolescents. As a Registered Play Therapist Cassie utilizes play therapy with her clients. Through play therapy, her clients learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and how to relate to others in a variety of ways.

Cassie’s goal for her clients would be that they are able to build 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.
Cassie believes whatever issue/concern is bringing a client to therapy is their superpower. Like all superheroes, they have to learn how to manage their power or it will control them. Likewise, Cassie teaches her clients if they don’t learn how to manage their emotions/ behavior/etc it will control them. Cassie wants to help her clients achieve in maximizing the unlimited potential of their superpower!
If you have any questions or would like to request an appointment with Cassie you may email her at [email protected].”

Caitlin Strain

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 McPherson

Daniel is a Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and a Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider. 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.


Tyler Tooley

Tyler is a provisionally licensed professional counselor (PLPC) under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Grant. Tyler completed his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Missouri State University in May of 2020 and his Bachelor’s in Psychology at Missouri State University in May of 2017. He is certified in AutPlay® Therapy and is working to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Tyler has experience working with individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, teenagers and adults. Although Tyler does not yet have a specialization, he finds fulfillment working one-on-one with people who suffer from anxiety-related disorders (specific phobias, PTSD, etc.), mood disorders (Bi-Polar, Depression, Suicidal Ideations, etc.), as well as certain personality disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder).

Tyler also has a proclivity for working with children who are in foster care or are adopted, and their families (biological, foster and adoptive), as well as children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or children who may be part of the Autism Spectrum.