Maple Woods Counseling

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Meet the Counselors

Here at Maple Woods we have qualified, caring, non-judgmental counselors who will protect your privacy and support you through your journey.

CindyCindy Castillon
cindy.castillon@mcckc.edu
816.604.3072

Cindy Castillon, a native of southwest Missouri, joined the counseling staff at MCC-Maple Woods in 2005.  She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Missouri State University, where she focused on counseling education.  She also earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University, where she was a 4-year basketball student-athlete. 

Cindy has taught a variety of courses including Career Exploration Seminar (GUID 109), First Year Seminar (COLL 100), to Educational Psychology (EDUC 270).  She helps students with academic planning, career concerns, and crisis management. 

Cindy has 23 years of counseling experience in the community college, university, and K-12 settings. Cindy believes in students and does whatever she can to help students to believe in themselves.  Her areas of counseling interest include anxiety, motivation, time management, confidence, sexual assault recovery, procrastination, student success, nutrition and wellness, depression, gender/sexuality issues.  She is dedicated to helping students overcome individual barriers to achieve success at MCC–Maple Woods, and in life.

Outside of work, Cindy enjoys spending time with family.  She has a firm focus on fitness and nutrition, and believes that wellness requires that you practice good health in all facets of life.

claytonClayton Robinson, Jr.
clayton.robinson@mcckc.edu
816.604.3128

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.”

A student stated, “Clayton is very patient, kind, and helpful in all aspects of counseling.  He takes his time with you and makes you feel genuinely important.  He always has a smile on his face, which I felt very warm and encouraged.  He is also a good listener, motivator, very easy to talk to, and helped me get to a solution when I had personal or academic problem.”  Clayton is here to help you navigate this journey called college and accomplish your goals.  Come in for a conversation with him, as he wants to help you like those that mentored him through his college years.
Last Modified: 10/29/14