MA, MS, Professional Counselor, Executive coach
The major component of Brian’s job as owner and CEO is to assure the people that use our services experience professional care from a biblical world view. His focus as a professional counselor is predominantly on marriage and men’s issues. He provides a place to talk about these issues and works hard to offer resources that will give assistance using his training and experience.
What brought you to CCS? Diana and my vision was to start a counseling agency where people didn’t have to check their faith at the door.
Best book you read in the past year? Love Works by Joel Manby
Favorite band? Bachman Turner Overdrive because they are Canadian, they bring back great memories of my youth and they inspire me to be Taking Care of Business.
What is one thing on your bucket list? To travel extensively in Europe.
Favorite word? Abbreviation – I am intrigued why it is so long.
What is your biggest challenge? To transition from what has been successful in my life and making it significant after my life.
John Opalka is a licensed professional counselor with a background working with youth, families, and young adults. His experiences have brought him into schools, churches and group homes where he worked, taught, and volunteered.
What brought you to CCS? A good friend of mine from school was doing his internship and he told me about it, I then completed my internship here and the rest is history. I felt that CCS was a place I could grow in my passion for helping people. CCS’s phrase was in line with why I got into counseling in the first place: Life is hard…Help is near.
What is one thing on your bucket list? I would love to travel to Australia! Hiking and/or camping in the outback experiencing the country would be an amazing experience. G’day mate!!
What is one of your proudest moments? I think completing my master’s degree was the proudest moment for me. School was always a challenge and obtaining an advanced degree proved that if something was important enough to me, I could accomplish it.
Best book you have read in the last year? It would have to be The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. It was a challenge and motivator for me to not take for granted the things that God has entrusted me with. To live a life being a good steward of what I have and the opportunities that are presented to me.
Favorite band? I actually don’t have a favorite band, but people make fun of me for the vast and eclectic variety of music I like to listen to.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? That I am a huge car fan. I get car magazines, like to go to car shows and could tell you the make, model, engine size and other random information about most cars I see.
MEd, MA, LPC
Before coming to Springfield, Betty and her husband, Bob owned and operated Ennis Oil Company Inc. for 25 years in St. Clair, MO. The past 10 years, her career focus has been in education and counseling. Before receiving her Missouri State Licensure, she was a classroom teacher and provided professional development for multiple Missouri school districts. She continues to work closely with schools regarding behavior issues and bully prevention. Betty has experience with both individual and marriage counseling, also children- all ages. Betty and Bob have two children, one granddaughter and a granddog.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? I like to weave baskets. However, my schedule has not allowed me to do so in the past couple of years. The woman that taught me to weave baskets told the story that no two hand woven baskets are the same. Each one is unique. For mine, it is a missed row or skipped loop- but this reminds me that what looks like a mistake in our eyes is a unique feature in God’s. When we are weak, He is strong.
Best book you have read in the past year? This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti. I have made a habit of reading them every couple of years since they came out in the late 80’s. They are fiction, but their story reminds of spiritual warfare which is reality.
What is one of your proudest moments? I have two- my children.
What is your favorite word? Serendipity – I like to say it. One definition is ‘an unexpected happy accident’. I would like to reword that definition to say, ‘God’s happy surprise’.
What is your idea of a perfect day? It starts with good coffee on the front porch while sitting in my yellow rocker. In the evening, there is iced tea on the front porch while sitting in my yellow rocker.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a weather lady on TV. I would draw, color and cut out clouds, sunshine and lightening bolts. I put tape on the back so they would stick to the wall and forecast the weather for my dog. I still am a huge fan of tracking weather. No wonder, one of my favorite scriptures is “ To everything there is a season” Ecclesiastes 3:1
MS, Life Coach
Brock Frizzell is a CIT -- with a masters in clinical mental health counseling, a bachelors in psychology and religion studies and is a certified life coach.
Brock's passion for counseling ignited when he began to experience the freedom associated with self awareness and self acceptance. With a strong faith based upbringing, Brock has a deep desire to help men and women of all ages gain their own personal freedoms from life's struggles. Brock is passionate about creating a guilt free environment and an open forum for any and all discussions.
Through one-on-one counseling or group sessions, Brock uses take-home tools and day-to-day life applications.
Brock specializes in men's issues, relationship counseling, divorce recovery and/or preparation, pornography use and addiction, sex addiction, career balance, finding significance, depression, anxiety and more!
Life Coach, Owner
Diana is Brian Frizzell’s wife and part owner. Her job is to serve as the administrator; she is the head over policies and procedures, processing insurance, advertising, marketing, human resources, and scheduling.
Favorite band? I like all kinds of music; here are my top three favorite: Bee Gee’s, Adele, and Michael Jackson.
What is one thing on your bucket list? Go to Paris
What is your favorite word? Perfect, I just think it’s the perfect word?
What’s your idea of a perfect day? A perfect day for me is being at the beach with my sweetie and a good book.
What is your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is to keep quiet as our three boys are now young men as I try only to give advice as they ask. This is not often.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was in high school I wanted to be a stewardess, to be able to meet all kinds of people and see the world.
MA, LPC, NCC
Cortney is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology in Education and is Board Certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Her counseling experience includes male and female individuals, couples, families, and groups for a variety of issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Cortney’s primary counseling emphasis at CCS is to help women achieve restoration, wholeness and victory, in response to the stresses and troubles of life. She uses a Christ-Centered directive approach in this process of navigating each unique issue for success in living life more abundantly.
Though you have a passion to help High School/College age girls and women of all ages, do you counsel others at CCS? Yes, I also counsel couples and families involved in the women’s lives I have the pleasure of working with when needed. Due to my counseling experience helping all populations with a variety of issues, there are others I counsel as well when requested.
Why do you love what you do? It is a privilege that people allow me to speak into their lives and be a part of their journey to success. Life can be very difficult and I have mentors that speak into my life too – we are all helping each other; the Lord says, “Without good direction people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” Proverbs 11:14
What is your ideal vacation? Traveling some place new. I enjoy exploring the beauty, culture, history, shops and food in cities both in the U.S. and abroad. The furthest place I have been is Israel. My favorite state to visit is my home state of California, large enough to always explore some place new.
Jada Dooling is an Accredited Financial Counselor Candidate. Her focus is to bring financial education to young adults, couples, and families through one-on-one sessions that will address their financial concerns and in return provide some guidance on how they can make goal-oriented financial decisions.
What brought you to CCS? I’ve known Brian and Diana Frizzel for years and when I was ready to make the transition into Financial Counseling I knew that CCS would be a great place to call home.
What is one thing on your bucket list? There are so many - but my #1 bucket list item is Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in Australia.
Best book you have read in the last year? Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This is an autobiography about a boy who had the odds stacked against him in every way, but he was able to envision a dream for himself and he worked hard and achieved his dream and so much more.
Favorite band? I am terrible with knowing who sings what - I have two young boys so for the past year we’ve been listening to the Sing and Trolls soundtrack. When I do get to listen - I love acoustic guitar and any song where the singer really belts it out.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?: When I was in high school I wanted to be an Orthodontist. I toured the dental school at UMKC and realized I would have to learn how to extract teeth - needless to say my career path changed in an instant.