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Meet the Staff

Patricia (Patti) Ballard, LPC

Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Avila University and undergraduate in Psychology from Park University. In addition to her license she holds several certifications. She is a professional member of the American Counseling Association, Pi Gamma Mu Pi, Greater Kansas City Psychological Association, and the LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Kansas City. She continually educates herself by attending conferences, keeping up with current therapy research, and seeking further educational credits.

In addition to her counseling experience, Patti has over 15 years of management experience working with a wide variety of clients in varying industries.  Her diverse background makes her exceptionally qualified to work with diverse populations and cultures on topics of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, relationships, decision making, stress, conflict resolution, and family matters.  She has counseled individuals, business professionals and families.

She has learned when an individual or families experience severe life stressors or trauma it is not uncommon for their lives to begin to unravel. Often, they make poor choices and find themselves in need of help. Her passion is helping the individual or family regain control of their lives, make positive choices, and find forgiveness in themselves. She works closely with individuals and families by providing them the tools needed to obtain a healthy perception of self and strengthen their relationships so they can be at peace, feel whole again, and feel a sense of safety to self and others.

Patti knows there is not a single therapy modality that is right for every individual. Therefore, she provides a collaborative approach on various modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, goal setting, psychoeducation and positive therapy to help clients make changes.

Debra M. Maxey, LSCSW, LCAC

Debra is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC). She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Washburn University and her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association for Addiction Professionals, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, the American Psychological Association, the Clinical Social Work Association and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse.

Debra serves as the Substance Abuse Program Director, the Healthy Boundaries Program Coordinator and a mental health therapist. She has over 8 years of experience in different settings with diverse clients. She has experience working with individuals struggling with domestic violence, parenting, relationships, stress, conflict management, anger, depression, addictions and shame as well as inappropriate sexual behavior. Her therapeutic approach is client-centered, and she utilizes the therapeutic modalities that best fit the individual to include cognitive behavioral, psychoeducational and family systems. 

In addition to her counseling experience, she spent 6 years in the United States Navy and retired from the Kansas Army National Guard in 2016. She is passionate about helping our armed forces and their families.

Debra believes that change happens when people are empowered and given guidance on how to draw on their own strengths to overcome obstacles in order to move forward. She also believes that mental health illnesses, addictions and behavior go hand in hand. She understands that helping people identify, work through change the underlying causes of the issues in their life is important to create healthy change and a solid base to continue successfully into their future.

Ashton Kleekamp, MA, LPC, ATSA

Ashton provides psychotherapy to a multitude of clients, ranging in age, gender, race, and cultural/spiritual   backgrounds. Currently Ashton specializes in the treatment of sexually deviant thoughts and behaviors and is   the lead therapist for a state approved Sex Offender Treatment Programs. Though she recently graduated, Ashton has been working with variety clients for the past two years under supervision. She graduated with her B.A. in Human Services from Columbia College in 2014. In 2018 she graduated from University of Missouri - Kansas City with her M.A. in Counseling

Ashton specializes in Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Life Transitions, Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, Relationship Issues, Domestic Violence, Domestic Abuse, Anger Management, Parenting, and Substance Abuse. 

Ashton is a professional member of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuser

In her free time Ashton enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband backpacking/hiking/biking, reading, spoiling her four-legged children,traveling, watching movies, and volunteering with Free Hot Soup-KC helping the homeless community in the Kansas City metro area.

Michelle Acevedo, LMSW

Michelle is a licensed social worker and practicing therapist in the states of  Kansas and Missouri.  Michelle earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Park University.  Michelle also holds a Master's Degree from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management. Michelle works with children, adults, individuals, and families on areas related to trauma, family dynamics, reunification of separated families, and emotional regulation.  Michelle has over 14-years of experience in different sectors of the behavioral health field; including Intensive In-Home Therapy, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital and Residential Treatment Facilities as a Behavioral Therapist, Grief and Loss Counseling, and Parenting and Anger Management Groups and Support. Michelle serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Mary teaching Child and Adolescent Psychology and Aging since 2014. Michelle's therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help individuals effectively address personal life challenges and assist each individual in reaching their maximum potential. Michelle is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life. Michelle also specializes in Trauma Informed Care (TST), a treatment modality to help children, adults, and  families who have experienced a traumatic events. 

Marty Biggar, MS, LPC

Marty is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Behavioral health therapist. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University and her undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology from University of Kansas. In addition, Marty earned her graduate certification in child and adolescent psychology from Avila University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Sigma Alpha Lambda, American Mental Health Association, and ACES

Marty provides therapy for both adults and kids using techniques suited for each client’s specific needs. She has several post grad certifications in therapeutic techniques including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Solution Focused Therapy (SFT); Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma based therapies.

In her spare time, Marty enjoys travelling, volunteering with animal rescue groups, and spending time with family and friends.

Samantha Park –  Spanish/English Interpreter

Originally from Costa Rica, as a child her American father sometimes practiced English with her while growing up. She has had the privilege to translate and interpret for her family for many years to develop her abilities, once she moved to the United States, she perfected her skill in school and around peers who spoke English, she would translate any chance she had.

As an adult Samantha has worked in many fields where she had to use both languages English and Spanish, from customer service, to the medical field, to now have been working with Associates at Hope Harbor for the past 3 years as our main interpreter. She is an excellent communicator and has added much value to our organization.

Samantha also runs our Spanish parenting program and handles classes for our English and Spanish speaking clients for the Financial Crimes and Healthy Living Class.

Kidist Ayele, Office Manager

Kidist works as an office manager and court monitor for diversion and probation clients. She started interning with Hope Harbor a year ago and eventually became a full-time employee. She pursues the field of psychology and aims to do individual counseling focused on life transition, goal settings, and self-development. In her free time, Kidist enjoys exploring Kansas, trying new coffee shops, and restaurants.


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