Practicum Students

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. 

Jackie Esser, Practicum Student

Jackie is a graduate student from Stephens College currently working on her Master of Education in the Counseling Program. In total, Jackie has six years of working in the mental health field. 

Jackie has always had a passion for working with children. She worked as a behavior specialist navigating the waters for parents and children to cope with social, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral issues. What she loved most about this is listening and understanding the unique needs of each child and family. 


Jackie hopes to work with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. Jackie is continuing her work on learning more about somatic experiences and how trauma affects the body. Jackie is passionate about learning play-therapy and how it helps children, teens, and families grow. 


This summer Jackie is continuing her work with DBT Vitality learning how to provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) treatment, which is the gold standard of evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder, suicidal and self-injurious behaviors.

Jackie is under ongoing supervision provided by Kate Weir, EdS, LPC-S, RPT, MO License #2011039650.