Meet Our Counselors 2019-10-31T11:07:43-05:00

Meet Our Grief Counselors

Kristen Ernst, LPC

Kristen Ernst, LPC is the Manager of Community Outreach, Grief Support and Center for Hope & Healing. Kristen has years of experience working with hospice patients and their families. She contributes as a specialist in grief support and bereavement as a facilitator and educator in the community. She continually works with survivors of childhood abuse and trauma, and is also dedicated to her work in suicide prevention and awareness. Kristen enjoys assisting in the development of people’s self-advocacy, coping with grief, and creating a safe and conducive environment for people to empower themselves for a better quality of life.

Kristen can be reached at 636-328-0878 or email

Renee Ratley, LPC, CCTP

Renee Ratley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Renee works with individual adults and families with children of all ages specializing in work with foster/adoptive families and those recovering from abuse, neglect, combat, and other forms of trauma. She works with military/veterans and families in the areas of PTSD, Moral Injury, and readjustment.

Tim Beauparlant, MSW, LCSW, CEAP

Tim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and has been a master’s level social worker for 32 years. He has extensive experience in hospital, hospice, family service agency, managed care/EAP, and private practice settings. Tim’s specialties include mental health, substance abuse treatment, and men’s issues, especially pertaining to grief, anger management, and substance abuse. He completed Family and Divorce Mediation training at Washington University. In his private practice, he has provided family mediation services and individual, family, and couples counseling for many years.

Teddy Baue, Grief Comfort Dog

Teddy is hypoallergenic and bred to be calm in nature. His role is to provide comfort and love to families during visitations and services as well as helping during counseling sessions. Teddy also visits local nursing homes, hospices, and schools in the area with Kelly to talk about grief.

Follow Teddy on Instagram @TeddyBaue.

Click here to read his Teddy Talks