Our team is comprised of psychologists and licensed counselors from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of life experiences.

All service providers are professing Christians, professionally trained and accredited in their field, practicing in accordance with state licensing laws and regulations.  As compassionate, non-judgmental professionals, we offer a multidisciplinary approach based on sound psychological principles. We respect the beliefs and values of others and welcome all those who seek help.

At times our team is augmented by counseling interns completing final requirements for state licensure. Interns allow us to provide reduced-fee counseling for those who can benefit from such services.

Interns are closely supervised and are held to the same ethical and professional standards as licensed counselors.

Our team provides counseling services to adults, adolescents, and children. In addition to individual counseling, we offer premarital counseling, couples counseling, family therapy, and psychological testing and evaluation. We also provide training to church staff members and lay leaders on such topics as effective communication; successful conflict resolution; caring for the bereaved; and issues and ethics for those in the helping professions.


Dr Debbie Cherry

Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author, and speaker. She is the Co-owner, with her husband, and Chief Psychologist of Eaglecrest Counseling Center, Inc. in Springfield, Missouri.

Dr Jim dela Motte

Jim is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Jim finished his residency in 1997 and recieved a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.

Leanna Griffin

Leanna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been with us since 2004. She received her undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University and her Masters degree in counseling from Missouri State University.

Linda Britt

Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 15 years’ experience. Prior to joining Eaglecrest Counseling, she was the co-founder and director of Foothills Christian Counseling in Maryville, TN. She has also worked in a residential hospice setting, taught communication in community colleges, and conducted corporate communication and team-building seminars.


Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Professional School Counselor.  She has worked as a School Counselor since 2004 and part-time LPC at Eaglecrest Counseling Center since 2015.  Her undergraduate degree is in business education from the University of Oklahoma, and her master’s degree is in community counseling from the University of Nebraska.

Joann Weston

Joann is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master’s Degree in counseling in 2013 from Missouri Baptist University. She has an undergraduate in Social Work from the University of Missouri- St. Louis.

Dr. Billy Russell is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, and a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol Drug Counselor. He is dually trained in Counseling and Pastoral Ministry.


Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lauren previously worked for 13 years as a Professional School Counselor.


Kelli is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University in 2016 and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Evangel University in 2018.

Support Staff

Jim Cherry

Jim Cherry

Office Manager

Mr. Cherry has his Bachelors Degree in marketing and management and has been the office manager of Eaglecrest since its beginning. He also provides financial counseling to clients who may need it.