My Story

WeThrive was started as a result of a lifelong career dream.  I went to graduate school in 1982 with the intention of doing private practice.  I did not land into private practice until 2015 as my career and life took me down a variety of other paths.  In February of 2017, I found myself an unexpected widow (which I like to believe, way too young) and 6 months later I opened my own practice, WeThrive Counseling Center.  The name was developed from the idea that we are all thriving at different stages throughout our lives, the individuals we serve as well as ourselves as therapists.  My belief is we can choose to never stop growing and learning. 

Our Story

Just a year after opening I wanted to expand and looked for only the best therapists, and four therapists later I can say I did not find any of them–they found me.  Each of the WeThrive therapists, as well as our office manager, approached the practice as they were drawn to the culture of our professional community, one of connection through respect, creativity, love and honesty.  It has been a pretty magical and spiritually enlightening experience.  As a group we gathered and created our vision and culture.  WeThrive was no longer mine… it is ours.  We believe in the importance of connection to the people we serve, to one another, the community of Jenks and Tulsa.  We love what we do, we are passionate, and we invite you to join us…just call.

-Mari 

Meet the Team

Mari Butterfield, LCSW

Therapist and Owner

Choosing courage over comfort can be life changing. Let me help you with this journey called life. I love people and love helping people reach their full potential. Feedback I have received is that people are comfortable with me and appreciate my openness and directness. You can count on me to tell it like it is, life is too short to beat around the bush. I love working with people and find people who come for help are courageous and resilient. I have a therapy dog, Sammy, who is full of love and comfort!

My background includes extensive experience working with individuals and groups. I am trained in Brene Brown’s Daring Way and Rising Strong curriculum. I believe this is useful and meaningful work for most people but would love to share this experience with professionals in the field of mental health.

Amanda Maves, LPC-S

Therapist

Helping people create positive changes to enhance their well-being is my passion. Sometimes we experience traumatic or stressful events in our lives that can throw us off our path of wellness and leave us feeling stuck. I hope to partner with you to better understand the challenges you are facing and help you find healing.

Sometimes we need additional help to make positive changes in our lives. In addition to helping you connect with your child and understand their needs, I can help you to recognize and understand the way your past is affecting your current relationship with your child or other important people in your life.

Engaging in therapy can be hard and reaching out is a brave step. Please know you will be met with kindness and compassion.

John Ayers, LPC-S

Therapist

Life can feel overwhelming at times. We’ve all been there…that place where it feels like simple things are a struggle and it’s hard to make sense out of our own thoughts. Working with a professional therapist, who can provide unconditional support and guidance can help make the journey a little less challenging.

I enjoy working with people and focus on helping individuals learn new perspectives, develop inner strengths, and voice their own truth. I create a professional relationship, where it’s safe to explore difficult thoughts or feelings. We’ll identify what causes you problems in life, then we’ll work together on developing healthy solutions.

Danielle Lacy, LCSW

Therapist

Life is hard and can throw challenges at us at any age, stage, or circumstance. Whether you are a child, teen, or adult experiencing struggles with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, bullying, gender identity, significant life changes (i.e. divorce, death loss, job loss, moving, transitioning), or effective communication, there is help available to you. I believe we all have the power within us to overcome whatever challenges life yields. However, sometimes we need guidance and support to see our strengths and abilities. I would love the opportunity to meet you and assist in meeting your mental health needs.

I have experience in working with children, teens, adults, and families. My specialties are suicide prevention, CBT, trauma focused treatment, and family systems.

Congratulations on taking your first step to better mental wellness by researching your options! Seeking mental health services can be a scary and overwhelming experience, but you do not have to go at it alone. Please allow me the opportunity to be a part of your journey and provide a sense of support and encouragement to you.

Chad Stephens

Office Manager

Chad is the center of our hub.  He frees all of us up to focus on nothing but you!  He takes care of phone calls, interacts with all of our insurance companies, schedule appointments, tracks payment, keeps software and hardware running, tracks office supplies, yes we must all have coffee and chocolate, right?

Often times Chad will be the first person you talk to on the phone.  He has a very big heart and will greet you with a kind, understanding voice.  He works tirelessly to secure insurance information and/or payment.  It is part of our values that we give you the best cost information from the beginning, which is a tough order with insurance companies, but Chad is up to the challenge.  He is our center and a valuable member of our team.

Sammy

Therapy Pet

Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders.

Benefits of Pet Therapy:
♥  Lowers blood pressure.
♥  Improves cardiovascular health.
♥  Releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect.
♥  Diminishes overall physical pain.
♥  The act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication some folks need.

Our office environment is warm and welcoming, designed to ensure comfort and privacy. Our location is quiet and private, giving us the ability to see high profile individuals within the community. We offer late afternoon, evening and weekend appointments.

Life can be challenging, but you don’t have to handle it alone. Call today and let’s see what we can start working on together.