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LCMFT

Deborah Ast

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Been with Willow Tree since 2015

As a Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, I walk with my clients as they discover new paths toward personal growth, new paths in their relationships with others, and in discovering a new peace within their environment. Leaving the old path, that started the day we were born, can be difficult even when we know it’s leading us in the wrong direction. Let me help you uncover the whys, discover the hows, work to prevent relapse, and encourage you in your new journey to emotional health.

I work with individuals, couples and families in areas of anxiety, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, family issues, self-esteem, and many more. I am a Certified EMDR therapist working with many kinds of trauma.

I will be adding Hypnotherapy to my practice in the near future to help with anxiety, depression, and trauma.

LSCSW

Shelby Batt

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Been with Willow Tree since 2015

Shelby received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (2011) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (2013) from Wichita State University. (2011). As a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker, Shelby’s clinical training enables him to treat a variety of clinical issues such as, but not limited to; anxiety, depression, child behavioral problems, gender identity, anger, trauma, ADHD as well as relational issues involving couples and families. Honoring each person’s unique perspective, Shelby seeks to help  adolescents, adults, couples and families work through difficult feelings, enhance their ability to cope with stress, change destructive patterns, adjust to change, and find a renewed sense of belonging in life, work, and relationships.

Shelby’s beliefs are that every person has the capacity to make healthy changes in their life. Through a safe, supportive therapeutic relationship; he provide guidance and help each person build upon their unique strengths in order to achieve their goals.

LSCSW, RPT

Carrie Couture

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Registered Play Therapist
Been with Willow Tree since 2015

Carrie completed her Bachelor’s of Social Work at Wichita State University in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2002. In April 2012, she completed the PlayTalk Program at the KC Play Therapy Institute and became a Registered Play Therapist in May 2015.

As a Licensed Clinical Specialist Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, her clinical training enables her to treat a variety of clinical issues such as, but not limited to; anxiety, depression, child behavioral problems, anger, trauma, neglect and abuse as well as relational issues involving couples and families. Honoring each person’s unique perspective, she seeks to help children, adolescents, adults, couples and families work through difficult feelings, enhance their ability to cope with stress, change destructive patterns, grieve loss of all kinds, adjust to change, and find a renewed sense of belonging in life, work, and relationships.

Carrie’s philosophy and approach toward therapy is based on the belief that every person has the capacity to grow and make changes in their life. Through a safe, supportive therapeutic relationship, she provides guidance and helps each person build upon their unique strengths in order to achieve their goals.

LCMFT, LCAC

John Fleeker

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor
Been with Willow Tree since 2016

Are you struggling with addictions or are your marriage not functioning then I can help. Are you or your children dealing with difficulties with behavioral or mental health problems then I can help. Are you a blended family but struggling with family dynamics, then I can help. Are you feeling depressed or anxious because life has not turned out the way you wanted, then I can help. Are you having difficulty with your teen or child, then I can help.

I have worked in a variety of settings from foster care, residential treatment, and community mental health programs, which has given me a lot of experience with wide range of people and their struggles.

I am a Christian therapist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy techniques to help you cope with life challenges. I have worked a lot with marriage counseling, or working with youth and families. I am able to see clients days, evenings, or Saturdays. I can help.

APRN , CNM, PMHNP-BC

Amanda Haworth

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Certified Nurse-Midwife
Been with Willow Tree since 2023

My ideal client will have issues with mood and/or anxiety disorder(s). They will need help in managing their disorder. Their goal will be to incorporate therapeutic, lifestyle modifications, and medicinal modalities to improve their sense of life. The patient wants to improve their overall value of life. They want to feel as if they have a purpose and feel joy in obtaining that purpose.

I am passionately devoted to caring for patients while improving their health & helping ensure their rights are protected. I do this by educating patients while managing mood & anxiety disorders, thyroid & hormone imbalances, acne & more all while practicing shared decision-making. The patient and I together decide on the best treatment plan.

My clinical work centers on improving patients’ health and wellness while protecting their rights and strengthening relationships and helping them be able to fully participate in life.

LSCSW

Jeremy Hickey

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Been with Willow Tree since 2015

As a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker, my clinical training enables me to treat a variety of clinical issues such as, but not limited to; anxiety, depression, child behavioral problems, anger, trauma, ADHD as well as relational issues involving couples and families.Honoring each person’s unique perspective, I seek to help children, adolescents, adults, couples and families work through difficult feelings, enhance their ability to cope with stress, change destructive patterns, adjust to change, and find a renewed sense of belonging in life, work, and relationships.

Through a safe, supportive therapeutic relationship I provide guidance and help each person build upon their unique strengths in order to achieve their goals.

LMSW

Desiree Hoetmer

Licensed Master Social Worker
Been with Willow Tree since 2022

With a background in psychology and a master’s in social work, I try to understand clients’ needs from multiple lenses. Cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, strengths-based, and trauma-informed practices are the main theories used in my practice. I do my best to match the theory used to the type of client I have.

I understand making that first step to talk to someone can be nerve racking, but I commend you on having the strength to do so. I will always do my best to be flexible and welcome anyone with open arms.

LMSW

Ashley Holmstedt

Licensed Master Social Worker
Been with Willow Tree since 2022

I believe that our mental health should be a priority. The journey of one’s life can be derailed by unexpected changes, trauma, grief, and other emotional struggles. The therapy process, along with a strong therapeutic relationship, can be a supportive way to find understanding and healing. I am committed to providing a welcoming environment where individuals and families can feel unconditional acceptance and a sense of hope.

I work with children, adolescents, and adults who have a wide-range of needs including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and more.

I will meet you where you are emotionally and help you find the best way to move forward. That pace can be as slow or as quick as you feel comfortable. At any given moment if you are not gaining what you need from me then it is my goal to find a therapist best fitted for you, because it is solely about your emotional wellness and progress.

LCMFT

Danielle Kraus

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Been with Willow Tree since 2017

As an LCMFT (Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist), my clinical training enables me to treat a variety of issues such as, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, child behavioral problems, anger, ADHD, trauma, abuse and neglect, adjustment issues, as well as relational issues involving couples, individuals and families. Honoring each person’s unique perspective, I seek to help children, adolescents, adults, couples and families work through difficult feelings, enhance their abilities to cope with stress, change destructive patterns, grieve loss of all kinds, adjust to change and find a renewed sense of belonging in life, work and relationships.

I received my Bachelors of Arts Degree at Wichita State University in 2002 and my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree from Friends University in 2005. I have extensive training in play therapy and am working toward becoming a registered play therapist.

I feel that within each therapy session, we can begin to successfully confront those barriers to change. I believe that building a trusting, therapeutic relationship creates a positive long-term change.

LCMFT, RPT

Erin Rindt-Hultman

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist
Registered Play Therapist
Been with Willow Tree since 2015

I believe that all families, couples, and individuals can be empowered to make change, and finding the therapist that believes in their story can help in that amazing process. Change is difficult, especially when people feel judged or shamed. I value the relationship I have with my clients and work hard to ensure that every client’s story is taken seriously, and heard with respect, regardless of the situation

I enjoy helping clients work through trauma, school-related problems, family issues, gender identity issues, and parent-child relationships. I have extensive experience working with children, teens and families.

The hardest part of therapy is getting started, so please know I offer warmth and safety during this time. I would be honored in helping take the first steps in making real change in your life.

LSCSW, RPT-S

Elizabeth "Liz" Wine

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Been with Willow Tree since 2021

Life is a journey that often contains detours or road conditions we didn’t expect. Sometimes professional support is needed to assist in navigating life’s journey. Along the way, you deserve acceptance, compassion, and to feel seen and heard.

As a licensed clinical social worker and a registered play therapist, I enjoy working with clients of all ages, from young children to adults. Depending on the age of the client, I may use play therapy and sandtray. I have worked with clients with anxiety, depression, selective mutism, school concerns, trauma, dancers/performers and am LGBTQI+ affirming.

By looking into therapy, you are already on the first step of your journey towards change, and I applaud you for that step. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about starting the process and would be delighted to meet you.

Administrative Assistant

Diana Curfman

Been with Willow Tree since 2022

I began working at Willow Tree Wellness in 2022. Before that, I spent over 20 years selling Real Estate in Wichita and the surrounding areas. After leaving the Real Estate life, I spent 7 years as a Manager in the apartment world.

I have two beautiful daughters and five wonderful grandchildren.

Summertime is my favorite time of the year and you can usually find me anywhere there is water. I love the lake life!