Female Therapists in Shawnee County, KS

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Kathy Jones-Parks Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCAC
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66611
I treat clients dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety, anger management,depression,grief and unresolved loss,and substance abuse. My clinical interest include co-dependency, parenting issues and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder management. My aim is to help clients find individualized and workable solutions to mental health concerns.
I treat clients dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety, anger management,depression,grief and unresolved loss,and substance abuse. My clinical interest include co-dependency, parenting issues and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder management. My aim is to help clients find individualized and workable solutions to mental health concerns.
(785) 783-6296 View (785) 783-6296
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Sweetgrass Counseling LLC
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66604
Bosho! (Hello) - I'm Samantha Wahwassuck. As a mental health clinician, I am dedicated to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to discuss and process challenges they're facing. I believe in the healing power of empathic relationships and I welcome the chance to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and orientations. If you're on a journey of self-discovery and seeking support, or if you're motivated to make positive changes for the best version of yourself, there's a possibility that we could work well together.
Bosho! (Hello) - I'm Samantha Wahwassuck. As a mental health clinician, I am dedicated to providing a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to discuss and process challenges they're facing. I believe in the healing power of empathic relationships and I welcome the chance to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and orientations. If you're on a journey of self-discovery and seeking support, or if you're motivated to make positive changes for the best version of yourself, there's a possibility that we could work well together.
(785) 347-8721 View (785) 347-8721
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Joy Bishop
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
Currently Not Accepting New Clients. "No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear" -C.S. Lewis. Hello, I am here to help you on your personal grief and loss journey. Having someone you love die, can feel unbearable. I have provided a safe place where your voice is heard. Grieving and mourning can take place. Death of a loved one, loss of a career and loss of relationships can all leave you feeling hopeless and alone. I will sit with you in this darkness. I will hold hope for you. I have witnessed personally and professionally that there is light in all this darkness.
Currently Not Accepting New Clients. "No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear" -C.S. Lewis. Hello, I am here to help you on your personal grief and loss journey. Having someone you love die, can feel unbearable. I have provided a safe place where your voice is heard. Grieving and mourning can take place. Death of a loved one, loss of a career and loss of relationships can all leave you feeling hopeless and alone. I will sit with you in this darkness. I will hold hope for you. I have witnessed personally and professionally that there is light in all this darkness.
(785) 371-1327 View (785) 371-1327
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Janna M. Walpole
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
Ms. Walpole is pleased to offer partnership in her client’s journey toward healing. She practices believing that therapy offers a road to real growth and transformation! Ms. Walpole works to help people lead more authentic and satisfying lives. As an Advanced Generalist and Clinical Social Worker she is able to engage with an array of clients across the lifespan. She is passionate about advocacy, neurodiversity and healing from trauma. Ms. Walpole believes that effective therapy begins in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.
Ms. Walpole is pleased to offer partnership in her client’s journey toward healing. She practices believing that therapy offers a road to real growth and transformation! Ms. Walpole works to help people lead more authentic and satisfying lives. As an Advanced Generalist and Clinical Social Worker she is able to engage with an array of clients across the lifespan. She is passionate about advocacy, neurodiversity and healing from trauma. Ms. Walpole believes that effective therapy begins in an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance.
(785) 310-3042 View (785) 310-3042
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Liz Munns
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66614
Searching for the right therapist can be daunting. The prospect of starting therapy can be scary. It can be especially frustrating to try many different things to feel better, yet never finding a sense of long- term relief. Sometimes we all need extra support to start this healing journey– I know this from a deeply personal level. I have found that lasting change must involve our whole self- body, mind, and spirit. I use mindfulness skills to help bring awareness to how thoughts, feelings and sensations impact our nervous system and sense of well-being and to help you heal those places where you feel stuck and depleted.
Searching for the right therapist can be daunting. The prospect of starting therapy can be scary. It can be especially frustrating to try many different things to feel better, yet never finding a sense of long- term relief. Sometimes we all need extra support to start this healing journey– I know this from a deeply personal level. I have found that lasting change must involve our whole self- body, mind, and spirit. I use mindfulness skills to help bring awareness to how thoughts, feelings and sensations impact our nervous system and sense of well-being and to help you heal those places where you feel stuck and depleted.
(785) 269-0504 View (785) 269-0504
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Jody Koerner, LSCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, QCSW
Verified Verified
Auburn, KS 66402  (Online Only)
I work collaboratively with people to achieve positive outcomes. Some of the areas I work most often with clients are anxiety, depressed mood, family transitions including care-taking of senior age parents, couple and marriage problems, separation, divorce, grief and loss, parenting, blended families, combat stress, PTSD, adjustment to life-style changes including senior citizens, military family issues and stress over financial troubles.
I work collaboratively with people to achieve positive outcomes. Some of the areas I work most often with clients are anxiety, depressed mood, family transitions including care-taking of senior age parents, couple and marriage problems, separation, divorce, grief and loss, parenting, blended families, combat stress, PTSD, adjustment to life-style changes including senior citizens, military family issues and stress over financial troubles.
(785) 201-9945 View (785) 201-9945
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Laurynn Lake
LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66614
It's time to put yourself first, reaching out for help is often the hardest part of the therapeutic process. As a Therapist I believe in the importance of providing Clients with a supportive and safe environment where they feel comfortable to explore and understand the thoughts and feelings that may arise when dealing with life challenges. You may be handling these difficulties in ways that are not satisfying or that impact your relationships. Whether you are a parent struggling with your child’s behaviors, a young adult starting with new changes in life, or a survivor of trauma looking for a safe place to heal, I am here to help.
It's time to put yourself first, reaching out for help is often the hardest part of the therapeutic process. As a Therapist I believe in the importance of providing Clients with a supportive and safe environment where they feel comfortable to explore and understand the thoughts and feelings that may arise when dealing with life challenges. You may be handling these difficulties in ways that are not satisfying or that impact your relationships. Whether you are a parent struggling with your child’s behaviors, a young adult starting with new changes in life, or a survivor of trauma looking for a safe place to heal, I am here to help.
(785) 264-6349 View (785) 264-6349
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Terra Marie Prescott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCAC
Verified Verified
Auburn, KS 66402  (Online Only)
It is important I get to know you and what brings you to therapy. I want to meet you where you are at in your journey. I will offer therapy approaches and explain what I would recommend. We work together and I welcome your expert feedback about what is working and what is not. Therapy is not a linear journey. It can have ups and downs. I will be there to support you through it. I am inquisitive with clients. I often reflect what I hear so you can explore your truths. It is together we will embark on a journey to find peace and relief in your life.
It is important I get to know you and what brings you to therapy. I want to meet you where you are at in your journey. I will offer therapy approaches and explain what I would recommend. We work together and I welcome your expert feedback about what is working and what is not. Therapy is not a linear journey. It can have ups and downs. I will be there to support you through it. I am inquisitive with clients. I often reflect what I hear so you can explore your truths. It is together we will embark on a journey to find peace and relief in your life.
(785) 384-6269 View (785) 384-6269
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Renata H. Coleman, LSCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66604  (Online Only)
Clinical Social Worker seeking to improve the quality of life and well being of individuals, couples and families. Helping to cope with and solve issues in everyday life; emotional, behavioral and relationship issues.
Clinical Social Worker seeking to improve the quality of life and well being of individuals, couples and families. Helping to cope with and solve issues in everyday life; emotional, behavioral and relationship issues.
(785) 282-7596 View (785) 282-7596
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Wendy Bair-Loehr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66614
PRACTICE IS CURRENTLY FULL. Wendy has 20+ years experience in mental health. A graduate of Grinnell College and KU School of Social Welfare, Wendy has vast experience working in both rural and metropolitan communities. Having worked with individuals with chronic mental illness, eating disorders, addiction and trauma at Menninger, Wendy went on to broaden her skills to include extensive work in anxiety, depressive and behavioral disorders in Kansas City. There, she also provided treatment for people who had experienced workplace violence and airline accidents.
PRACTICE IS CURRENTLY FULL. Wendy has 20+ years experience in mental health. A graduate of Grinnell College and KU School of Social Welfare, Wendy has vast experience working in both rural and metropolitan communities. Having worked with individuals with chronic mental illness, eating disorders, addiction and trauma at Menninger, Wendy went on to broaden her skills to include extensive work in anxiety, depressive and behavioral disorders in Kansas City. There, she also provided treatment for people who had experienced workplace violence and airline accidents.
(785) 325-4256 View (785) 325-4256
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Erin Herschell
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
Lecompton, KS 66050
Would you like your life or the life of your child to feel more enjoyable? Would you like your days to feel less stressful and chaotic? You may be struggling with excessive worry or stress, difficulties parenting, going through a life transition, or having marital issues. You may have a child that is experiencing anger, hyperactivity, attention or learning difficulties, worries, or difficult behaviors. If any of these issues sound familiar, I can help. Let's work together to make the rest of your life the best of your life!
Would you like your life or the life of your child to feel more enjoyable? Would you like your days to feel less stressful and chaotic? You may be struggling with excessive worry or stress, difficulties parenting, going through a life transition, or having marital issues. You may have a child that is experiencing anger, hyperactivity, attention or learning difficulties, worries, or difficult behaviors. If any of these issues sound familiar, I can help. Let's work together to make the rest of your life the best of your life!
(620) 207-1293 View (620) 207-1293
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Birtell Counseling LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66614
My mission is “A Hope and a Future for all”. Currently taking new clients. I have successfully worked with adults and adolescents struggling with depression and anxiety but also a number of other diagnosis such as, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Bipolar, & other Psychiatric Disorders including individuals that have experienced trauma. Addressed issues related to hoarding environments. I meet people where they are in all walks of life with no judgement to grow on current strength and finding new strengths and coping skills.
My mission is “A Hope and a Future for all”. Currently taking new clients. I have successfully worked with adults and adolescents struggling with depression and anxiety but also a number of other diagnosis such as, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum, Bipolar, & other Psychiatric Disorders including individuals that have experienced trauma. Addressed issues related to hoarding environments. I meet people where they are in all walks of life with no judgement to grow on current strength and finding new strengths and coping skills.
(785) 322-8229 View (785) 322-8229
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Jill L Tomlonson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66614
Navigating our world has become increasingly difficult over recent years and our young people are met with obstacles more challenging than ever before. When our brains are built in unique ways relationships in the home, school, and with our peers and family is even more challenging. I have an extensive history working with families and children of all ages 10-18 years old. Children and teens with special and unique needs such as Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, childhood grief and loss, and emotional regulation and anxiety are my specialty.
Navigating our world has become increasingly difficult over recent years and our young people are met with obstacles more challenging than ever before. When our brains are built in unique ways relationships in the home, school, and with our peers and family is even more challenging. I have an extensive history working with families and children of all ages 10-18 years old. Children and teens with special and unique needs such as Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, childhood grief and loss, and emotional regulation and anxiety are my specialty.
(785) 453-3995 View (785) 453-3995
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Megan M Torneden
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66603
Whether you are seeking therapy for yourself, your child, or your family, beginning therapy can be daunting and challenging. It is my hope to offer you an environment where you can consistently feel safe, supported and accepted; allowing you to make this step with more assurance and ease. I believe one of the most important aspects of therapy is the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client, and I am passionate about building healthy relationships with children struggling with emotional or behavioral concerns, and their families, to help build resilience, community, and support systems.
Whether you are seeking therapy for yourself, your child, or your family, beginning therapy can be daunting and challenging. It is my hope to offer you an environment where you can consistently feel safe, supported and accepted; allowing you to make this step with more assurance and ease. I believe one of the most important aspects of therapy is the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client, and I am passionate about building healthy relationships with children struggling with emotional or behavioral concerns, and their families, to help build resilience, community, and support systems.
(785) 699-7894 View (785) 699-7894
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Jocelyn R Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66605  (Online Only)
I provide clients from all walks of life a safe place to explore their difficulties and process challenges to promote positive changes within self as well as with others in their lives.
I provide clients from all walks of life a safe place to explore their difficulties and process challenges to promote positive changes within self as well as with others in their lives.
(785) 403-0359 View (785) 403-0359
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Amanda Petrik-Gardner, LCPC, LPC, LIMHP
Counselor, LCPC, LPC, LIMHP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66614  (Online Only)
Anxiety & OCD take many forms. A fear of contamination, discomfort when something is out of order, distress that you might act on a harming/sexual thought, fear that you are a bad person or will be punished by a higher being, blasphemous thoughts that shake your faith, or fears you are responsible for something bad happening. Anxiety can look like worries about the future, fear of embarrassment, health anxiety, panic attacks, hair pulling and skin picking, or wondering if you're good enough. If any of this sounds familiar, my practice may be a good fit for you, as I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and BFRBs.
Anxiety & OCD take many forms. A fear of contamination, discomfort when something is out of order, distress that you might act on a harming/sexual thought, fear that you are a bad person or will be punished by a higher being, blasphemous thoughts that shake your faith, or fears you are responsible for something bad happening. Anxiety can look like worries about the future, fear of embarrassment, health anxiety, panic attacks, hair pulling and skin picking, or wondering if you're good enough. If any of this sounds familiar, my practice may be a good fit for you, as I specialize in the treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, and BFRBs.
(785) 477-9117 View (785) 477-9117
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Barbara StreckerGaudreau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66604  (Online Only)
I have 30+ years experience working in Mental Health. I'm a graduate of KU School of Social Welfare and have vast experience working with diverse clients. In my practice, I work to empower clients to reach their goals. I use problem-solving, positive therapeutic approaches "in partnership" with my clients to reduce co-dependency, depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and parent/child issues.
I have 30+ years experience working in Mental Health. I'm a graduate of KU School of Social Welfare and have vast experience working with diverse clients. In my practice, I work to empower clients to reach their goals. I use problem-solving, positive therapeutic approaches "in partnership" with my clients to reduce co-dependency, depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and parent/child issues.
(785) 428-4049 View (785) 428-4049
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Zinaia L Armstead
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AAS, BAS, MSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66611
Life can be challenging and the experiences along the way can cause stress, anxiety, and depression to name a few mental health issues that may affect your everyday life. In therapy, I understand the importance of having someone to talk to about issues and experiences in life. You will be met with respect, empathy, genuineness, supportive and active listening, and unconditional positive regard. Together we will work on your goals for therapy. You will be met where you are in the therapeutic journey, and be provided a safe environment to express your feelings, thoughts, challenges, and concerns.
Life can be challenging and the experiences along the way can cause stress, anxiety, and depression to name a few mental health issues that may affect your everyday life. In therapy, I understand the importance of having someone to talk to about issues and experiences in life. You will be met with respect, empathy, genuineness, supportive and active listening, and unconditional positive regard. Together we will work on your goals for therapy. You will be met where you are in the therapeutic journey, and be provided a safe environment to express your feelings, thoughts, challenges, and concerns.
(785) 264-4662 View (785) 264-4662
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Elizabeth Van Vleck
Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Topeka, KS 66608
Navigating through life can be challenging and stressful. There are so many stressors that cause a person to feel like giving up hope, feeling disconnected, unmotivated, alone, fearful, and even scared. I am passionate about helping people discover and develop skills to address life stressors. I meet the person where he or she is currently at and together we will develop a plan to meet his or her needs.I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness and strengths-based approach.I have extensive experience working with various types of people
Navigating through life can be challenging and stressful. There are so many stressors that cause a person to feel like giving up hope, feeling disconnected, unmotivated, alone, fearful, and even scared. I am passionate about helping people discover and develop skills to address life stressors. I meet the person where he or she is currently at and together we will develop a plan to meet his or her needs.I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness and strengths-based approach.I have extensive experience working with various types of people
(785) 264-4159 View (785) 264-4159
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Emma Alhezayen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Topeka, KS 66611
Emma Alhezayen completed her Master of Social Work degree from Washburn University and she is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW). Her specialized training includes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), clinical assessments, Master DSM-5 Key Changes, neuroscience, and treating Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Since 2017, Emma has been completing coursework to obtain her Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) credentials and will receive her license in 2020. In addition, Ms. Alhezayen is working on her Doctorate in Psychology, PsyD with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling.
Emma Alhezayen completed her Master of Social Work degree from Washburn University and she is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW). Her specialized training includes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), clinical assessments, Master DSM-5 Key Changes, neuroscience, and treating Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Since 2017, Emma has been completing coursework to obtain her Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) credentials and will receive her license in 2020. In addition, Ms. Alhezayen is working on her Doctorate in Psychology, PsyD with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling.
(785) 504-1621 View (785) 504-1621

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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.