Who can I talk to?

If you need help outside of office hours call:

  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 888.279.8188
  • Hearing/Speech Impaired Mental Health Crisis Line: 888.955.8339
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.7233
  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault: 816.931.4527

MCC Counseling Offices: Call 816.604.1000 and ask to be transferred to the counseling office of the campus you attend.


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Blue River 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Longview 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Maple Woods 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Penn Valley 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Evening appointments after normal office hours are available upon request. Please contact a Counseling Services office at 816.604.1000 for counselor availability.

MCC-Blue River

Burke Maxted, Lead Counselor
MCC-Blue River, Education Center 115C

Burke graduated from Washtenaw Community College in Michigan. The support and resources he received there helped pave the way to become the first in his family to receive a college degree, which influenced other family members to complete college.

Burke's compassionate and respectful approach to counseling helps students focus on their strengths, make transitions and find solutions. He works from the assertion that everyone is unique and worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of their beliefs, identity, circumstances or struggles.

He enjoys all things outdoors and learning to speak Spanish.

Terry Stanley, Counselor
MCC-Blue River, Education Center 114E

Terry has worked in various student roles in higher education for ten years. He received his Master's degree in Counseling from Avila University and now serves as a counselor at MCC. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Philosophy and approached much of his counseling from this blended perspective.

His main concerns and passions center on well-being and living a vital and fulfilling life. To do this, he focuses on a holistic approach and addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being to ensure that we all can live our best lives.
Terry chose to work in higher education because he believes it is a great place to help people realize their potential and offers him an opportunity to forge strong mentoring relationships that will help support students in pursuing their goals.

Terry hopes to foster an environment that makes any student feel welcome, safe and not judged, no matter the circumstances.
Terry is an avid practitioner of mindfulness activities such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong and meditation in his free time. He loves to read on many different subjects, from philosophy to psychology to quantum physics. He is a huge fan of sci-fi books, films and television.

Terry loves to spend time with friends and family, and his favorite group activities are typically centered on board games, of which he has an extensive collection. He is also a huge foodie; he loves to travel, explore, and generally experience new things.


Stephanie Schoening, Lead Counselor
Science and Technology, Room 102A

Stephanie is a professional counselor who has worked in educational institutions for more than 20 years, including 6 years at MCC's Longview campus and 4 years at MCC's Business & Technology campus. Stephanie earned degrees in K-12 teaching and guidance counseling. She is also completing coursework in the Community College Leadership Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University. She is from a small town in northwest Iowa and is a proud wife and mother to two sons.

Career Exploration counseling is her passion. Stephanie loves helping students become aware of the multiple pathways to a living wage and their dreams. Finding your 'fit' in a career field is easier than you think. There are an increasing number of careers that do not require going to a university for a bachelor's degree. They are shorter and called A.A.S. degrees and certificates. Stephanie is knowledgeable of the many routes students can take to achieve their goals.

Educational Support counseling is also a strength, as Stephanie has been an adjunct professor online and face to face for over 15 years. She can help you develop coping skills and provide resources to help you get and stay organized, maximize time management, find school-work-family-life balance, and beat procrastination.

Anxiety, including math and test anxiety, are the most prevalent reasons college students report seeing a counselor at MCC-Longview. Stephanie has experience in building student confidence in these sweaty-palm situations. Practicing mindfulness in personal counseling sessions can help you take control of your anxiety.

Stephanie's advice to students is, "College is a chance to re-invent yourself. Approach this opportunity with intention. If you are unsure of your full direction, come for free counseling! The guaranteed way to not get something you want is to not ask for it."

Cindy Castillon, Counselor
Learning Resources, Room 203

Cindy Castillon, a native of southwest Missouri, joined MCC’s counseling staff 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, and 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), and Educational Psychology (EDUC 270). She helps students navigate academic planning, career concerns, and crisis management.

Cindy approaches all students in an accepting and non-judgmental manner. She listens and helps guide them to find answers within themselves. Her areas of counseling interest include anxiety, motivation, time management, sexual assault recovery, student success, depression, and gender/sexuality issues. She is dedicated to helping students overcome individual barriers to achieve success at MCC, and in life.

Outside of work, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, and those closest to her. She has a firm focus on her overall wellness which includes physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of her life.

Jim McGraw, Part-time Counselor
Business 201R

Jim is currently a part-time counselor on the MCC-Longview campus following his retirement after 24 years as a full-time counselor at MCC. Before working in college settings, he had about ten years of mental health counseling experience in community-based and hospital settings.

His general approach to counseling is grounded in a humanistic model, based on the idea that people can cope, heal and grow when favorable conditions are created. He also attempts to integrate practices related to positive psychology, stress management/relaxation and brain-based approaches into his work. Jim strives to be an ally to people from diverse communities and appreciates collaborating with students and colleagues at MCC.

When not working, he enjoys time with family, friends and dogs (his current dog is helping him learn to "stay"!). Jim also volunteers in the community and participates in music, reading and spending time in nature.

Connie Spies, Part-time Counselor
Liberal Arts 202L

Connie joined MCC-Longview as a part-time counselor in fall 2021. Before MCC-Longview, she had 20 years of postsecondary and career counseling experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University and a Master's in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin.

Connie enjoys assisting students with career decision-making, academic concerns (study skills, stress management, time management, testing anxiety) and personal issues. As a former first-generation college student, she realizes that many students need help with understanding everything from basic college terminology to comprehending the college process to knowing how to seek out the appropriate resources.

She is dedicated to helping students overcome barriers and achieve success.

MCC-Maple Woods

Clayton Robinson, Lead Counselor
Administration Building, Room 102B

Clayton joined the counseling staff in 1997. He received his Master's degree in Counseling from Webster University. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Emporia State University and is a 4-year basketball student-athlete.

Through professional counseling, success coaching, and advocacy, Clayton facilitates personal and educational development. After 23 years of service, he still finds it very rewarding to assist students in identifying personal concerns, developing strengths and coping skills, overcoming difficult circumstances in their lives, and achieving academic and personal success. In addition, he also teaches and hosts seminars each semester on career exploration.

Clayton's counseling interests include career exploration, grief and loss, anxiety, time management, stress, motivation, wise-mind, and self-care/advocacy.

Clayton believes everyone can change in a positive, meaningful way. He works to create a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment to help students explore their goals, feelings, and behaviors.
When Clayton is away from campus, he is a man on the go, spending his time fishing, cycling, and exploring the great outdoors! I look forward to visiting with you soon. Be well.

Sara Blount, Counselor
Administration Building, Room 102C

Sara earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2008 and her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012 from Missouri State University. She obtained her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) while working for the State of Missouri's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a Counselor. She earned her LPC in 2015. She joined MCC in 2015, serving as Disability Support Services Coordinator at MCC-Maple Woods, Blue River and Business & Technology.

Sara's professional interests are career exploration, time management and anxiety management. She enjoys helping students learn about themselves to discover a career path. Assisting students with time management to support their success is a passion. Sara has assisted many students in learning to incorporate anxiety/stress management techniques into their everyday lives. Using technology, like smartphone apps, helps students maintain these techniques.

Her interests outside of work include:

Relaxing with family and friends.
Watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues.
Enjoying the outdoors.

Jeff Wilt, Counselor
Administration Building, Room 102C

Jeff has worked in education for more than 20 years and has been a counselor at MCC since 2005. He grew up in North Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Education at UNC-Chapel Hill and his Master of Science in Counseling at UNC-Greensboro.

His passion is to assist students in achieving their dreams. His job is to help you overcome obstacles to be your best self and meet your goals. He is happy to assist you with personal, academic and/or career concerns. While each student is unique, he generally has a person-centered, solution-focused approach.

His priorities outside of work are his daughter, social justice and pancakes, usually in that order.

MCC-Penn Valley

Dawn Brady, Counselor
Campus Center, Room 227

Dawn Brady has been on the MCC-Penn Valley counseling staff since 2011 and has over 23 years of counseling experience. She chose to work in a college setting because she enjoys working with students who are in the process of making or "re-making" plans and goals for the future.

Dawn is experienced working with students on various issues such as career exploration and development, college success strategies, organization and time management.

Dawn also works with students who have personal concerns that may interfere or impact their performance in school. Dawn assists prospective and current students in reaching their potential.

Dawn has served in a counseling capacity since 1997. She is a licensed professional counselor. Her counseling approach is solution-focused and rationally based, focusing on the interaction between thoughts, behavior and emotions and how it impacts the individual.

Dawn has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Missouri Western State University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University.

Students report that Dawn makes them feel welcome, respected, valued and she is genuinely concerned about students.

In Dawn's spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, traveling, spending time with family, friends and her dog and cat. Dawn reports that one of the best parts of the winter weather season (because cold weather is not it) is watching college basketball!

Dachia Busch, Counselor
Campus Center, Room 226

Dachia has enjoyed being a valuable member of the counseling department at MCC-Penn Valley since 2007. She is a Kansas native credited with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Education degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University. She later achieved a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University.

Students affectionately call her "Ms. Dachia" and always offer honesty, hardworking and straightforward advice. She challenges students to go beyond their immediate knowledge and experience - to think beyond current situations and realities. "All students have a purpose and an opportunity to be great - even beyond their mishaps, shortcomings and negative experiences."

Dachia's passion for diversity and inclusion has directed her towards membership and chairing many of the district's diversity and inclusion initiatives. She enjoys finding ways to give voice to those who don't have an opportunity. She credits her work ethic and resiliency to life experience, college education and being a former student athlete.

"The best parts to my job are lifelong learning, being accessible to students and focusing on my personal and career development - it's the only way I can prepare students, serve communities and create opportunities."

Brian Chasteen, Counselor
Campus Center, Room 224

Brian has worked in student services and higher education for 30+ years, and he has been a counselor at MCC-Penn Valley since 1999. Brian is actively committed to the leadership education of students, employees, the public and community agencies and service to them.

His Doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia focused on a well-rounded curriculum, exposing him to the many skills necessary to form, facilitate and promote collaborative partnerships successfully.

His Master's degree in Higher Education and Counseling from Emporia State University propelled his desire to assist students in achieving their academic, personal and career-related goals.

His experiences as Director of Retention / Student Services, Director of Student Development, Student Affairs Coordinator and Assessment / Placement / Tracking Counselor gave him the organizational and interpersonal skills necessary for assisting students and programs in reaching their fullest potential.

Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities is the mission of Metropolitan Community College. His personal goal is to assist students during their transitional stage of becoming a world class person while understanding who they are and the strengths and talents to offer the world around them.

E. G. Williamson might have said it best, "Student needs should be interpreted by the student."

What he would like every student to know: You are unique, one of a kind, tailor-made in an off-the-track world. You are not a photocopy, you are an original. You bring to life something nobody else has or can in a world of nearly six billion; there is no one just like you. Without each of us, the world would be a significantly different place.

Julianne Jacques, Lead Counselor and International Counselor
Campus Center, Room 228

As the International Counselor for MCC-Penn Valley, Julianne is considered an expert at creating positive learning experiences for students from countries around the world. In 2006, Julianne was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Russia. Upon her return, she co-taught the Intercultural Communication class at MCC-Penn Valley and her course module is now being used at four other community colleges.

Julianne advocates for all students who speak English as their second language. She has created various opportunities for staff, faculty and administrators to become informed and involved in international issues.

Julianne is a native Floridian who has made Kansas City her home for 25 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida and a Master's in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland.

Julianne is known for her love of animals and travel. She is the proud parent of one dog and three cats. She has traveled to more than 40 countries around the world. She volunteers with Great Plains SPCA and serves on the Board of the Friends of the Johnson County Library system.