Hansen & Associates, Inc.

300 East 17th Street Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 631-9931

  Who we are  

Renee Hansen, Owner 


Masters in Counseling and Human Resource Development.

Renee originally went into administration but found enjoyment in all the psychology courses. It was first to provide insight into her own life but later she used the knowledge to help others gain insight into their own lives.

Professional focus specializing in sexual abuse throughout one's life. How it affects an individual from infant through old age. Other areas of focus deal with anxiety disorders, individuals, couples and family systems. Renee has approximately 20 years of counseling experience. She graduated from South Dakota State University.

Renee was originally from Spearfish, SD where she received her degree. She now resides in Cheyenne, WY and has been here for the past 16 years. Renee enjoys the people of Cheyenne, WY, but could do without the wind. One of Renee's favorite things to do is travel, experience new cultures, learn their history and eat the cuisine. Other favorites include spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her daughter has an FFA pig which she is involved with, which takes her back to her childhood days.

"Life is full of purpose and meaning. Its up to us what kind of purpose and meaning we give it."

Meet Renee's new malamute pups our frequent visitors!

Kirsten Rigg, CSW


Kirsten’s professional focus is on children, adolescence, and adults, including individual and group counseling.  Kirsten is a native of Wyoming and has been in Cheyenne for over 20 years.  Kirsten graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and a Master of Business Administration Degree.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially in the mountains or on the lake.  

Kirsten provides a safe and compassionate environment to support individuals as they overcome challenges.  She helps people realize their own strengths in order to reach their full potential and find joy. 


Melanie T. Mofield, MSW, LCSW


Melanie's education includes an Associates of Applied Science at MCI/ECPI in Richmond, Virginia; Associates in Human Services at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work with the focus of school social work at University of Wyoming. Melanie has been with Hansen and Associates since June 2020. Prior to working full time at Hansen and Associates, she worked as a counselor and School Social Worker for several LCSD1 schools in Cheyenne. Melanie's specialized emphasis is working with youth and adolescents, adults, and family and group counseling. Melanie volunteers as a supervisor for the University of Wyoming's Bachelor and Master of Social Work students. Melanie has her certification in Play Therapy and assists children and families with Child-Centered Play Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, as well as Filial Therapy. Therapy approaches Melanie uses are person-centered, CBT, play therapy, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and expressive arts. She is trained in Phase I of Brainspotting. Melanie was born and raised in Virginia and moved to Cheyenne in 2010 with her family; she is married with two children, and is a lover of all animals. Melanie's favorite hobbies include art, sewing, collecting antiques, fashion, writing, attending music venues, and traveling.

"I'm a support person and advocate for those needing a positive transformation for a healthier living. It takes one step at a time and I'm here by your side during your journey."


Staci Simmerman, MA, LPC


Staci graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2020 and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During internship, her professional focus centered primarily on working with children and adolescents. She also has experience working with adults and has been involved in group counseling services.

Staci values the therapeutic relationship and uses a range of approaches to promote growth, healing, and mindfulness. Some of these include play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and art therapy. Staci spends most of her free time with family and friends. She enjoys being outdoors, experiencing new places, reading, and crafting.


Laramie Ringolsby, MSW, LCSW


Laramie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with four years experience working with at risk adolescents. Laramie's professional focus is working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Laramie uses an out of the box approach to connect with her clients and build lasting relationships. Laramie also works locally as a crisis counselor at an alternative high school.

When Laramie isn't working she enjoys spending time with her son Scout, and their two rescue dogs, Minnie and Fernando. Together Laramie and her son are working on crossing all fifty states and all eight Central American countries off of their bucket list.


Chinna Mack, MSW, PCSW

Chinna obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and completed her Master’s in Social Work in May 2022 from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Chinna is certified in CAMS and Brain Spotting. Chinna is currently working on Geek Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy. Chinna uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Soundtrack, Cinema, Art, and Person-Center Therapy.

Chinna decided to give up the single old cat lady life and was married to the love of her life Rory in December 2021. Chinna has a daughter Jayla who just graduated high school in 2022. Chinna has the Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Award for fostering through the Cheyenne Animal Shelter for over 6000 hours. You might see a baby or two when you come through the office, so peak in and say Hi. Chinna enjoys working with her puppy Penelope, who is preparing to do the Animal Assistant Therapy program and loves being a part of the Cheyenne Little Theater Players and True Troupe.

Most of all, she wants to see people be who they are meant to be, not who they think they should be, and always be kind.


Ryan Petrash, Office Manager


Ryan has a diverse administrative background, having worked in the legal and healthcare industry. With a bright can-do attitude she helps keep Hansen and Associates running smoothly. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her fur baby, Piper.


Alex Kane, MSW, LCSW


Alex Kane has been blessed to call Wyoming home for over two decades. She is a proud graduate of the University of Wyoming where she received both her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work degrees. Alex has a true passion for helping others and feels as if working in mental health is her calling in life.

Alex has experience working in residential treatment for adolescents and then in community mental health with clients ages 4 to 94 years old experiencing a wide range of diagnoses and life experiences. She loves being able to educate clients and watch their knowledge and self-discovery grow with each session. Alex takes pride in being able to build a unique bond with everyone she works with and ensures treatment is specifically tailored for their unique needs.

Outside of work, Alex enjoys crafting, photography, video games, spending time with her dog Oakley, and enjoying the company of good friends and family.

Josh Phelps, LPC


Josh’s education includes an Associate of Arts in Human Services from Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY. A Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY., and has a Masters of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Josh has worked in the mental health field with children and adolescents since 2008 in various ways including residential treatment for adolescents and in substance use treatment with adults.

Josh’s specialized emphasis is working with early childhood, children, teenagers all using various forms of child/teen centered therapy, and ADHD He completed his certification in Play Therapy from University of Wyoming in May 2023 and really enjoys spending time engaged with any aged child or teen. Josh also utilizes the adult theoretical models of DBT, CBT, and EMDR. Josh has been utilizing EMDR for children age 12 and over and adults summer of 2019. Josh believes that children and adults are doing the best they can with what they got in life and that they or someone around them wants them to do better.

Hobbies: finding a good joke and telling it to everyone around him. Spending time exploring Wyoming, Colorado, and the Mountain West region through the eyes of foreign exchange students. Finding different ways to live a healthy and clean lifestyle.  


Shatra' Presbury ADS, MSW, PCSW


Shatra’ has worked in mental health and medical field serving clients across Wyoming for over 15 years. She has a strong background in all aspects of client services. Shatra’ completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Human Services from Colorado Technical University in 2018 and her Master’s degree in Social Work is from University of Texas at Arlington in 2023. Shatra’ is also a licensed Acudetox Specialist (Auricular Acupuncture).

Shatra’ has a passion for working with people of all ages including children, adolescents, and adults. She focuses on individual and group/family counseling as well as detoxing. She has experience in community mental health, residential, crisis, and hospital settings. A large part of her experience is with adolescents and youth in crisis or behavioral concerns. It is Shatra’s mission to provide a safe comfortable space for clients to relax and release anything keeping them from their full potential. When Shatra' is not working she enjoys playing and watching sports, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out or relaxing with her family and friends.  .

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