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—  WHO WE ARE  —

Find True North Therapy

To find personal and meaningful direction is to find your true north.

Our goal is to help you identify obstacles in your path, gain perspective, and make changes to correct the course.


Meet Amy Kersten


Hello there! My name is Amy and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker! I have worked as a social worker for about 18 years. I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Alaska. As well as completed my Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Maine. I actually met my husband in Alaska, who has been in the military for 22 years, and we have a daughter who is in her first year of college. Our family relocated to Missouri where we have been for the past 5 years! It’s safe to say we have traveled all over.

I have experience working community mental health, educational systems, private practice, and have worked for the military for the past 10 years as well. I have always been a compassionate, accepting, and supportive person, so this field came very easy to me. I believe that an important part of the healing process is having a good therapeutic relationship, so that’s where I come in as your trusty confidant. I believe in a client-centered approach, which involves working with you on identifying and working towards your goals for therapy. That’s right, your treatments are about YOU! I have a background in treating trauma, PTSD, combat trauma, anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, and life transitions. Where ever life takes you, I will have your back.

Feel free to book with me here!


MEET Melissa Bagnall


Hey! My name is Melissa and I am a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker (try saying that 5x fast!) with over 15 years of experience! I was born and raised in the North East and later relocated to Tennessee to complete my undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Memphis. After working for several years in community mental health and foster care, I relocated to Missouri, marrying my husband who is prior active duty military. I attended the University of Missouri to complete my master’s degree in social work with specialization in trauma therapy. Together, my Husband and I have three boys, ages 17, 10, and 3. In my spare time, I enjoys traveling, spending time with my pets, and anything recreational outdoors!

My client-centered approach to therapy, allows me to quickly build rapport through a compassionate and upbeat attitude. I am extremely flexible and easy going, often incorporating various therapeutic techniques based on your needs. I believe that one of the key factors for success in therapy is to set a strong foundation with OUR relationship. At Find True North Therapy, you will notice that both Amy & I are genuine in listening to your stories and problems. We love what we do and we make sure to pass that on to every single one of our Clients. When you book with us, you will always be respected, heard and protected from judgement. I specialize in working with persons who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship conflict, family dynamics, parenting/co-parenting, stress management, ADHD, trauma, and PTSD. I am also trained as an EMDR therapist.

If you would love to know more, please feel free to book with me here. I would be happy to show you the possibilities of a more manageable and happy life. You do not have to do this alone and I am here to guide you!


We all encounter obstacles, in relationships, families, careers, and other personal experiences. Therapy can be an avenue to work through these obstacles. Through a collaborative relationship in therapy, you will understand how your thoughts have been impacting the way you feel and the things you do. You will examine how your past experiences are playing a role in the way you view yourself, others, and the future.

Taking the step to start therapy can feel overwhelming. If you have specific needs or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to answer questions and to assist you in navigating the process of finding the right therapist for you. Treatment is tailored to the individual goals and needs of each client.

We are a team of Licensed Clinical Social Workers with extensive training in evidenced based treatments and 18 years of clinical experience. We are military affiliated and provide military culturally competent treatment.

We welcome all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, political views, or religious affiliation.