Meet Amber Carsten

My name is Amber Carsten and I provide counseling services at my office, Carsten Counseling Services, PLLC. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s of Science in Community Counseling from John Brown University. I work with adults who experience depression, anxiety, grief, loss, abuse, trauma, self-worth/self-esteem issues, and relationship conflicts. I help couples work through their unmet expectations and lack of communication. I have also spent significant time working specifically with adolescents and their families to help them overcome traumatic experiences, emotional distress, behavioral concerns, and relational difficulties.
Amber has completed an additional 10 months of training to be Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and is a member of EMDRIA.

More About EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. Go to for additional information on EMDR.

Jenne Billings Barr

Jenne Barr is a Masters in Counseling student at John Brown University and an intern at Carsten Counseling. Jenne’s undergraduate degree is in Expressive Therapy including art , music, and dance therapies. After undergraduate she spent 15 years as a teacher and over 25 years as a licensed massage therapist. Jenne is interested in furthering her counseling studies in EMDR therapy and hypnotherapy. She works with clients of all walks of life and ages and is a safe place for LGBTQ and all genders, races and cultures. Jenne has two grown children and a dog named JellyBean and loves to spend time outside in our beautiful Ozarks.

Madeleine Applegate-Gross

All people have the capacity to change and the tools to become their best selves, by their definition. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for my clients where I can guide them along their journeys toward understanding, self-awareness, and acceptance as they become the person they want to be. As a future therapist, I look forward to working alongside my clients to help them reach their goals and well-being. I believe that everyone is deserving of happiness, and all are welcome in my therapeutic space. Currently, I am earning my master’s degree at Counseling Northwestern University. I am an artist, mother of two wonderful dogs, and spend my free time gardening, hiking, and playing video games.

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