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W.K. BoyceW.K. Boyce, MMFT LPC CDAPA

"The finest compliment I could ever receive is a referral from my friends and clients"

Born in Midland, Texas, W.K. is the brother to three sisters, one older and two younger. Growing up, he lived with his parents and sisters down the street from his paternal grandmother, who influenced him greatly with a love of God and family. Early in life, W.K. realized he has a passion for helping others with their lives. While in high school, classmates often sought him out to talk with him about their problems. In college, W.K. decided to pursue full-time ministry to help people build their lives in relationship with God and in their marriage and family.

W.K. was in ministry full-time for 33 years serving in Kentucky, Texas, and Missouri. After spending much time counseling church members, he realized that, like most ministers, his capability was limited. He was not able to help members to the degree they needed. So he returned to graduate school and received his Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree. He has now been a Licensed Professional Counselor for twenty-three years. The last 17 years in ministry, he served as the director of a counseling ministry for a local church. For 21 years he served as an adjunct professor at College of the Ozarks teaching classes on Marriage and Family and Mental Health in the Psychology department. Today he is the only marriage friendly therapist in Springfield Missouri as recognized by the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists (, and a Certified Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association

In 2006, W.K. established the Springfield Marriage and Family Institute, LLC to...

  • Offer Christian based professional marriage and family counseling to people of Springfield and all of southwest Missouri
  • Provide seminars and workshops on marriage and family
  • Provide a facility where graduates can intern and receive supervision for licensure

W.K. and his wife Patricia have been married 43 years. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. He enjoys trout fishing, collecting Abraham Lincoln memorabilia as well as spending time with the family and friends. Most of all, he enjoys date night with Patricia every week.


Chris CharinoChris Charino, MS LPC

I have lived all over the Midwest and I am glad to say that I have found a home in Springfield. As a native of Chicago, I have been involved, from a young age, in issues surrounding diversity and conflict. I have witnessed in my own life and others around me, the pain and destruction that the failure of marriage and the family can cause. I have experienced much in my life, it has made me stronger, and has given me an in depth level of understanding. As a professional I provide counseling based on Christian principles which can enable real life solutions. I believe in the systemic nature of the family and how each member shares responsibility and power in the health and functioning of the family as a system, having benefited from similar advice and counsel through the years. I work with most types of counseling issues but I specialize in working with teens, couples, and young families that may include high levels of distress.

I am now happily married with three sons and one daughter. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, running, and have successfully written and recorded several Christian Hip Hop albums that can be downloaded on iTunes. I am profoundly grateful to God the Father for the natural gifts and abilities given to me and the professional training I've received that allow me this opportunity to listen, learn, and teach and serve people.


Ty Beasley, MS LPCTy Thornton, MS LPC

Ty became fascinated with the mind and how it worked when at the age of 14 her cousin was tragically killed in a bicycle accident, and brain surgery was not successful in saving his life. She became aware that she was the person that many of her friends and family turned to for a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or some words of encouragement. She followed her heart and pursued a career in Psychology. Ty has been working in the mental health field now for 15 years. She has a wide range of experience, counseling children, adolescents and adults, as well as conducting marriage and family therapy. She has extensive training and experience in the areas of mood and personality disorders, trauma, and addiction. Ty has a keen understanding of how these, as well as other life issues impact an individual and his or her family. She is passionate about helping others and her fun personality and sense of humor assure your counseling experience will be helpful and enjoyable. Whatever the issue or situation you may be experiencing, you'll find Ty is easy to talk to.

In her time away from the counseling office, Ty enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children as well as family and friends. She is an avid runner, recently completing a half marathon. She likes most outdoor activities, watching Cardinals baseball, and music of all kinds, especially country. She values hard work, keeping commitments, and her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Ty is also very enthusiastic about cute shoes and big jewelry.

Call today to schedule an appointment with Ty at Springfield Marriage & Family Institute LLC (417) 882-6767.

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, Lindenwood University
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Evangel University