Our Staff

Our clinical staff represents a variety of disciplines including psychology and social work.  They have experience in the fields of individual, marital, family and group therapy for a wide variety of issues.  The clinical staff consults with your primary care physician or psychiatrist when necessary to facilitate your care.  Our office staff will be happy to assist you in scheduling appointments and answering your questions.


Barrie Mariner Arachtingi, Ph.D.

“Dr. Barrie” is a licensed psychologist and currently the Executive Director of CPS.  She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas, her M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin, and a BSW from the University of Minnesota.  She works with adults and adolescents, families, and couples.

Primary areas for psychotherapy interest include the journey through mid-life, which includes the resolution of past issues while seeking spiritual connection, sense of purpose and passion.  She also works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, ADHD, chronic illness, and managing pressures associated with balancing work and motherhood.  She enjoys assisting individuals with finding their strengths and accepting themselves for who they are, not for who they think they should be.  Dr. Barrie also believes that spirituality for people should be a place of comfort and peace and she appreciates the opportunities associated with assisting people find freedom in their spiritual life.

In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Barrie specializes in the area of psychodiagnostic assessment in which psychological tests are utilized for diagnostic clarification for children and adults.  She performs these services to assist with the therapeutic process and to provide treatment direction for clinicians and physicians.

Dr. Barrie is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Kansas and has taught doctoral level practicum and psychodiagnostic assessment to doctoral students in the Psychology Research and Education Department.  Dr. Barrie joined Comfort the Children International in 2008 to assist in creating sustainable change in Kenya and is currently the President of the Board of Directors.  She has been with CPS since 1991 and has enjoyed the years assisting the agency through changes and growth.

Paul Cox, LSCSW

Paul Cox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a clinical therapist since 1980. He has been fortunate to have gained expertise with all age groups. He enjoys working with children and adolescents, having a great deal of experience with ADHD and oppositional behavior. Paul is also knowledgeable and experienced with adults, couples and family therapy, focusing on healing and resolution of life issues. Paul follows the belief that the Holy Spirit can direct our souls on the path to healing and emotional well-being.

Kristine McIver Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas in 2001, following a business career. She holds a BBA in Accounting and a MA in Clinical Psychology, both from Washburn University. Kris joined the CPS staff in 2000 and feels blessed to be part of an agency where she can facilitate God’s grace and meet people where they are spiritually. She enjoys working with adults, couples and families across a variety of clinical issues. Areas of concentration include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in adults, depression, anxiety, grief, premarital counseling, and interpersonal relationship difficulties. Kris is available in both the Lawrence and Topeka offices. She and her husband are parents of a college-age daughter and a high school-age son.

Verdell Taylor, Jr., MS

Rev. Verdell Taylor, Jr. is a native of Leavenworth, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1968 and a Master of Science in Counseling in 1972 from Emporia State University. He has been with Christian Psychological Services since 1996. He enjoys working with all people and helping them reach spiritual fulfillment. Verdell has a special interest in working with adolescents and couples. He has been ordained as a pastor since 1980, and he has been the pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. church in Lawrence since 1995. He is married, and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Kristin Teasdale, Ph.D.

Dr. Kristin Teasdale received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas and graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. At both of these schools, she studied behaviors that contribute to happy, healthy individuals and relationships. She enjoys the challenge of applying this knowledge both within a therapeutic realm and as a mom at home.

In the therapy setting, Dr. Teasdale sees adults, adolescents, children, and couples. She believes in the power of a hopeful, nonjudgmental healing environment, where clients can feel comfortable even when addressing difficult issues. She works largely from cognitive behavioral and positive psychology approaches, helping people develop their own strengths to make positive changes in their lives. She also is trained in EMDR (Level 2; EMDRIA). Typical concerns addressed include: depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress (PTSD), relationship/family issues, self-esteem, attention deficits, loss, and life transitions. In addition, Dr. Teasdale offers testing to address questions about potential ADD/ADHD or mood disorder diagnoses.

Dr. Teasdale is grateful to be working with the CPS family, where she can find humor, support, faith, and wisdom on a daily basis.


Laura VanSickle-Deavours, MA

Laura is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist.  She received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and her B.A. in psychology from Grinnell College.  She has a certificate of training in treating eating disorders from National Louis University.  She spent her first decade as a therapist in the Chicago area working at a center serving sexual abuse survivors; at a day treatment school for children with behavioral, emotional, and autism spectrum disorders; and as the director of a university counseling and health center.   Laura first joined the CPS staff in 2002, with a hiatus from 2009-2014, during which time she worked at a Community Health Center.

Laura rejoined CPS in early 2015 and is currently seeing children, adolescents, college students, adults, families, and couples.  She works with a wide variety of issues including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, grief, emotion management, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and relationship issues.  Areas of special interest are eating disorders, self-injury, anxiety in children and adolescents, post traumatic stress disorder,  caregivers & service providers experiencing secondary trauma, and parents stressed from caring for kids with special challenges.  She has an interest in the overlap of the tools and strategies of occupational therapy and psychotherapy in providing emotional and sensory regulation for all ages.  She is currently learning about helping children and adolescents with executive skills deficits, such as those with ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and learning disorders.   Helping clients who desire to integrate their faith in the healing process is a strength and joy for Laura.

Laura and her husband have a tween, teen, 2 cats, a dog, and a guinea pig.  She has experienced the highs and lows of being a homeschooling parent for 7 years.  Volunteering with Family Promise of Lawrence (FPL) in providing psycho-educational training for staff and volunteers, facilitating staff retreats, and leading the FPL Prayer Network are passions of Laura’s.


Valerie Ogborn, Ph.D

Dr. Valerie Ogborn earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and a BA in psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She works with adults, college-age students, adolescents, and families.

Dr. Ogborn primarily practices from a cognitive behavioral perspective and she works with individuals who may struggle with anxiety, depression, mood-related disorders, emotion regulation, grief, adjustment issues, assertiveness, interpersonal problems, trauma-related concerns including post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. Additionally, she been trained and has a special interest in health psychology in which she addresses concerns at the intersection of physical and mental health. This may include stress or other emotional difficulties associated with a range of medical illnesses. Dr. Ogborn also has a strong interest in treating sleep-related problems such as insomnia through behavioral techniques.

Dr. Ogborn is available to conduct psychodiagnostic and/or cognitive testing.

Additionally, Dr. Ogborn has a strong personal yoga practice to help facilitate spiritual connection, awareness, and balance in daily life. She likes to share this passion during therapy sessions through incorporating breathing and mindfulness techniques to help facilitate growth and progress in psychotherapy.



Jennifer Dix – Board President
Steve Flory – Vice Presidnet
Glen Mack Harnden, Ph.D. – Founder – Secretary / Treasurer
Rodge Moore