Counselors and Clinical Team

Jessica Wood, Psy.D. — Clinical Director

Jessica1 200x300 Counselors and Clinical TeamJessica Wood earned her doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the state of Missouri. Her areas of study included psychological testing and evaluation, substance abuse treatment, marriage and family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and general child and adolescent psychology/treatment. Jessica focused her continuing education on adolescent trauma, treatment methods and dialectical behavioral therapy to assist in treating self-injurious behavior and other complex emotion regulation disorders.

Prior to Shelterwood, Jessica worked in an out-patient community mental health service center providing individual therapy, an out-patient substance abuse treatment center for families and adolescents as well as in individual, group and family therapy in a child and adolescent treatment center.

Jessica has a passion for working with adolescents and their families and loves seeing relationships and lives restored. She was drawn to Shelterwood because of the unique faith integration approach to treatment, and she is always eager to work with students transforming young lives and families.

Outside Shelterwood, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and baby girl, as well as bike rides, walks, working out, traveling, visiting friends and relaxing in the sun.

Therapists

Jason Hodgson , MA, LPC, NCC
Shelterwood Transitions Program Clinical Director Bio
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Jason Hodgson , MA, LPC, NCC // Shelterwood Transitions Program Clinical Director

Jason is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri and a nationally board-certified counselor. Jason has been with Shelterwood since 2012. Prior to Shelterwood, he specialized in spectrum disorder for multiple ages, working with oppositional youth and management in the private sector.

Jason received his BA in Studio Arts from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and his MA in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University with an emphasis in integrating Spiritual Formation into Clinical Counseling. Jason’s areas of therapeutic concentration include working with oppositional and attachment issues. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in many capacities with children, youth and young adults in churches and secular settings, both domestically and internationally. Jason is passionate about leadership, mentoring and organizational health and effectiveness. He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and two children.

Jeremy Lotz , MA, LPC, NCC
Shelterwood Training Director and Therapist Bio
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Jeremy Lotz , MA, LPC, NCC // Shelterwood Training Director and Therapist

Jeremy is a nationally board-certified counselor and licensed to practice counseling in Missouri since 2005. Jeremy held a clinical license in Maine prior to joining Shelterwood Academy’s team in 2010. He holds a BS in Psychology and Public Speaking and an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Family Counseling.

Jeremy has worked in full-time teen residential programs since 2004. Early in his career, Jeremy created a violence prevention and healthy relationships curriculum for teenagers that was implemented in more than 40 schools across three metropolitan school districts. Jeremy was also a National Ronald E. McNair Scholar. As a professional trainer and speaker, he serves as trainer and consultant to more than organizations. He also testified in numerous domestic and civil trials as an expert in mental health and domestic violence. Jeremy’s clinical concentrations include dating violence, assertive parenting and staff training. He also has additional training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution focused therapy, Mindfulness and Relaxation.

Jeremy serves Shelterwood Academy as Training Director and therapist. In these roles, Jeremy spearheads Shelterwood’s professional development efforts and, alongside HR, leads orientation for new Shelterwood staff. Jeremy also provides ongoing professional development support for the Shelterwood therapeutic team and facilitates therapy services for a small caseload of families.

When he is not at Shelterwood, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, son and dog. He loves reading, cooking, movies, exercise, nutrition and taking road trips.

Ken DeBlock , MA, LPC
Director of Substance Abuse and Recovery Bio
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Ken DeBlock , MA, LPC // Director of Substance Abuse and Recovery

Ken received his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. During his senior year, Ken became an assistant chaplain at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in New Jersey. Over the next two years, he completed a family life ministry intern at his local church. Ken discovered his passion for working with at-risk teens and their families.

Ken pursued his Master’s degree in counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Ken’s focus transitioned to substance abuse treatment. Ken and his wife, Janelle, moved to Kansas City in 2011, where he worked as both a case manager and a therapist in residential, transitional and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs. Ken received a Clinical Supervisor certificate from the Missouri Credentialing Board and currently leads and supervises Shelterwood’s Substance Abuse Counseling team.

Josiah Johnson , RASAC
Addiction Counselor MAADC Bio
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Josiah Johnson , RASAC // Addiction Counselor MAADC

Josiah Johnson has been engaged with the youth of Shelterwood since 2013. He has served as a Direct Care Staff and Assistant House Director. His focus has always been on walking through the hardships of life with students as they work on their personal and family struggles.

Josiah uses his real life experience working with Corrections as well as serving as a leader in Celebrate Recovery. Josiah’s focus is on addiction, recovery and maintaining sobriety. His goal for our students is to regain a fun, positive and healthy lifestyle as they transition into adulthood. Josiah enjoys playing tennis, photography and reading.

Tiffany Rensberger , BS
Addiction Counselor BS, MAACD II Bio
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Tiffany Rensberger , BS // Addiction Counselor BS, MAACD II

Tiffany Rensberger earned her BS in Biblical Counseling from Calvary Bible College. Her areas of study included Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling Youth, Crisis Counseling, and Addictions Counseling. Upon graduation, Tiffany spent the summer working as Crew Counselor over the high school staff at Life Action Camp. She began her journey at Shelterwood as a mentor in  2012.

Tiffany is passionate about Shelterwood’s vision to see teens and their families restored physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tiffany says, “It’s the holistic approach that makes Shelterwood work.” During her time as a mentor, Tiffany developed an appreciation for twelve-step addiction programs and group therapy as she attended countless Narcotics Anonymous meetings with students. She is furthering her education in Substance Abuse Counseling by studying under Shelterwood’s Addictions Counselor, Kenny DeBlock. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym, being outside, playing guitar, drinking coffee and eating cereal.

Julie Faddis , MSCAT, LPC
Shelterwood Therapist and Art Therapist Bio
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Julie Faddis , MSCAT, LPC // Shelterwood Therapist and Art Therapist

Julie completed her MS in Counseling and Art Therapy at Avila University and is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Julie’s passion is for teenagers and she uses art as a creative therapeutic strategy to help students resolve the tension and pain in their lives. Prior to Shelterwood, Julie worked at Spofford Home for Children, Re-Discover Program and Wyandotte Center for Behavioral and Community Health.

Her desire to work more exclusively with adolescents and families led her to the Shelterwood team in February of 2012. Julie enjoys applying art therapy as a catalyst for growth and healing. She also desires to help teens discover their passions and to be productively involved at Shelterwood, in their community and ultimately when they transition home.

Emily Schmidt , PLPC, NCC
Shelterwood Therapist Bio
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Emily Schmidt , PLPC, NCC // Shelterwood Therapist

Emily is a nationally board certified counselor and graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with an MA in Counseling. She also has a MA in Religious Studies from Calvary Bible College and advanced Play Therapy training through MidAmerica Nazarene University. Emily implements her love for horses through equine therapy and has become EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified. She has a passion for working with children and youth in trauma recovery restoring parent/child relationships.

Ed Lowder , MA, LPC
Shelterwood Therapist Bio
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Ed Lowder , MA, LPC // Shelterwood Therapist

Ed graduated from Amberton University with an MA in Professional Counseling. He has been a Licensed Professional counselor since 2008, and has had a diverse work history in the field of counseling and working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has experience with a wide variety of individuals, serving in both private and community based facilities. He has worked with families in crisis, dealing with both mental health and substance abuse issues.

He utilizes a refined cognitive behavioral skill set to serve clients and their families to implement changes for individuals and their families. Ed loves to focus on the positive aspects of one’s personality and increase rational thinking in response to life’s challenging events.

Megan Bartlow , MS, LMFT
Shelterwood Therapist Bio
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Megan Bartlow , MS, LMFT // Shelterwood Therapist

Megan earned her BA degree in Psychology at Texas State University and continued on to Friend’s University, where she completed her MS in Family Therapy. Megan has experience working with those with anxiety, depression, identity issues, attachment, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and problems that stem from family systems. Prior to joining the Shelterwood team, Megan worked with the families of children and adolescents who experienced various forms of trauma. In 2016, she joined Shelterwood to work with a strong clinical and interdisciplinary team that values clinical excellence and integrates faith to help families find a systemic approach to healing.

Outside of Shelterwood, Megan enjoys traveling, going to local festivals and trying new restaurants with her friends and family.

Chandon Leckron
Addiction Counselor BS, MAACD II
Janelle DeBlock , MA, PLPC
Shelterwood Therapist Bio
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Janelle DeBlock , MA, PLPC // Shelterwood Therapist

Janelle earned her BS at Calvary Bible College and continued on to Dallas Theological Seminary where she completed her MA in Counseling. Janelle has experience working with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. Her interest in reactive attachment disorder (RAD) and developing more secure relationships strongly influences the work she does with adolescents and their families. She joined the Shelterwood team because she is passionate about working with families to rebuild and restore communication and relationship bonds. She enjoys helping teens learn skills necessary for true healing, recovery and wholeness.

Outside of Shelterwood, Janelle enjoys spending quality time with her husband Ken and their son, as well as running in various 5K events throughout the year.

Cindy Booth
Expressive Art Instructor Bio
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Cindy Booth // Expressive Art Instructor

Cindy Booth received her BA in Individualized Studies: Arts for At-Risk Youth from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. Previously, Cindy was a gallery fine arts consultant, a muralist and faux painter, drawing instructor and freelance portrait artist for several publications, including the Denver Post.

As an arts educator, Cindy has worked with at-risk middle and high school students, teaching many art mediums, art history and art appreciation. Cindy also has experience in set design and theater. Many of her students have received local and national arts awards and scholarships.

Neurotherapy Team - Brain Balance

Amanda Gunter
Brain Balance Executive Director Bio
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Amanda Gunter // Brain Balance Executive Director

Amanda’s work and passion is to help children reach their full potential and see families healed and restored. She comes to Shelterwood with more than 15 years of experience, beginning as a classroom teacher working with children struggling with learning and behavior issues. After witnessing the results of the Brain Balance program through one of her students, she left her teaching career to join the Brain Balance team in 2007. Amanda was the Center Director of the Brain Balance in Peachtree City, GA, for five years, serving families with children suffering with symptoms of ADHD, sensory processing, dyslexia and learning difficulties.

In 2012, Amanda moved to Kansas City to develop the Brain Balance Program for Shelterwood Academy. Here she has gained experience collaborating with therapists, educators, and housing staff to develop a holistic brain based approach serving struggling teens. Currently, Amanda is working on her Ph.D. in Brain Rehabilitation and specifically is doing research in the development of empathy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, the outdoors, and traveling abroad.

Lauren Nelson , B.S., D.C.
Chiropractic Care Bio
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Lauren Nelson , B.S., D.C. // Chiropractic Care

Dr. Lauren Nelson attended the University of Central Oklahoma and obtained her BS in forensic sciences and worked for a Chiropractor. After graduating and having a positive experience helping families with chiropractic care, Lauren enrolled at Parker University in Dallas, Texas, and graduated with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. While in school, Lauren obtained her CPR certification through the American Red Cross and finished her clinical internship at the Cancer Treatment Center in Tulsa, OK, adjusting and caring for people with various cancers. Lauren is the Lead Sensory Motor coach at the Brain Balance Centers at Overland Park and Shelterwood. At Brain Balance, Lauren found a passion to help children with Autism, ADD/ADHD and other learning disorders. Lauren is patient, caring, respectful and understanding of the kids and adults she works with.

Marcia Hopper
Brain Balance Case Coordinator Bio
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Marcia Hopper // Brain Balance Case Coordinator

After teaching high school English and business classes for eight years, Marcia earned her MA in School Administration. For eight years, she served as Children’s Ministry Director at a church in Kansas City, where she developed and directed a Special Needs ministry, an annual KidsKamp and a Faith@Home ministry, as well as the weekly children’s programs for all church services.

She has a passion for children and teens and desires to see them reach their full God-given potential. She strongly believes that building strong relationships is the foundation for growth and success. She has been with Brain Balance for more than two years as a cognitive coach, administrative assistant, and is now Shelterwood program director.

Maggie Grumieaux
Sensory Motor Coach