Our Clinical Team is a leader in the field of attachment and trauma, and has a proven track record. Our clinicians have exceptional credentials in evidence-based and outcome-supported practices. Though many of our clinicians come with experience, we do all of our training in-house. In fact, we offer trainings to clinicians across the country in the field of attachment and trauma.
Chris Austin, MA, LPC, NCC
Clinical Director -- Boys Program
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.
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.
Heidi Stanfield, MA, LPC
Clinical Director Teen Girls
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, PLPC
Stephanie recently relocated to Lake Ozark to join the Calo team. 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. In her spare time, she trains for various fitness events and spends time with her cat, Eleanor.
Julie Johnson, LMSW, CRAADC, MBA
Julie moved to Lake Ozark from Southeast Missouri for the sole purpose of joining the Calo clinical team. Prior to starting her position at Calo, she provided case management and counseling services for individuals with terminal illness and their families. Julie has nine years of experience in counseling and case management. She has a diverse therapeutic background ranging from trauma, mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities to end of life. In addition to her clinical work, she has been an advocate in Missouri working closely with the Department of Mental Health and active community coalitions in developing substance abuse prevention and mental health programs and education measures statewide. Julie has worked with communities to develop and strengthen coalitions in organizing, implementing and evaluating evidence based strategies and practices for establishing healthier and happier neighborhoods. As a Mental Health First Aid instructor, she has facilitated education to schools, businesses, churches, police departments and colleges to assist them in better understanding and assisting individuals in crisis and providing support and care in gaining much needed help. She assisted with disaster recovery efforts by helping communities to launch and to maintain Community Organizations Active in Disaster. In doing so, Julie has established strong relations with individuals throughout the State of Missouri. Julie is a licensed master social worker (LMSW), licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselor and has a master's degree in business administration. Her goals involve empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles and being a proactive advocate for the change of ineffective policies and the betterment of life for vulnerable populations. She is tenacious and dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of populations she serves.
Amber Johnson, AA, BS, MSW student
Amber was born in Southern California and grew up in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountain range. Desiring a calmer, quieter way of life for raising a family, she and her family relocated to Northern Michigan before settling on the west side of Lake of the Ozarks 9 years ago. Since then, Amber has focused on raising her children and completing her education. She received an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work with the University of Southern California. She has a desire to work with families and children, providing resources that are specific to the needs of the family. To gain experience in this field, she has decided complete her internship hours here at Calo. She will be with us through next August and will graduate in December 2016. Amber, her husband, and their 6 children enjoy spending time outdoors camping, canoeing, and taking care of their hobby farm.
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.
Bethany Rackers, LCSW
Bethany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a huge passion to help families change. She has 10 years of clinical experience and is excited to be a part of Calo. Bethany grew up in a small town near Lake of the Ozarks. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri - Columbia while working at a substance abuse treatment center. A year and a half passed and she earned her Masters Degree in Social Work, also at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Bethany then moved to the Kansas City area to provide individual and family therapy to the under-served, who might not have the means to get treatment otherwise. While there, she earned her License in Clinical Social Work. Bethany then relocated back to Columbia to broaden her skills in evidence-based therapy for adolescents and families. She married, and after having children, she yearned to relocate back to the Lake Ozark area. Calo was the final piece of the puzzle and has given her the opportunity to provide high quality services, close to home. She is very grateful to be a part of Calo. She truly enjoys our teens and families, and considers it an honor that they let her into their lives. Bethany is full of hope for each of her students and thrives on those small triumphs that sometimes get overlooked. Bethany is highly qualified and has had years of success with adolescents and families. She is looking forward to meeting you.
Clinical Administrative Assistant
Kathy was born and raised in the St. Louis area. Kathy comes from a large family, she has nine brothers and sisters - 2 of her brothers live here at the lake and the other 7 live in the St. Louis area. Through her teenage years, she spent her summers living and working at the lake. Kathy graduated from Ursuline Academy in St. Louis and stayed in Missouri to attend college. Later she moved to Southwest Florida, where she met and married her husband, Joe and has been married for 24 years. Kathy spent several years in the restaurant business and then worked twenty years in Residential Property Management. Kathy and Joe always loved vacationing at the lake and finally decided to move back to Missouri to be near family in 2010.
Tom Belshe, MS, LPC, NCC
Clinical Therapist-Teen Boys Program
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.