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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.

Bridgette Carpenter, LMFT, LBSW, EAP COUNSELOR

Bridgette Carpenter, LMFT, LBSW, EAP COUNSELOR

Bridgette Carpenter is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her master’s degree from Friends University in 2012. Bridgette is also a licensed Social Worker and received her bachelors degree from Kansas State University in 2009. 

Bridgette understands that each person has their own story, and each person follows a unique path. She firmly believes in change work and in the healing journey of therapy. In life, road blocks are common and people often struggle to move forward. Bridgette is passionate about aiding others through their road blocks in order to obtain peace, acceptance and understanding. She encourages others to move through life and learn from the past, live in the present and look forward to a more hopeful future. 

Amy Schreffler

Amy Schreffler, LCMFT, LMAC, SAP, EAP Counselor

Amy Schreffler serves as a counselor at EMPAC, Inc., where she specializes in substance abuse disorders, marital and relationship counseling, depression and anxiety issues. Amy has spent the majority of her career as a counselor working at a variety of family counseling centers as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, seeing both inpatient and outpatient clients. Prior to her counseling career, Amy worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congressman Charles Wilson of Texas in Washington, D.C. as well as serving as Director of Development and Director of the Business Coalition for the Colorado Democratic Party. Amy received her BA in Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Friends University. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Addictions Counselor.

Amy’s belief about her work can be summarized with the word ‘service’. Her job, and her passion, is to serve those who come to her, to help them heal, to walk alongside them in their journey, and to believe in their wholeness and their wellness.

Blake Buhrman

Blake Buhrman, LCMFT, EAP Counselor

Blake Buhrman is an EAP counselor at EMPAC, where he handles marriage and family issues, among others. He graduated from Friends University with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. He enjoys his work at EMPAC because he gets to encounter a wide variety of individuals, couples and families, and he loves to facilitate group training. He enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and assist them in reaching their goals. For him, coming to work every day is a gift, because he gets to watch courageous people address life challenges, and he can meet them right where they are.

Dabria VanGieson

Dabria VanGieson, LCMFT, RPT, EAP Counselor

Dabria VanGieson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her master’s degree at Friends University in 2012. Dabria is also a Registered Play Therapist and enjoys working with children and their families. She often uses an experiential approach to therapy and incorporates hands on activities to help clients fully process their struggles.

Dabria is client focused and believes that all people can achieve healthy, successful lives. Her goal is to help navigate the often bumpy path that leads to better days. She enjoys helping clients overcome a variety of issues, but especially grief, anxiety and blended family issues. Her goal is to come to work every day and help people find peace, health, or just to live a better, well-rounded life overall, and to show clients that our pasts don’t define our future.

Rita Buffington

Rita Buffington, LCMFT, EAP Counselor

Rita Buffington joined the EMPAC team as an EAP counselor in January 2012, although she began working at EMPAC in an interim capacity in May 2011. Rita received an M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in 2010. She earned her B.A. in English from Texas State University.

Rita is a member of AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), and she primarily enjoys working with adults and couples, helping them with issues such as depression, grief, life stage transitions, and marriage and relationship issues. She likes working with individuals interested in developing mindfulness, greater self-awareness and emotional regulation, and with couples who want to enhance their relationships by expanding their collaborative communication skills. Positive psychology and strengths-based focus are favorite elements she incorporates in her work to help clients attain their goals.

Jessica Muret

Jessica Muret, LSCSW, EAP Counselor

Jessica Muret is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Art Therapist. She 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. Jessie is very interested in the connection of mindfulness and the expressive arts. Interests outside of her professional life include traveling, cooking, listening to live music, spending time in nature, making art and working in her art therapy studio. In her spare time Jessie helps her family run a fireworks business in Winfield.   

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