Stand Up Meeting

The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas (MHA) has been providing a full range of mental and community health services to south central Kansas since 1957. In 2007, we opened the Counseling Center @ MHA to clients in the greater Wichita area — offering them a wide range of counseling and psychological services to guide them through life’s challenges and most trying times. We care about your well-being and strive to provide you all the tools you need in order to seize the day .

Stand Up Meeting

Mission and Vision


The Mission of the Mental Health Association is to empower and assist youth, families and adults in our community to achieve optimal mental health and wellness through education, advocacy, and service.


Our Vision is achievement of a just, humane, and healthy society where all people are treated with respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.

Our Staff

Shawna Allen

Senior Director of Outpatient and Addiction Services

Shawna worked in the early childhood education field for 7 years and then transitioned into case management with children for 4 years in the Mental Health field.  Shawna then took a position working with the homeless who were identified to have mental illness and substance abuse.  Shawna has worked with the co-occurring population for the past 8 years.  She has also specialized in traumatic brain injuries and crisis intervention.  After graduating from Newman University with her Master’s in Social Work, Shawna took a position with the Mental Health Association as the Program Director of the Substance Abuse program, and then in 2017 moved to the Senior Director of Outpatient & Addiction services.  

Chyncia Howard, LMSW, LMAC

Chyncia began her career in early childhood where she advocated for children with special needs and provided fresh ideas to parents who were challenged by the behaviors of their children.  She attended the University of Illinois at Springfield where she received her Bachelor of Social Work degree.  Chyncia was given the opportunity to work with families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.  Chyncia received her Master of Social Work degree from Newman University.  She began providing counseling to children in foster care and resource families regarding moves, grief, separation, and loss issues related to adoption.  Chyncia has worked to provide therapy and substance therapeutic strategies to help family members health family relationship that have been injured by addictive behaviors.

Jeanette Swindler

uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT and Solution Focus strategies with her clients. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Biblical Studies from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace University.

Brennen Smith, LMFT

Brennen graduated from Friends University with a master’s degree in Family Therapy. Brennen began his work in the mental health field working with individuals struggling with chronic homelessness and substance use.  He has knowledge in Autism, developmental disabilities, marriage and family therapy, and substance use. Brennen is trained in sand tray therapy and is certified in the Prepare/Enrich program in order to do marital, pre-marital, and relationship counseling. Brennen works to find sources of strength and hope in clients to invigorate a striving towards a meaningful life because he believes all humans have a unique potential for growth, given the right circumstances. 

Michael Brewer

Clinical Director of Outpatient and Addiction Services

Dually-licensed as a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Michael has over 17 years’ experience in the mental health and addictions treatment and is a member of the clinical adjunct faculty of the Master of Science in Family Therapy Program at Friends University. He is dedicated to working with individuals, couples, and families to achieve a higher level of functioning during difficult times. Michael has a Master of Science in Family Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Friends University. 

Dr. Gloria Hegge, LSCSW 

Gloria graduated from Case Westsern Reserve University (Cleaveland, OH) with a Ph.D in Social Work, and taught in the MSW program at Newman University for 17 years, where she also was Director of the School of Social Work for 3 years. Previous to teaching at NU, Gloria worked at COMCARE-Community Support Services, where she provided individual and group psychotherapy for clients with a severe and persistent mental illness. In her psychotherapy, Gloria uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Acceptance-Commitment Therapy, and teaches Mindfulness Skills and Relaxation Skills.

Cynthia Johnson, LMSW

Cynthia earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Newman University in Wichita, KS  Cynthia is also a Registered Nurse, and enjoys the unique skill set which her combined degrees offer.  She has also supported children, adults, and working professionals who may be struggling with new or ongoing mental conditions, and supports them therapeutically, as well as with community resources to assist in their overall personal and family needs.  Cynthia uses a variety of therapeutic skills to assist her clients, including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Client Centered and Strengths Based Therapy.   Cynthia feels partnership and working together in a therapeutic relationship can be powerful in helping individuals be successful in moving forward in life.

Dione Pompa, MS, LPC

Dione holds two Masters Degrees from Emporia State University in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy Counseling.  She has worked with a variety of populations such as severe and persistent mental illnesses, children, adolescents, and incarcerated individuals. Dione has experience working with individuals and groups.  Dione enjoys using an integrative therapeutic approach, including techniques from Person-centered therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Positive Psychology.  She often pairs these approaches with Art Therapy directives to allow for further self-expression and discovery.  Using this integrative counseling theory, she helps empower clients to meet set goals, increase self-confidence, and find independence to continue personal growth. 

Meagan Alcorn, LAC
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Sydney Reeves, LMFT -T

Sydney is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, where she earned a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has two years of experience in addiction treatment and enjoys working with families and couples. 

Sydney utilizes art and play therapy to help clients explore how their experiences and family system influence their mental health. Sydney has experience working with individuals and families learning to cope with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grief, low self-esteem, parenting, and family and relational conflict.

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Kaitlyn Gorton, LMFT-T

Kaitlyn Gorton, earned her Bachelor’s in Counseling with an emphasis in Addiction Studies from Newman University. She then earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. Kaitlyn has been trained to work with individuals, couples, and families. She has received training in Gottman Level 1 and plans on continuing on with it as well as furthering her education in other areas. Kaitlyn views treatment through an attachment lens. She believes in making the client feel at ease and comfortable so they can explore and expand on challenging areas in their life.

Kaitlyn Gorton, LMFT-T

Kaitlyn Gorton, earned her Bachelor’s in Counseling with an emphasis in Addiction Studies from Newman University. She then earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. Kaitlyn has been trained to work with individuals, couples, and families. She has received training in Gottman Level 1 and plans on continuing on with it as well as furthering her education in other areas. Kaitlyn views treatment through an attachment lens. She believes in making the client feel at ease and comfortable so they can explore and expand on challenging areas in their life.

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Meagan Waltner, LMSW

Meagan Waltner, LMSW graduated with a Master's degree in Social Work from Wichita State University.  Meagan has worked to provide services to children and families for the last 8 years. She is interested in helping children and families identify their strengths to help overcome their issues and succeed.

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Stacey Rodriguez, LSCSW

Stacey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working with children, adults and families in a variety of settings for more than 20 years. Stacey has provided counseling services for Newman University students/athletes for the past 10 years. She has been a family educator, provided children of divorce training, and also worked as a social worker. Stacey believes strongly in the sanctity of marriage and the family unit, and she works hard to preserve those relationships. She believes individuals have value and worth, and she strives to help them reach their full potential. Stacey has extensive experience providing individual, family and relationship counseling to those who want to overcome depression, anxiety, parenting, behavioral, anger management, grief, adolescent, ADHD, relationship and life issues.

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Karmeleta Burnett, LAC

Karmeleta attended Butler Community College graduating with an Associate of Arts degree 1996. She then obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Management in 2000 with an emphasis in Computer Science. After college, Karmeleta Burnett completed the certification program at Butler Community College and received her certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor in 2001. Karmeleta has worked in the field(s) of Corrections and Social & Human Services for many years. 

Marissa Ingle, LMFT-T

Marissa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University and a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University. Marissa is also an Air Force Veteran and has always held a passion for caring for others with a decade of a career in the medical field.  Marissa works through a trauma-informed lens and has evolved a strong skill set in working with grief, trauma, PTSD, substance related disorders, and more. Marissa enjoys working collaboratively with clients to help them find their own strengths and unique abilities in an effort to achieve a more fulfilling and enriched life. Marissa is skilled in multiple approaches to therapy including multigenerational family systems, contextual factors, cognitive/behavioral work, and at the end of the day listening to a good old fashion story. 

Amanda Jackson, LMFT-T

Amanda received her bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Wichita State. Followed by a master’s degree in Family Therapy from Friends University. Amanda has held various roles in the mental health field, from inpatient hospital to children’s case management. Amanda is trained to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of contexts, has received additional training in Play Therapy basics and Gottman Level 1 for couples, and anticipates receiving further training in other areas. Amanda believes there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment and works to come alongside with what the client needs, providing a safe space where clients feel empowered to work, develop, and grow the skills they need to overcome life’s many challenges.