Meet Our Team

We want to help you adapt, understand, and thrive

Committed to Growth

Our name, The Magnolia Institute, comes from the song Sugar Magnolia, which captures being in the moment, embracing life and enjoying it. And life can be hard. It can derail us. It requires strength and perseverance, which the magnolia flower is also known for.

The name is fitting for the work we do as we help people grow lives worth living and as we walk that path beside them — with acceptance, accountability, and yes, a kind of toughness. It’s how we work together to face the world in a new way.

Our Team

Our highly-trained therapists are experts at what they do and accepting of who you are. We are open, inclusive and experienced working with LGBTQ individuals and groups. Learn more about working together with one of our counselors.

Jill Reese, LSCSW

My name is Jill Reese, and I am a licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW).  I have been a therapist in the mental health field in Lawrence and the surrounding communities since 2005.

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Joshua Reese, LSCSW

My name is Josh Reese, and I am a licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW). I have been a therapist in the mental health field since 2011. I am committed to helping my clients create a meaningful and purposeful-driven life.

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Samantha Brummell, LSCSW

My name is Samantha Brummell, and I am a licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW). I have years of experience in helping individuals who suffer with chronic pain, terminal illnesses and other health-related concerns.

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Deja Jackson, LPC

My name is Deja Jackson, pronouns She/Her, and I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC).

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Grow a life worth living.

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Types of Treatment

We offer an array therapy options for individuals, families and couples.

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