Meet Our Team

Every member of the Transitions Team is here to support your mental health needs.
Our diverse mental health team has expertise in helping people of all ages to achieve their treatment goals and improve the quality of their lives.

Stacey Krauss - Transitions Counseling and Consulting

Stacey Krauss
PsyD, ABPP

Clinical Psychologist and CEO

Alysson Zatarga
MA, MEd, LPC

Director of Clinical Services

Jessica Brubaker - Transitions Counseling and Consulting

Jessica Brubaker
MS, LPC, NCC

Director of Training

Shawn Smyser - Transitions Counseling and Consulting

Shawn Smyser
LPC

Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Emilie Wright - Transitions Counseling and Consulting

Emilie Wright
MA, LPC, NCC

Clinical Supervisor

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Alysson Zatarga, M.A., M.Ed., LPC

Alysson has extensive mental health and organizational experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds. As the director of clinical services, she develops and manages clinical programs and supervises the next generation of mental health counselors. She works with clients aged 6 and above, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy, and has a special clinical interest in clients with autism, family conflict, relationship issues, and emotional trauma. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and has multiple pets that have been rescued.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“I enjoy supporting clients on their journeys to a healthier, happier, more balanced way of life.”

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Jessica Brubaker, M.S., LPC, NCC

Jessica is responsible for the development and implementation of clinical training throughout Transitions Counseling She supervises both licensed associate counselors and master’s-level interns and has given speaking engagements on multiple topics including self-care and adolescent mental health. She is EMDR-trained, works with clients aged 14 and above, and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, attachment/relationship issues, and emotional trauma.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Helping people to repair the relationship with themselves so that they can participate fully in their life.”

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Shawn Smyser, M.S., LPC

Shawn works with clients from age 8 to early-career adults and specializes in assessing and treating safety concerns, panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and those struggling with unhealthy relationships, boundaries, and/or communication issues.

What do you believe is the most important thing about the client/counselor relationship?

“Going to therapy can be scary, so I believe building the relationship is the most important aspect of the client/counselor relationship, along with trust, honesty, and knowledge.”

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Emilie Wright, M.A., LPC, NCC

Clinical Supervisor

Emilie uses an “eclectic style to help meet individuals where they are currently at in their lives.” She works with clients ages 13+ and specializes in anxiety, depression, anger management, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and somatic symptomology. Emilie is a clinical supervisor at Transitions and works with several advanced graduate students training to become licensed therapists.

What do you like best about being a counselor?

“Trust, open communication, and I love seeing the growth of my clients.”

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Lauren Corelli, M.S., LAC

Lauren is a Licensed Associate Counselor and works with adolescents and adults for individual counseling and group therapy.

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Lisa Garza, M.S., LAC, CCTSI

Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, specializing in Special Education and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She’s a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist Individual (CCTSI) and enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. 

She’s compassionate about helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health diagnoses. Along with CBT and DBT therapies, Lisa incorporates a holistic approach when counseling, believing in a mind/body connection. She enjoys helping clients identify skills to create a lifestyle that is wholehearted and joyful. She keeps her mind and body healthy by hiking, running, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

What is the most important thing about the counselor and client relationship?

“The development of hope which occurs when there is an environment of trust, warmth, and emotional safety.”

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Lynette Howard, M.S., LAC

Lynette works with clients aged 10 and above, is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and is particularly interested in helping clients with anxiety. Lynette is married to an Air Force veteran and enjoys running in her free time.

What do you believe is the most important thing about the client/counselor relationship?

“Helping others through the development of a healthy therapeutic relationship.”

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Kennedy Kidd, M.A., LAC

Kennedy specializes in treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, self-esteem, relationships, and boundary issues. She treats clients aged 13+ and believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship is most important in the client and counselor relationship.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Creating a safe place for clients to be their full selves; empowering clients to grow and create purpose in their life; and helping others learn about themselves.”

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Shannon Killpack, M.A., ATR

Shannon works with clients aged 10 and up is particularly interested in the treatment of autism-spectrum disorders and trauma. Shannon is a registered art therapist and provides expressive arts therapy to our IOP groups in addition to seeing clients for individual therapy. She is a mom of six teens in a blended family and enjoys “household projects…revamping something old and making it new.”

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR FUTURE CLIENTS TO KNOW?

“Art making is about the experience, not the result. Everyone is an artist!”

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Leah Levengood, M.S.W., LMSW

Leah is fluent in Spanish and English, and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy. Her areas of interest include quality of life, aging, active duty service members and veterans, LGBTQI, substance abuse/addiction, chronic disease management, HIV/AIDS, and end-of-life/hospice care.

What do you like to do when you’re not at Transitions?

“I like to volunteer as a therapist at the Franciscan Renewal Center aka “the casa”.”

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Samantha Sheeley, M.S., LAC, NCC

Samantha Sheeley is board certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and works with adolescents and college age and early career adults. Her therapeutic specialities include cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness. Samantha is a well-known softball athlete and coach, and a member of the Emporia State Hall of Fame for her achievements.

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Christina Lalan, MS, LAC

Christina works as an intake specialist and staff clinician with Transitions Counseling. Christina is EMDR-trained, works with clients aged 13 and up, and is focusing her development on CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing. She is interested in working with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-esteem issues. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano, and listening to podcasts.

Is there anything you would like your future clients to know?

“Therapy doesn’t have to be scary. If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us would benefit from having someone to talk to and process things with. Asking for some extra support is really brave.”

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Luis D., MSW, LMSW

Special training: EMDR, Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care.

Bio: Luis is a mental health therapist who works with adolescents, young adults, and adults to help build resiliency from a strength’s perspective. Luis is driven by the inherent worth and value of each client he serves and aims to work with them from a place of deep compassion and egalitarianism.

What makes the counselor and client relationship special or different than other relationships?

“Having that 1 hour a week to talk openly and freely with someone and not feel judged about your life’s challenges can be transformative.”

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Diana Garcia, MSW, LMSW

Special training: CPT

Bio: I have experience working with children, teens, young adults and families. I have training in working with anxiety, depression, mood disorders and eating disorders.

What makes the counselor and client relationship special or different than other relationships?

“I love seeing individuals make progress with their journey in bettering their life and providing individuals a safe space to do so.”

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Martin Cuevas, MSW, LCSW

Special training: EMDR / DBT / TF-CBT

Bio: As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am driven by a deep passion for helping individuals navigate their inner landscapes, overcome challenges, and discover their true potential for growth and healing. My therapeutic approach is holistic, drawing upon evidence-based techniques from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic therapies. I recognize the importance of tailoring my approach to meet the specific needs and goals of each client, as we are all unique beings with our own stories and experiences.

What would you say to someone who isn’t sure they need therapy/mental health care or are nervous about it?

“I firmly believe that every person has the innate capacity to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life, and I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where my clients can explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences.”