About Us


Since 1981, Behavior Management Associates has provided Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northwest Oklahoma with high quality diversified professional mental health services.  Click here for more about Our Services.


Douglas Brooks, Ph.D., Psychologist is the founder of Behavior Management Associates.  He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has specialties in Clinical Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  Dr. Brooks has a general practice with special interests in the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma related disorders.  He also provides specific programs for the treatment of insomnia and chronic pain.  Dr. Brooks primarily utilizes the therapeutic techniques of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Hypnosis, and Psychodynamic Therapy.


Lindsey Brooks, Psy.D., Psychologist, is a graduate of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Brooks treats children, adolescents, adults, and families.  She also performs Psychological, Educational, and ADHD evaluations. Though she has a general practice, she has a special interest in childhood behavior problems, trauma, and mood and anxiety disorders.


Jerry Walker, Ed.S, Licensed Professional Counselor, is a graduate of Pittsburg State University.  He is a retired high school counselor and coach.  Mr. Walker uses Christian principles and works with individuals, couples, and families.


Vickie Cupp, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a graduate of Missouri State University and is currently providing mental health therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Her professional experience, including three years as a college instructor,includes a seventeen-year history of working in hospitals to assist families with medical emotional crisis.  She has worked assisting families with adoption processes both internationally and domestically.  She is a generalist who uses a Strengths Based approach to aide her clients in overcoming negative perceptions and behaviors.

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Eric Copeland, Psy.D., Psychologist, graduated with Academic Distinction from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2011. Dr. Copeland provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapy services to adults, adolescents, and school-age children. He highly emphasizes the development of a strong therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and understanding. He views the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship as instrumental in driving the development of insight and positive change. Regularly utilized assessment and therapy techniques include: objective and projective testing procedures, Psychodynamic (primarily Jungian and Adlerian) theory, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. He frequently combines these approaches in a patient-centered manner in order to individualize treatment. Although he has a general practice, Dr. Copeland has special interests and experience in the evaluation and treatment of transient psychotic symptoms and severe and persistent mental illness (e.g. Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder) in a manner that promotes deeper understanding and healthy adaptation of the often crippling symptoms of these illnesses.

Kari Petersen, LMSW is a graduate of Missouri State University.  Kari has 14 years of professional experience as a classroom teacher in Omaha Nebraska and Joplin Missouri.  She is a certified teacher in the state of Missouri with endorsements in Elementary Education (K-8), Special Education Mild/Moderate (K-12) and Middle School Science (5-9).  Kari specializes in school-aged children and adolescents, particularly those with IEPs and 504 plans.  She also provides support and therapy to families of all types.  Kari is an adoptive parent, has  been a foster parent and has experience with the Missouri Juvenile Justice system.  Kari utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Stacia Gilstrap, MS PLPC, graduated from Missouri State University in 2020 with a Master’s degree in Counseling. She has 15 years of experience in mental health and social work, including work with individuals with developmental disabilities, support groups and addiction recovery, crisis services, and community outreach. She facilitates individual, couple, and family therapy utilizing a variety of approaches based on the client’s needs. These include person-centered, behavioral, and systemic approaches.