Theresa Dotson Alexander, MS, LPC, NCC is the founder of The Center for Counseling & Training. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and completed her Master of Science in Psychology degree there as well. Theresa moved to Lafayette County in 2006 where she worked as a therapist for Rodgers-Lafayette Health & Dental Center in Lexington, Missouri. In 2008, she started The Center for Counseling & Training. She has worked in many different settings and with all demographics throughout her career. She has been trained in working with offenders of domestic violence, teen issues, family and relationship matters, PTSD, victims of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, and many other areas. Theresa is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Missouri Mental Health Care Association. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health and social services field.
Theresa’s approach is strength-based and positive. She enjoys working with all ages of clients and often uses humor as a way to help them manage stress. She is available for individual, couples, family, and group counseling as well as court-ordered and court-related matters.
Theresa is married with two daughters and a son.
Charlene K. Atkins, MS, LPC received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and went on to complete her Master of Science degree from the University of Central Missouri. The focus of her studies was on the clinical aspects of counseling that included extra training in diagnosis, psychopathology, and treatment of mental disorders. She also attended training workshops related to the treatment of trauma and dissociative disorders, PTSD, grief and loss issues, domestic violence, sex offender management and treatment, juvenile and adult law offenders, autism spectrum disorders, expressive therapies and play therapy techniques. Charlene is a member of the Missouri Mental Health Care Association, The Grief Support Network of Kansas City, Chi Sigma Iota-Zeta chapter (Honor’s Society) and Delta Epsilon Iota (Honor’s Society).
Charlene provides counseling to people of all ages, life styles, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and is available for individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, play therapy, and co-therapy.
Vicki Knipmeyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri. She joined the team at The Center for Counseling & Training in November 2011. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and is currently completing the requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with the Association for Play Therapy. She recently moved to Lafayette County from the St. Louis area, where she worked as a school social worker for 6 years. She also has experience working with individuals who have experienced family violence.
As a therapist, Vicki believes that every individual and family has strengths to draw on, and that it is important to look beyond just individual challenges to include work with the family, school, and community. She is passionate about meeting every client where they are at developmentally using a variety of interventions and techniques.
Vicki is married and has two children, a daughter and a son.