After 20 years as therapists, we know the common struggles and challenges that can affect nearly everyone regardless of age, gender, finances, or relationship status. Interestingly, addressing these peripheral issues has often been more beneficial to their growth than addressing what brought them to therapy in the first place. Our mission is to help others identify and overcome these challenges with straightforward solutions.
Dr. Amy Kay Cole holds a PhD in clinical psychology with expertise in the management of anxiety, trauma, mood impairment, and relationships. Dr. Cole has been a professor at Missouri Southern State University since 2002 and has published numerous articles in the field of psychology. Prior to living in Joplin, she worked in a variety of settings including the Baltimore VAMC, two Cleveland prisons, and a community mental health center. Dr. Cole has worked in private practice for the last fifteen years and has American Psychological Association approval to provide continuing education for psychologists and other mental health professionals. Dr. Cole founded the Joplin Missouri Transgender Alliance in 2015. She co-owns Executive Psychological Resources (EPR).
Anne Laptin holds an MS from Columbia University and is an LCSW in Southern California. Her expertise is in the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, and grief as well as navigating life transitions, co-parenting, and the LGBTQ+ community. After teaching in Guatemala for two years, Anne provided assessments for young children at-risk for developmental disabilities in San Diego. Being fluent in Spanish, Anne's early work focused primarily on the needs of Spanish speaking immigrants. She has treated individuals in a variety of settings including a community mental health center and an adolescent group home. Anne has been in private practice in southern California since 2008.
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us."