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MEET THE TEAM

At Hope's Beacon, our team of highly skilled and experienced providers has our patients’ best interests
and wellbeing at heart. Meet the people running our welcoming center, and schedule an appointment today.

The Owner

Stephanie McMackin, MSW, LCSW

I truly love people and am passionate about helping others find ways unique to them to heal, grow, and become more content and happier in their lives.  I grew up living on cattle ranches in rural southeast Wyoming where I learned the importance of caring for all living beings, even when, and especially when, the conditions are the worst.  It is also where I began to become a “make a way, find a way” kind of woman, as my family often had to be creative with limited resources to ensure every animal, and human, had what they needed to be healthy and safe.

 

Additionally, I have been shaped by the varied experiences of my first career: banking.  I learned many
invaluable lessons regarding the importance of people and relationships.  I also learned how to be introspective
and reflective to gain invaluable insights from every experience, so I was able to grow and begin to become
the person I am meant to be.  It was also where I was fortunate enough to begin to discover my true passion;
helping individuals realize and celebrate the incredible miracle they are regardless of past choices, behavior,
or experiences, especially those they may regret or feel shame about.  “What lies behind us and what lies
ahead of us are tiny matters to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I am married to a wonderful man who keeps me laughing and we have a beautiful, amazing
adult daughter and two ginger-haired fur-babies who are incredibly spoiled!

 

I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Psychology degree and then
continued to earn my Master of Social Work.  My specialty areas are depression, anxiety, women’s
issues, trauma, domestic abuse, couples, and family counseling.

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Maria Velasco, MSW, PCSW

Hello!  I am a Wyoming native and second-generation American.  I served on the board of Juntos Wyoming for two years and was a member from 2017 to early 2022.  I have two dogs, Zeke and Kiwi, and three cats, Banana, Mango, and Blueberry.  I enjoy reading, eating food (especially Asian-style food), and spending time with my loved ones.

 

My pronouns are she/her.  I specialize in working with the LGBTQ+ community.  I strive to provide a warm and affirming space for you to explore your perspectives, values, feelings and to build resiliency.  I work with children over 8 years old, adolescents, young adults, and families.  I have a considerable background working with trauma, emotional regulation, relationship issues, divorce, and pandemic-related stress.  I primarily use dialectal behavior therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and internal family systems.  I aim to prioritize BIPOC mental health and focus on how the systems and barriers around us can create mental health issues.  “How do you know that you’re healing?  I could have spent the entire day angry about this.  Instead, I don’t allow my problems to speak when my peace has so much more to say.” – Rudy Francisco

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Kai-Ley Wilson Herb, MSW, PCSW

I am Wyoming born and raised.  I graduated from the University of Wyoming with my undergraduate
in Social Work.  I received my Masters from the University of New England with a focus in Trauma-Informed
Clinical Practice.  I love to travel the world and am at home in the wilderness.  I am always up for an adventure
and am just as happy to hang out on the couch or do a home project.  I have an amazing family and husband
that has a lot of patience with my ever-changing hobbies.

 

I have worked with individuals, families, and at-risk adolescents for over a decade.  I use a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Intervention, Harm Reduction, and Grief and Loss.  I strive to have a client-centered practice and honoring the unique experiences of the individual through a strengths-based perspective.  My eclectic approach allows me to be flexible in the therapeutic environment to best serve others.  “The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no one recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung

 

My specialty areas are depression, grief, men’s issues, trauma and PTSD.  I enjoy working with teens and adults.

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