Matthew Royster received his Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa. He was licensed by the State of Iowa in Mental Health Counseling in 2006. Matthew received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Campbell University and earned an Honorary Associate’s Degree from St. Anne’s of Oxford University, England.
Matthew’s primary focus of treatment is with children. He is the primary Clinician at Midwest Christian Services. Matthew has over 15 years of experience working with adults and children in the following areas: Sexual Deviancy, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychopathy, Pervasive Cognitive Distortions, and Dysfunctional Behavioral Syndromes. Matthew also incorporates animal-assisted therapy as a treatment intervention with his dog Rosey.
Valorie Royster received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She furthered her education with Capella University and completed courses for counseling. Valorie was licensed in Mental Health Counseling by the State of Iowa in 2009.
She has a history of counseling children, adolescents and adults for the last 15 years and has experience helping individuals address matters related but not limited to: Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Sexuality, Behavioral Disorders, and issues involving Foster Care/Adoption.
Cheryl Ellis received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in December of 2020. She obtained her temporary license from the State of Iowa as a Marriage and Family Therapist (tLMFT) in February 2021 as she continues to pursue permanent licensure (MFT). Cheryl’s undergraduate degree was earned at Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas with a major in Christian Education and a minor in Theatre Arts.
Although new to the role as professional therapist, she has worked with youth and families in various capacities since 2000. She was actively involved in youth ministry while her husband served as youth pastor for 10 years; has been a licensed foster parent for 18 years taking placement of mostly teenaged girls; teaching foster/adoptive pre-service training for almost 20 years; and working as a peer liaison and counselor for both IFAPA (Iowa Foster and Adoptive Association) and the WIC program. Her passion is to help families grow together and while providing therapeutic support for individuals, couples, and families.