Here at Maple Woods we have qualified, caring, non-judgmental counselors who will protect your privacy and support you through your journey.
Clayton Robinson, Jr.
Clayton Robinson, Jr., a native of Kansas, joined the Counseling staff at MCC-Maple Woods in 1997. He holds a master's in Counseling from Webster University, where he focused on clinical counseling practices. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Emporia State University, where he was a 4-year basketball student-athlete and calls his degree the greatest trophy he received.
Clayton has taught a variety of courses during his tenure, from Personal Skills (GUID 100), to Career Exploration Seminar (GUID 109), to Stress Management (GUID 116), to First Year Seminar (COLL 100), to Special Topics in Guided Studies (GUID 199). He also helps students with academic planning in addition to his daily counseling duties. He has a wide range of clinical training and experience in which he has worked therapeutically at several mental health and social service organizations in Kansas and Missouri. In these settings, he gained experience working with diverse mental health populations.
Clayton’s counseling career spans over 24 years and has a simple passion and purpose mantra, to genuinely serve, advocate for, and help every day to try and make a positive impact and difference in someone’s life. His counseling interests to help our students include anxiety, speech anxiety, math anxiety, time management, confidence, procrastination, mindfulness, academic success strategies, depression, trauma, career exploration and planning, gender/sexuality issues, and community outreach. He is also has a passion and interested in the retention, development, and persistence of our students in reaching their academic and personal goals at MCC-Maple Woods.
As a dedicated helper, Clayton works from a person-centered, solution-focused, holistic perspective and believes that ascribing to one form of counseling theory limits the potential growth of our students. In using an eclectic approach he is able to identify and harness each of his student’s individual strengths, and work with them using individualized interventions and strategies based on their presenting issues. Ultimately, this allows him to honor the students he works with by not forcing them into a prescribed role and thus allows him to utilize the counseling relationship to help his students reach their full potential.
When not on campus, Clayton enjoys learning and practicing mindfulness subjects. He also has a passion for bass fishing, an addiction for cycling, a love of the great outdoors, a spirit for his close friends and family, and an interest in “watching” all sports as he states, “my knees have too many basketball miles on them to play anymore and I don’t heal as quickly as I use too.”