Meet Jennie!    Jennie Wison is a Licenced Professional Counselor, and a child therapist with Step By Step Counseling.  She enjoys working with ages 3-12 and their caregivers.

Jennie is fascinated with how the brain works and how the body and nervous system reacts to day-to-day experiences. She draws from the neuroscience and polyvagal framework and applies it to her therapeutic process.    She believes in neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and heal from traumas, learn new skills, and make positive changes. When working with clients she firmly believes that they are capable of feeling better. She is passionate about the concept of growth mindset! 

Jennie has completed TAC (Training for Adoption Competency) – a 12 month, 72-hour evidence-based program that helps provide competent services for all 3 sides of the adoption triad whether you are coming to her from the perspective of the biological family member, the adoptive parents, or the adoptee. She views working within the adoption triad as an honor. 

Jennie enjoys running groups in the office. She currently runs a parent group, the pre-school play therapy group, and elementary groups. She welcomes office practicum and internship students to co-facilitate groups because she strongly believes in the process.

A few areas of interest are:

  • Adoption or Guardianship Attachment (International, Domestic or Fostercare)
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum (ASD)
  • Sensory Integration
  • Behavioral & Emotional Concerns
  • Mood and Emotional Regulation

Educational Background

Formal education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Masters of Arts in Professional and School Counseling from Lindenwood University 
  • Postgraduate certification in Play Therapy from Mid-America Nazerine

Certifications & Credentials

Fees & Payment Information 


  • Anchor (Intensives) Fees: $350 for 3 hours; $465 for 4 hours; $600 for 5 hours 
  • Parent Coaching: Not covered by insurance
  • SSP:  Not covered by insurance
  • RPTs Consultation for RPT or SB-RPT credential, 35 hrs are needed
    • $80 for 2 hr group consultation  
    • $125/hr for individual consultation
  • LPC Licensure supervision weekly is required
    • $100/week 
  • EMDR Consultation 20 hrs are needed
    • $125/hr 
  • Business coaching $150/hr 


  • In network with some commercial insurance plans (Aetna, UHC, UMR) 
  • In network with some Medicaid plans 


Availability and Location


  • 7:30-4:00  (Monday-Friday) for individual appointments, she prefers weekly or every other week committment from clients and their families
  • Late afternoon and Saturday mornings for groups


Get to know Jennie!

Outside of the office Jennie enjoys spending time with her husband and 5 children. Jennie is a foster/adopt parent in the state of Missouri and enjoys connecting with the foster & adoptive community both professionally and personally.  Many families report they run into her at the park, community events, and city sporting events. While she didn’t inherit a green thumb from her grandfather, she carries on the tradition of gardening and enjoys planting veggies and flowers each spring with her children. If you ask, she loves sharing what she’s growing or attempting to grow each summer.  She welcomes all gardening advice!

In 2016 Jennie won the Katherine Boone Outstanding Play Therapist Award. She’s grateful for such a wonderful play therapy community of colleagues across the state of Missouri. 

In 2021 Jennie was nominated and won C.A.S.E’s 2021 TAC Star of Adoption. (Click on that link to learn more!)   The Center for Adoption Support and Education provides this award for clinicians who have an “eye towards the future of adoption competent therapy and practice these values first hand…” and use their experience “…to transform their practice and better serve adoptive, foster, and kinship families.” 

Work with Jennie!

Jennie can be described as high energy and knowledgeable.  Her client’s parents have reported that she is welcoming and professional, as well as honest with her feedback. Clients can expect for sessions to start on time, end on time and always have a safe space to address concerns that they might have.    Many of her clients appreciate her generosity in lending out books or resources she has in her office. They have also appreciated that she will accept the request for a parent session anytime that it’s requested. 

Please note: She does not have any afterschool or evening availability outside of her groups. If you are interested in working with her, please schedule through our online form.