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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC

Merritt Leonhardt Benz

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC (she, her)

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Kansas City, MO 64111
Let's Connect (816) 396-8013
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Life is messy but good therapy ends. Curious about therapy or psychedelic medicine? If you came here looking for support, be encouraged. There are answers your questions. When will I feel better? What will it take for me or my relationship to change? What keeps getting in the way of my healing? The quality of your life is crafted from your decisions. Decisions can be intentional or passive, we create and re-create our lives every day. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to your best life. Your breakthrough is waiting. Relationship counseling, executive coaching & individual therapy offered.
If traditional talk therapy has not been effective for you and you struggle to break old patterns and often feel trapped in the same loop, same cycle of pain and struggle, Psychedelics could be the right fit for you. Psychedelic assisted Psychotherapy uses Psychedelics as a treatment for depression, anxiety and other thought related disorders.
I am trained in KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy) which uses the psychedelic medicine Ketamine and has clinically proven positive outcomes and has been approved by the FDA as a groundbreaking treatment for treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD and other issues.
Call or Merritt Leonhardt Benz now for a free 15 minute consultation - (816) 396-8013

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

Caddis Consulting Co., LLC

Kansas City, MO 64111

(816) 396-8013

Caddis Consulting Co. LLC

Prairie Village, KS 66208

Starting the work &reaching out is a daunting task but when we avoid our stories, that's when they define us. In-person, virtual & homebased
I specialize in Relationship Issues, Depression and Family Conflict 
$150 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and groups  
I offer traditional therapy as well as psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. Both I am passionate about and believe are effective treatments.
Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Let's Connect (816) 396-8013
Photo of Merritt Leonhardt Benz, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

My Practice at a Glance

Available both in-person and online

Caddis Consulting Co., LLC

Kansas City, MO 64111

(816) 396-8013

Caddis Consulting Co. LLC

Prairie Village, KS 66208

Starting the work &reaching out is a daunting task but when we avoid our stories, that's when they define us. In-person, virtual & homebased
I specialize in Relationship Issues, Depression and Family Conflict 
$150 Per Session, I accept insurance 
I see individuals, couples and groups  
I offer traditional therapy as well as psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. Both I am passionate about and believe are effective treatments.
Merritt Leonhardt Benz

Finances

Fees

  • Individual Sessions $150
  • Couple Sessions $150
  • Sliding scale: apply if you may be eligible
  • Pay by Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Insurance

  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Out of Network
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Change happens & experience matters- both yours & mine. I am a Certified Daring Way facilitator based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD. focusing on developing shame resilience skills & & daily practices to transform the way we love, parent and lead. I am an out of insurance network provider.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
"
Change happens & experience matters- both yours & mine. I am a Certified Daring Way facilitator based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD. focusing on developing shame resilience skills & & daily practices to transform the way we love, parent and lead. I am an out of insurance network provider.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC

Qualifications

  • Verified by Psychology Today Licensed by State of Kansas / 4708 Merritt Leonhardt Benz
    License state differs from primary location state.
  • In Practice for 20 Years
  • Degree/Diploma from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Master in Social Work- MSW / 2004
  • Degree/Diploma from Miami University, Oxford Ohio MA- Psychology / 1999
  • Attended Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center, Graduated 2006
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To hold a Daring Way Certification, facilitators have completed a training & certification process led by Brené Brown, PhD & TDW Faculty.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
"
To hold a Daring Way Certification, facilitators have completed a training & certification process led by Brené Brown, PhD & TDW Faculty.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC

Specialties and Expertise

Top Specialties

  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict

Expertise

  • Life Coaching, Depression in Teens & Young Adults
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bisexual
  • Cancer
  • Career Counseling
  • Child
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples Counseling, Infidelity, Post COVID Burnout
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Education and Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Lesbian
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Oppositional Defiance (ODD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Racial Identity
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Veterans
  • Women's Issues
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It's okay to say, "I'm not okay." If trying to return to "normal life" post pandemic is harder than you thought & you're sad or anxious and not sure why- you are not alone. All of my clients are brave and courageous individuals who come to me because they have lost their way in one manner or another. We will work together to find the solutions that will bring more of what you want for your life.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
"
It's okay to say, "I'm not okay." If trying to return to "normal life" post pandemic is harder than you thought & you're sad or anxious and not sure why- you are not alone. All of my clients are brave and courageous individuals who come to me because they have lost their way in one manner or another. We will work together to find the solutions that will bring more of what you want for your life.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
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Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC

Client Focus

Age

Children (6 to 10)
Preteen
Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Group

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Blind Allied
Body Positivity
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Immuno-disorders
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Age

Children (6 to 10)
Preteen
Teen
Adults
Elders (65+)

Participants

Individuals
Couples
Group

Communities

Bisexual Allied
Blind Allied
Body Positivity
Gay Allied
HIV / AIDS Allied
Immuno-disorders
Intersex Allied
Lesbian Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Racial Justice Allied
Single Mother
Transgender Allied

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
  • Multicultural
  • Relational
  • Strength-Based
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Trauma Focused
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The work I do in my individual and coaching prentice is based on shame resiliency skills based on the work of Brené Brown. For couples, I am trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson. The work identifies the patterns and styles & the emotions underneath the patterns that have you and your partner trapped in negative cycles. KAP therapy is homebased.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
Photo of Merritt Leonhardt Benz, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
"
The work I do in my individual and coaching prentice is based on shame resiliency skills based on the work of Brené Brown. For couples, I am trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson. The work identifies the patterns and styles & the emotions underneath the patterns that have you and your partner trapped in negative cycles. KAP therapy is homebased.
Call or for a free 15 minute consultation now - (816) 396-8013
Photo of Merritt Leonhardt Benz, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC

Groups

Location

Primary Location

Caddis Consulting Co., LLC

Kansas City, MO 64111

(816) 396-8013

Additional Location

Caddis Consulting Co. LLC

Prairie Village, KS 66208

(816) 396-8013
"
Starting the work &reaching out is a daunting task but when we avoid our stories, that's when they define us. In-person, virtual & homebased
Call for a free consultation now - (816) 396-8013
Photo of Merritt Leonhardt Benz, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
"
Starting the work &reaching out is a daunting task but when we avoid our stories, that's when they define us. In-person, virtual & homebased
Call for a free consultation now - (816) 396-8013
Photo of Merritt Leonhardt Benz, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Merritt Leonhardt Benz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024