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Our dedicated team of professionals is known for its talent and experience and is well-equipped to help members deal with a variety of issues. They respond appropriately to a clientele of all ages, races, educational backgrounds and income levels and focus on treating everybody with the utmost courtesy, dignity and respect.

Stacey Winter

Stacey Winter, LCMFT | CEO

Stacey Winter received her Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in 1996. With over 20 years of clinical experience, Stacey spent much of her career in the child welfare system. As a clinician and as CEO of EMPAC, Stacey assists individuals, couples, families and groups through counseling, training, coaching, and consulting. Throughout her work, Stacey has focused on organizational health, building and maintaining effective teams and the impact of trauma.

Dabria VanGieson

Dabria VanGieson, LCMFT, RPT | Clinical Manager

Dabria VanGieson received her Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in 2012.  Dabria is also a Registered Play Therapist who incorporates hands-on activities to help clients fully process their struggles, with special emphasis in grief, anxiety, blended family issues and trauma. She specializes in working with children, teenagers, and families. Dabria also enjoys working with first responders and is skilled in providing crisis debriefings.

Lea Aunins

Lea Aunins, LMSW | Business & Training Manager

Lea Aunins received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Kansas State University in 1992 before earning her Master of Social Work from Wichita State University in 2013. Lea has over 25 years of experience assisting children and families in crisis, with respect for trauma informed care. She also has been focused on helping people live a balanced life through personal and financial health education. Lea has a passion for helping individuals through the aging process, including dignified end-of-life planning.

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams, LMFT | Affiliate Coordinator

Jennifer Adams received her Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in 2018. As an integrative therapist, she combines different therapeutic approaches with the language of parts to help clients embrace difficult emotions as they occur. Jennifer works with survivors of trauma as they journey from reactivity to experiencing inner leadership driven by vision, compassion and confidence.

Amy Schreffler

Amy Schreffler, LCMFT, LMAC, SAP

Amy Schreffler received her Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in 2009, licensure as Master’s Addiction Counselor in 2010 and certification as a Substance Abuse Professional through the US Department of Transportation in 2015. With more than 10 years of counseling experience, Amy has worked with clients in both family counseling centers and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. As an EAP counselor, Amy integrates cognitive behavioral, narrative and solution-focused therapies in treating substance use disorders, marital and relationship difficulties, depression and anxiety issues. 

Bridgette Miller, LMFT, LBSW

Bridgette Miller, LMFT, LBSW

Bridgette Miller received her Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Social Work from Kansas State University in 2009. Bridgette works with different client systems, including first responders, families, adults and adolescents. She is passionate about helping clients navigate potential road blocks as they learn from the past, live in the present and prepare for a more hopeful future. 

Jabulani Sentwali

Jabulani Sentwali, LMSW

Jabulani Sentwali received his Bachelor of Social Work from Bethel College in 2005 and his Master of Social Work from Newman University in 2008. He has been trained and worked extensively with individuals, families and children coping with the effects of trauma. For more than ten years, Jabulani has served children and families within the adoption and foster care systems, specifically guiding parents with special needs youth. He is skilled in counseling teenagers and young adults.

Jessica Muret

Jessica Muret, LSCSW

Jessica Muret received her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Emporia State University in 2004, and her Master of Social Work in 2011. She has over fifteen years of experience working with non-profits and is versed in Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Restorative Practices.  Jessie has a passion for building resiliency, hope and creative healing with those she works with. She prides herself in being an advocate for at-risk populations including individuals who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, abuse and neglect.    

Rita Buffington

Rita Buffington, LCMFT

Rita Buffington received her Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University in 2012. Integrating positive psychology with a strengths-based brief therapy approach, she enjoys working with individuals interested in developing mindfulness, greater self-awareness and emotion regulation. Rita counsels both adults and couples with issues such as depression, grief, life stage transitions, and marriage and relationship issues.

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