Northern Star Counseling, LLC

JenniferJennifer Harp 

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-850

With nearly a decade of experience, Jennifer decided to serve the youth and families of Wyoming in a more personal way by opening her own practice, Northern Star Counseling, llc. Northern Star Counseling specializes in improving the mental wellbeing of adults, youth and families. Jen believes in using an assortment evidence based, effective techniques to help her clients achieve optimum wellness and results. Such techniques include Thought-Field Therapy used to treat trauma memories, cognitive-behavioral restructuring interventions in order to correct irrational and unhealthy thoughts and thus positively influencing behaviors, play therapy to reach children and thorough assessments and evaluations to determine diagnosis. Motivational Interviewing may also be used in order to facilitate clients in realizing their own needed areas for change. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy principles can help clients to regulate their emotions and find balance in their lives. Treatment plans are individually customized to fit each client's unique circumstances. Jen has worked both as a clinician and an administrator in a variety of settings such as residential care and outpatient clinics in the community. Jen believes that the best results are achieved by working closely with families, their support systems and resources in the community.  In addition to directly providing services, Jen works closely with a respected, local psychologist in order to provide a comprehensive range of services and assessments.


  • University of Wyoming   2003 Master's Degree in Counselor Education                                    2001 Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English with a minor in Spanish
    • Areas of Practice
      • Trauma/ Grief and Loss
      • Depression
      • Assertive Communication
      • Anxiety
      • Life Transitions
      • Social Skills Development
      • Erratic Mood Patterns and Bipolar Disorder
      • Assessment and Intervention
      • Self compassion
      • Increased Self Worth
      • Perfectionist tendencies
      • Shame and guilt
      • Conflict resolution at home and work 
      • Divorce

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-

A Wyoming native, Russ was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. After initially moving away from Wyoming to attend college he returned to complete his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming in 2007 with a degree in Social Work.  Following his degree at University of Wyoming, Russ earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

While he was attending college, Russ worked with people with developmental disabilities as well as working at a high school in Casper. After finishing college he helped to begin a program to work with people over the age of 65 with mental health concerns and then worked with people with substance abuse and addiction problems.  After completing his Master’s degree in 2009, Russ served our veterans at the VA hospital here in Cheyenne.  Russ worked with a wide variety of people, helping to ensure a better quality of life for
them and their families. Russ describes his therapy style as eclectic with grounding in cognitive behavioral therapy. 
At home, Russ and his wife are very busy with their two children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with my family, reading, and following the Denver Broncos and English soccer.



  • Colorado State University Master's Degree in Social Work                                                        2007 University of Wyoming Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
    • Areas of Practice
      • Trauma and Grief/Loss
      • Developmental Disabilities
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • LGBT
      • Academic Support and Intervention with Schools
      • Erratic Moods and Bipolar Disorder
      • Marriage and Family Counseling

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Alyson Hinman

I received a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wyoming.  I had my internship experience at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center, where I fostered an interest in treating complex trauma and substance abuse.  I am trained in EMDR therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy and am a licensed Acudetox Specialist. Currently, my interests are using EMDR therapy to treat chronic pain and complex trauma cases. I strongly believe that the well-being of our bodies must be incorporated into mental health treatment if it is to be successful. I enjoy participating in rec league sports, biking, walking my dogs, and playing card games with friends and family in my spare time. 


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Stephanie Kettl was born and raised in Casper, WY.  She attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education/Social Studies and a Minor in Sociology.  She then went on to complete a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education in 2005.  While in graduate school, she worked as an intern for the Albany County Peak Wellness Center Youth and Family Team doing individual, group and family therapy.  She moved to Aurora, Colorado in 2005 where she was a Treatment Coordinator at Excelsior Youth Center, a residential treatment center treating severely at risk adolescent females from around the country.  While at Excelsior, she facilitated individual, group and family therapy, along with canine and equine therapy groups.  After two years, she returned to Wyoming, where she worked on a contract through Wyoming Health Resources Network to help recruit mental health providers to the state of Wyoming.  For the past seven years, she has been a staff therapist at Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne providing adult outpatient mental health services.  Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of Wyoming and is a National Board Certified Counselor.  She has also completed Level I and Level II EMDR training.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking and watching sports.


University of Wyoming: Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education/Social Studies; Minor in Sociology--2003
University of Wyoming: Master of Science in Counselor Education--2005
Areas of Treatment:
Adults and Adolescents
Trauma and Grief
Mood Disorder
Life Transition
Communication and Relationship Skills
Anger Management


amy_bAmy Bobiney


My passion is to support, encourage and empower the people I work with. Whether you are seeking individual, family or child/teen therapy, I bring a supportive, caring and knowledgeable level of care to all. I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative approach in discovering specific emotional and psychological needs. I have a variety of tools and resources that support an individual, family or child/teen goals to reduce and manage symptoms. I have experience working with children, teenagers and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), low self-compassion, stress, life adjustments, reactive attachment disorder (RAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), communication skills, parenting, bullying and self-harming behavior.

I am trained in evidence-based practices including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Repressing (EMDR). When treating anxiety, depression, low self-compassion and self-harming behavior, I utilize DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). For individuals of all ages with trauma, I use Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and EMDR.

I received my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wyoming along with my Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. My career experiences include; a therapist at Peak Wellness Center and a case manager at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, hiking, biking, wake boarding, watching my kids race their dirt bikes, snowboarding, reading and watching movies. If you are ready to make a commitment to bringing positive change in your life, I encourage you to take the first step.


Ashton Hererra

I absolutely love helping others and I have a passion for supporting others where they are currently at. Everyone experiences difficulties in life at some point in time and all individuals deserve to be able to build a trusting relationship with another in which they can feel safe and secure and know that they can be heard in a confidential setting.

I provide in-home and community-based services so that I can not only gather a holistic perspective of how I can help you or your family, but also so that I can make your life a little bit easier by coming to you!

My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, child behavioral issues, life adjustment challenges, and trauma for both individuals and families. Please give me a call for a free initial consultation to decide if we could be a good fit.


Misty Saxon

Misty Saxon

Misty was born and raised in Cheyenne, WY. She attended Regis University for her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. She then attended the University of Phoenix to complete her Master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage, Family and Child therapy. She works with children, adults, families, and couples. Some of the therapy methods she uses are; Family Systems, Couple’s Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Areas of practice; behavior problems, anxiety, social skills, trauma, bullying, self-esteem, depression, LGBTQ, parenting, and healthy relationships. When she is not helping people, she enjoys time with family and friends.

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Jennifer Simpson


Jennifer Simpson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has spent the last 12 years working with youth and families at the community mental health center.  In 2007 she participated in a state sponsored 2 year program to learn to assess and treat children from birth to 5 years old.  Jennifer co created and facilitated a therapeutic playgroup that included parents and children ages 3-5 years . The group was created to help children and parents build relationship through play and also provide parents with resources on how to manage tantrums or other behavioral concerns.  This group was very successful and Jennifer was able to help present the structure and theory behind the group at the Wyoming Association for Play Therapy conference to help other clinicians around the state develop a similar groups. Since that time, Jennifer has worked primary with early childhood using a relationship based approach. She believes in working with the family system and often uses filial play therapy, a technique to teach parents play therapy skills. Jennifer also has experience working with mothers dealing with post partum depression or other anxiety that occurs during pregnancy or after the birth of a new baby. She has provided mental health consultation to other community agencies including Head Start and Stride. Jennifer is also certified in level I and II EMDR and has found success using this approach with children that have experienced trauma. Jennifer is a strong believer in the human animal bond and has been working with a therapy dog, Ava, for the last 7 years.  She is a Cheyenne native that cares about the community and wants to make a positive difference in the lives of children. 


 Mary Carter

Licensed Professional Counselor, M.Ed., LPC

 With over 23 years experience working with individuals, youth, and families, Mary has devoted her life to helping those in need to elevate standards of ego-strength by building on individual accomplishment.  She does this by helping to build support systems, by gathering community resources, and by working closely with family dynamics.  Mary chooses to use a plethora of effective, evidenced based therapeutic techniques, taylored to each individual and situation.  Some of these interventions include CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, that assists with unhelpful or irrational thinking patterns.  Others include DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapeutic interventions, to help in balancing emotions with situations in a person's life.  Mary also utilizes play therapy in helping children discover alternative ways of coping with their worries, process and understand fears, and work through difficult emotions.  Mary has worked in many different settings throughout her career as a Licensed Professional Counselor, including outpatient clinics, schools, residential facilities and private practices.  She and her husband call Wyoming their home and enjoy fishing, hiking, biking and skiing with pets, family and friends as often as possible.

EDUCATION .  University of Mississippi  1993  Master's Degree in Counselor Education;  1991  Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/English


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma/Grief & Loss
  • Social Skills
  • Self-Compassion
  • Women's Issues
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Marriage/Family
  • PTSD
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Blended Family Conflict
  • Child & Family


marleyMarley (Therapy Assistant)

Meet Marley! Northern Star Counseling's therapy dog (in training). He is the sweetest English Bulldog you will meet; he is a great asset to the healing process. Let him assist you in your therapy journey today!