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Practicum Students/

Mikayla Cooke, Intern

Mikayla graduated from the University of Missouri in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently getting her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri. 


After getting her bachelor’s degree, Mikayla worked with adults with substance use disorder who were on probation or parole. She loved this work, but missed working with children, so she decided to go to graduate school. 


Mikayla is interested in working with children of all ages and abilities. She has taken course work on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  


Mikayla believes in an individualized person-centered approach to therapy. She is interested in the healing properties of animals and play and hopes to incorporate those into her work with clients.  


When Mikayla is not in class or working, she loves spending time with her husband, their three dogs, and cat. Mikayla also loves spending time with her nieces and nephews.  

Mikayla practices under the supervision of Heather Ransom, LCSW and RPT, Missouri license number 2018043947. 

Madison Burke, Practicum Student

Madison graduated from Stephens College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. She currently is a graduate student at Stephens in the Master of Education in Counseling program.

In college, Madison had several years of experience working with children in a wide variety of settings, primarily in preschool and elementary school levels. In her current position as an admissions counselor at Stephens, she has gained experience working with students and their families as they navigate the college admissions process. 

Madison hopes to work with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression and who are struggling with life transitions. Madison is the biggest dog lover and has a Goldendoodle named Olive that she hopes will complete therapy dog training to be able to help her support clients. Madison approaches counseling holistically and believes in incorporating mindfulness, art expression, movement and nature in her practice.

Madison is from Columbia and is very active in the community! In her spare time, she is a waitress at a local restaurant, volunteers with the Blue Thunder Cross Country Team, is an avid Pure Barre member, a frequent dog park visitor with her two dogs, Olive and Luna, and is a volunteer foster with the Central Missouri Humane Society!

Madison practices under the supervision of Cate Johnston, licensed clinical supervisor and registered play therapist supervisor with Missouri license number 2011021063. 

Brandi Govero, Practicum Student

Brandi spent 8 years in the Army Reserve supporting the 428th Transportation Company and the 955th Engineer Company. She graduated from Columbia College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Business of Administration with a Minor in Psychology. Currently, Brandi is a graduate student at Colorado Christian University in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. 

Brandi is eager to find her niche within the world of counseling. She has a passion for children, adolescents and young adults who are coping with life transitions and who are feeling depressed, anxious, or both. She also has an incredible heart for those in their golden years who are experiencing difficult life transitions. 


Brandi believes in a holistic person centered approach. She believes in the importance of mindfulness, incorporating nature, and art expression into her work to facilitate her clients’ healing. Brandi has a passion for people, animals and creativity and hopes to eventually merge those worlds and ideals together to help her clients heal. 

Brandi is from a small rural town about an hour from Columbia. There, she works at the local school in the District Office as a secretary. When not at work or attending school, she tends to her own farm; instilling her passion for nature, animals and fruitful labor in her daughter. She helps with her grandparent’s farm, further filling her heart with a passion for the those in their golden years. 

Brandi is under the ongoing supervision of Kate Weir, EdS, LPC-S, RPT-S, Missouri License #2011039650.. 

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