Hopeful & Whole Counseling

Who We Are

Stephanie Risinger, MS, LCMFT

Stephanie is a clinically licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Kansas and Missouri. Early in her career she worked in an adolescent pregnancy prevention program and learned the degree to which women are under educated in regard to their reproductive health and thus began her journey toward educating herself and others. 

Stephanie went on to experience her own challenges in trying to grow her family. From that experience, Stephanie developed a sense of purpose in helping women find and live from their inherent worth, regardless of their fertility and motherhood experiences. She shifted her clinical focus to working with families experiencing challenges during the reproductive years. 

Stephanie received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University in 2009.  In addition, Stephanie served as an adjunct professor of psychology for five years at California Baptist University and has been a featured speaker at numerous community events, organizational meetings, trainings, and women’s retreats. She completed her Certificate in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International in 2020 and completed Advanced Training in Perinatal Mental Health in 2022.

Member: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Veronica Champion – Counseling Intern

Veronica has 8 years of experience in the Kansas City nonprofit sector, having served in multiple capacities throughout her career. Veronica holds a Bachelor’s of Human Services degree from Ottawa University and is in her third year of study for a Masters of Arts in Counseling degree at Midamerica Nazarene University. Upon graduation she will complete the licensure requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and a School Counselor.

Veronica plans to specialize in perinatal counseling. She hopes to provide a safe community for her clients and their unique pregnancy and birthing experiences. 

Personally, Veronica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring kayaking spots, reading for her book club, and traveling. She is passionate about mission-driven work, especially organizations that promote the protection of public lands, the environment, and women’s rights. Veronica is a regular blood donor and encourages everyone to find their way to help build a stronger community.

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