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The staff at Encouraging Hope Counseling Welcomes you

Loving Yourself is the First Step to Healing

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About Us

Here at Encouraging Hope Counseling, we approach every client with an open mind and never make any assumptions about your life experiences. Every individual faces unique challenges and needs to work on themselves at their own pace and we’re here to help you along your own distinct journey towards acceptance. Our practice features trained and experienced counselors who specialize in treating individuals, couples and families. Each of our counselors has a unique specialty to meet the needs of people that come to see us. Through therapy, there is always a way to address the issues you face and to learn coping skills to help you now and in the future. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.

Meet Our Counselors


Elizabeth Shine


Hello, I am Elizabeth Shine, and I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your own story. Many people have not been in therapy and do not know what to expect. I can reassure you that therapy is not painful and can be a rewarding experience. Since graduating in 2012 with my Master’s degree in Counseling I’ve been working with individuals, couples, and families addressing an array of different issues. I specialize in Trauma and Grief therapy using EMDR and CPT, and while working with me, my clients will get to know me just as much as I know them. Therapy sessions with me will not be one-sided conversations with little interaction, but a deep real conversation with a real person who also sees you as a real person. I know calling a therapist can be intimidating, but I hope you can take a deep breath, and call to see how I can help.

Lindsey Pautler


Hello, my name is Lindsey Pautler and I am a counselor here at Encouraging Hope Counseling! I am excited to announce I will be starting my journey to becoming a Certified Play Therapist April 28-29, 2023. I am looking forward to working with children to enhance the skills I will be learning. This will be a great addition to already working with various mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, and many others. I offer targeted psychotherapy methods and research based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to guide individuals on a self-discovery journey to feeling better and learning effective ways of coping with diverse situations. Call today to see how I can help you.


Melissa Eaton

Counseling Intern

Hello! My name is Melissa Eaton, and I am a graduate student working towards my master’s degree in clinical mental health at Lindenwood University. While obtaining my degree at Lindenwood University, I will be working as a counseling intern here at Encouraging Hope Counseling, LLC, seeing clients who can not afford to pay for counseling out of pocket. I have experience working with children who have social emotional needs, and also those who have experienced childhood trauma. During our sessions together I will use talk therapy to help you process and work through your thoughts, emotions, and trauma. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to express their life experiences in a safe environment, I look forward to being that safe place for you. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.


Office Hours

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Friday:      12pm to 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: By Appointment Only
Closed on Holidays

Encouraging Hope Counseling, Welcomes You

Quality Care You Can Count On

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