Our Practice


To find personal and meaningful direction is to find your True North.

Welcome to Find True North Therapy, conveniently located in Waynesville, MO. We are a team of Licensed Clinical Social Workers with extensive training in evidenced based treatments. We are military affiliated and provide military culturally competent treatment.

At Find True North Therapy, you will notice that we are genuine in listening to your concerns and will work with you to find solutions. We love what we do and we make sure to pass that on to every single one of our clients. You will find that we are here to help you make real change, allowing you to feel heard, respected, and protected from judgement.

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

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


Amy Kersten, LCSW

My name is Amy and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18 years of clinical experience. 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.

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 in a client-centered approach, which involves working with you on identifying and working towards your goals for therapy. I have a background in treating trauma, PTSD, combat trauma, anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, and life transitions.

Feel free to book with me here!

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Melissa Bagnall, LCSW, BCD

My name is Melissa and I am a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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. I have three boys, ages 17, 10, and 4. I enjoy traveling, spending time with pets, and recreational time outdoors. At times, you can find me engaged in experiential based therapy with various groups, working on rope courses, white water rafting, kayaking, and pushing outside of my comfort zone.

I have a client-centered approach to therapy, meeting you where you are at, with compassion and encouragement. I believe in helping others to live authentically, free from judgement, and developing value driven behaviors that lead to increased peace of mind. I specialize in working with with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, relationship conflict, family dynamics, parenting/co-parenting, stress management, ADHD, trauma, and PTSD. I am trained as an EMDR therapist in addition to other treatment modalities.

If would like more information 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.

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.