Chris Austin MA, LPC, NCC
Chris recently relocated to the Lake Ozark area from Kansas City for the specific purpose of becoming a member of the CALO clinical team. She left a private practice of 25 years to pursue this position, after hearing of the meaningful work being done at CALO, and recognizing the parallels between her own philosophy in the treatment of children and adolescents with trauma and attachment needs, and the philosophy and practices at CALO. Chris received a Masters degree in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she graduated with honors. She also holds a degree in Special Education, and worked as a teacher and school counselor for ten years prior to entering private practice. Early in her career, Chris recognized the need, and became aware of her strong passion for helping children and adolescents and their families with the challenges of facilitating healing and growth following experiences of early childhood neglect, trauma, and family separations. Her practice focused on children who were adopted, were in the process of being adopted, or were in the foster care system awaiting some type of permanency in their lives. She has extensive experience in individual and family therapy services, both in the office and in the home setting. Through the course of her work in private practice, Chris worked for ten years with an associate professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who specializes in attachment and trauma, along with a team of therapists from around the country, treating families through intensive treatment experiences. This experience provided her with valuable training in working with families in crisis. Through this process she participated in a research study and co-published the results of that study documenting the success of the intensive treatment model. Chris is very excited about the opportunity to work with the students at CALO and their families, as well as the specialized team of professionals. She feels privileged to be a part of the growth and positive change of the CALO students and their families. Chris and her husband, Scott are looking forward to enjoying the lake area, with many visits from their three adult sons and their families, which include two grandchildren.
Heidi Stanfield MA, LPC
Heidi started working as a girls' teen therapist at Calo 3 years before achieving the position of clinical director for the girls' program. Heidi has a Bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks located in Point Lookout, Missouri near Branson and achieved a Master's degree from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. Heidi has experience in private practice as well as residential care settings. Heidi is trained in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Heart Rate Variability, Brainspotting, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, and is knowledgeable and experienced in treating developmental trauma and attachment related disorders. "Helping families find meaning through suffering, develop greater intimacy, and develop new neural pathways in experiential ways is incredibly rewarding. I have a gift in my ability to help others through therapy and feel fortunate to be able to serve in this way."
Stephanie Dixon MS, LPC
Stephanie joined the Boys Clinical Team in August 2015. She spent her childhood growing up in Iowa until her family moved to Missouri. After high school, she attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. She has since completed certificate programs in both Forensic Child Psychology and Crime Victim Advocacy. Stephanie has spent most of her career working with adults and teenagers who have been the victims of violent and sexual crime, and has extensive experience with crisis intervention. She continues to teach Psychology courses for Missouri State University in order to share her ongoing passion for the field. Stephanie has completed 7 half marathons and is currently training to conquer a full marathon.
Tom Belshe MS, LPC, NCC
Tom is a Missouri native who joined the CALO team after 22 years of experience in the mental health field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biology and Psychology and his Master of Science degree with a dual emphasis in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Central Missouri State University. His early experience involved working in Community Mental Health with Dual Diagnosis patients suffering with severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders followed by five years of experience with the Missouri Division of Youth Services where he worked as a Youth Specialist and Regional Family Therapist serving 12-21 year old youth and their families. After leaving the Division of Youth Services, Tom joined a private practice in Osage Beach while also developing his own Private Practice which he operated for the past 15 years. The majority of the clients served through his private practice setting were youth within the foster care system and pre and post adoption cases with children often dealing with PTSD, developmental trauma and attachment related concerns.
Josh Nordean M.S. LPC
Josh joins the Calo team after relocating with his family from Tulsa, OK where he has worked with teens in a variety of settings for the past 14 years as a teacher, coach, youth mentor, case manager, pastor and therapist. After learning about Calo, he was inspired by the synergy between his own treatment philosophy and the relational emphasis of the Calo model as it focuses on addressing the underlying issues of trauma and attachment rather than solely on behavior. Josh graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma State University w/ a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Counseling after spending a year working at the Tulsa Boys Home, a residential facility serving students with a variety of issues related to substance abuse, trauma and attachment. Most recently he has worked as a therapist for the mental health crisis team in Tulsa County serving over 700,000 residents and working with law enforcement and various inpatient facilities to ensure the safety of those in crisis as well as the severely mentally ill. He has experience working with clients and families from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and is excited to join the Calo family and bring his experience alongside the variety of dynamic therapies provided at Calo to help facilitate healing for students and their families. Josh enjoys anything related to sports and being outdoors and loves spending time with his wife and three sons.
Olivia recently moved to the Lake Ozark area from Ann Arbor, Michigan to join the Calo team. The mission and philosophy of Calo resonated so profoundly with Olivia’s values that she decided to take the risk of relocating. Originally from the New York City area, Olivia received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has always had a great passion for building supportive relationships and being a part of empowering and healing environment for youth. Before Calo, Olivia worked as a therapist in a short-term crisis shelter for at-risk adolescents. Her past experiences also include working as a school social worker, an after-school educator, youth-program developer, community-center counselor, youth mentor, and camp counselor. Olivia’s clinical work is deeply trauma-informed and attachment-based and is rooted in empathetic listening, building healthy relationships, effective communication and providing a safe space for youth to express themselves. When not at Calo, Olivia can be found outside, reading whichever book is on top of the closest pile of her many collections of books at home, writing poetry, exploring the area, trying to find the best local coffee shop, or baking bread!
Debra Black MA, LPC
Born and raised in Missouri, Debby comes to CALO with a passion and dedication for serving families, and the desire to facilitate healing. She grew up in St. Louis County and later moved to Rolla, Missouri. There she worked for Phelps County Regional Medical Center and was one of the first employees to help open their psychiatric program entitled, “Stress Center.” Working at the Stress Center as a Psych Tech she developed a curiosity for psychology and people who struggle with life’s emotions. While living in the Springfield Missouri area she attended Drury University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Continuing her education she earned her Master’s in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Recently, July 2015, she recieved a certification in Training Adoption Competency (TAC). A standardized training program that provides clinicians with the knowledge and skills they need to better understand the complexity of adoption and the struggles adoptive families face. During her post graduate work she had the opportunity to work with a community to help develop a grass roots domestic and sexual violence program. This is when she began to greater understand the effects of childhood trauma. Her wide-ranging clinical experience throughout the years includes working with crisis intervention, domestic violence, sexual trauma, substance abuse and recovery, mental health disorders, self-image, emotional intelligence, corporate psychology, vocational counseling as well as offender rehabilitation and re-entry into society. Her work has taken place in community non-profit organizations, private practice, and contract settings. She has spent the last 18 years working for the Missouri Department of Social Services in various roles. Debby’s passion to facilitate systemic change in struggling families led her to CALO. Her treatment philosophy aligns nicely with the CALO model. She is appreciative of the opportunity to work with families in this unique setting, who are dedicated and engaged in healing their families. When she is not at work she loves to travel and spending time with her friends and family, which includes five beautiful grandchildren, Lane, Kaitlynn, Connor, Blake and Kraig. She loves the Lake of the Ozarks where she vacationed frequently as a child. Living at the lake and helping families find joy in their life is truly a blessing for her.
Kim Fielding EdD, LCSW
Dr. Fielding is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in trauma-informed care settings such as child welfare, schools, and mental health. Previous mental health practice includes work with the State of Missouri, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and various school districts in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Educational practice continues as a mentor for students conducting their dissertation research as part of their doctorate in social work degree. Self-care practices include time with family, local travel for sightseeing and events, fishing, and trying out various stir-fry creations.
Shannon Martin, MA, PLPC
Shannon joined the Girls' Teen Clinical Team as a therapist at Calo in January of 2018. Shannon has a double bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Gerontology from Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri and achieved a master’s degree from Evangel University Springfield, Missouri. Shannon has experience in working with orphan children and adolescent youth in Kenya, Africa, men and women in the Judicial system and has many hours of volunteered time as a Celebrate Recovery facilitator. Shannon is trained in Brainspotting, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Heart Rate Variability and is knowledgeable and qualified in treating developmental trauma and attachment related disorders. “Working with individuals in the Judicial system afforded me the drive and passion to help traumatized youth from following the path of dysregulatory behavior and broken relationships. Helping families find their lost joy is altogether worthwhile and satisfying.”