ASK was opened in 2019 in Merritt Island, Florida. ASK's mission is to provide quality, caring and evidenced-based mental health care with a holistic approach, acknowledging and welcoming the healing process in spirit, soul and body. ASK stands for "Ask Seek Knock" from the scripture in Matthew 7:7-8 - “Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” The name and logo express that when we are courageous enough to open up our hearts to change, and when we are met with love, compassion and acceptance, then healing can truly begin.
Although our faith is important to us and the foundation of what we do, we welcome everyone, and only do Christian based counseling upon request.
Healing is hard work, but we can find joy in the journey!
JoAnna Knopf, MSW, LCSW
JoAnna graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology, and in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. JoAnna did several terms in Americorps while in college, and received a George H. W Bush Point of Light award for her volunteer services. While in Americorps, JoAnna did three terms of Americorps service, doing GED tutoring at an outpatient addiction treatment agency and had many opportunities to do service projects such as going to the south side of Chicago with a team to help fix up an elementary school in a gang ridden neighborhood, and traveling to the lower ninth ward of New Orleans to help restore a park following hurricane Katrina. JoAnna began her career working in addictions, leading groups and conducting evaluations at an outpatient addiction treatment agency. JoAnna later brought her skills to a faith based transitional living facility to do individual therapy and groups with those suffering from addictions. Later, JoAnna began working with children and families who were involved with Department of Children Services, where she worked individually with children of all ages experiencing a wide variety of issues, did marriage and family therapy, conducted therapeutic supervised visitations with families and worked with foster families. JoAnna later became Clinical Director at Maglinger Home Based Services and helped train and mentor other therapists. JoAnna utilizes EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Sandtray therapy while working with individuals. JoAnna also has background in Christian Counseling and completed an internship with a House of Prayer and completed training with a crisis response ministry. JoAnna is passionate about walking with people as they become free from trauma, and to see people discover their worth and who they were created to be. JoAnna is passionate about advocacy, crisis response, as well as training and equipping others. JoAnna loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling and missions, playing piano and singing, reading, writing and learning, and outdoor activities.
JoAnna is experienced in working with:
- PTSD, Complex PTSD, and trauma
- Severe dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Crisis Response
- Domestic Violence
- Mental Health diagnoses such as anxiety and depression
- Christian Counseling
- Grief and loss
- Adoption and reunification
- Working with individuals with Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain
JoAnna’s certifications/experiences include
- EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist, EMDR consultant and EMDR trainer-in-training
- Advanced EMDR training in the use of EMDR with children, EMDR with the use of Sandtray therapy, and EMDR with individuals experiencing severe dissociation and DID
- CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management)
- Training from the Matrix Institute (addictions)
- Training from NATI in working with Pathological Gambling
- Training from Duluth in working with Domestic Violence
- Training in Motivational Interviewing and MI trainer for SAMHSA Facilities in Indiana
- Training in working with Veterans
- LCSW in Indiana and Florida
Christopher Knopf, Licensed Minister
Chris graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Occupation/General Studies. Chris went on to pursue a career in firefighting. Chris was previously a firefighter in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, until he took a contract position with the Department of Defense, which led him to working as a firefighter in Iraq in 2008, and in Afghanistan in 2012. In 2011, Chris experienced a crisis in his life that led him to temporarily put firefighting on hold, and he went into full-time ministry. Chris began his ministry work by going to Ghana, Africa, and worked with groups on ending child slavery there. Chris also began working with a couple of different ministries on Crisis Response through a local House of Prayer and Crisis Response International. He became certified in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) and also took additional training in individual crisis intervention and peer support and application with children. Chris completed a Discipleship Training School at Youth With a Mission (YWAM), and led a mission trip to Kurdistan in northern Iraq during the crisis with ISIS. Chris worked with refuge families in Kurdistan. Chris went back to Kurdistan at the height of the situation with ISIS in 2014, and stood on the frontlines with the soldiers fighting ISIS, teaching them wound care in combat, and ministering to them in their great time of need. His mission work has also taken him to Israel, Ukraine, Puerto Rico, and other places in the world. Chris has a heart for discipleship and individual counseling with young men as they discover their identity in Christ. In 2015, Chris became a licensed Minister through World Ministry Fellowship. Between 2015-2019, Chris worked with youth in groups and individually as a leader in Young Life. In 2019, Chris decided to go back to his career as a firefighter, and returned to his previous job of firefighter at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. Chris has since been working with a group called Heart Connections International, working on equipping people to connect with their spirit to spirit relationship with God, and learning their design, who God created them to be.
Some of Chris' specialities as a licensed minister include:
- Extensive knowledge and training in peer support and debriefing
- Critical Incident Stress Management Certification
- Individual discipleship with young men and youth
- Inner Healing (a spiritual based model for working through traumas)
Chris can work individually with people as a Licensed Minister, and together Chris and JoAnna can do couples/premarital counseling.