Child Therapists in Carthage, MO

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David Wermuth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also specialize in working with children and families and couples counseling - I am Level 1 and 2 Gottman Method Couple's Therapy trained (The Gold-Standard for couples counseling).
The ideal client is anyone who is willing to come to therapy. Sometimes coming to therapy is the biggest and hardest battle a client may face. With a strengths-based, trauma-focused, and client-centered approach, I can work with nearly any individual, couple, family, or group.
(417) 660-2175
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Shirley D Ankrom-Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Hello! I work with Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Reality Therapy Modalities. I provide services for children age 11 and older, adolescents, and adults. I offer individual therapy, marriage counseling, and family therapy. I work with issues of grief, PTSD, relationship challenges, abuse issues (including, physical, mental and sexual), depression, women’s issues, victims issues, behavior modification, and domestic violence issues. I strive to hear the needs of each of my clients and to empower the individual(s) to identify the the problem and/or behaviors of concern. Together we work to determine a possible solution.
(417) 319-2496
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Elaine Childs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC
Verified
Verified
Hello! I am a counselor in private practice in Southwest MO. I enjoy working with all age groups and have a great deal of experience in working with sexually abused or otherwise traumatized patients. I have been trained in the use of EMDR. I am also very experienced in working with children 's issues. It is my honor to work with those who are experiencing a difficult time in their life and to help them learn methods for coping with and resolving emotional pain. I look forward to meeting you. Office hours are Mon and Thurs 9 to 7 and Tue, Wed, Fri, 9 to 5.
(417) 202-4301
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Mark Liston
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, BCCC
Verified
Verified
Most of us want to be good people who have our needs met and enjoy our family and friends. Most of us struggle at times to get there. We need a little help: Someone to listen, help us think things through, or to give us some coaching about life and relationships. Or maybe we are in serious trouble and really need professional help. Taking that next step is often scary. For 30 years, Mark has helped 1000s. 85-90% of his clients say they are very satisfied with their counseling. He's genuine, accepting, effective. Ready to take that step?
(417) 213-5987
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Darla Wyatt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have a heart for couples and enjoy coming alongside those who are struggling relationally, to instill hope and help them resolve their conflict. I have helped many couples restore trust in their relationship after an affair or betrayal. In addition to working with couples, I also work with women who are dealing with emotional difficulties such as depression or anxiety. I also have experience working with individuals who have addictions or a life controlling problem. We will work together to determine the best treatment for you so you can achieve your goals.
(417) 616-3417
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Webb City, MO 64870
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Joyce Elizabeth Payne
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have 16 years of clinical experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, anger, relationship issues, and most mental health disorders. Wellness is possible for everyone no matter what they have had to walk through. Coping is possible, but healing is essential to move beyond the places we become stuck.
(417) 212-5448
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Webb City, MO 64870

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MBHCA-Crescent Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCDP-D
Verified
Verified
Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates' mission is to serve Missouri citizens AND to provide services that improves quality of life for Missouri children , adolescents, and families.
(417) 409-1265
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Lebanon, MO 65536
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Kayla Lejeune
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in three clients: 1) children who find it difficult to manage/express their emotions, 2) teens overwhelmed with thoughts/feelings that they can’t get rid of, and 3) women who have tried endless self-help tricks but still feel stuck. Whether your child is struggling to make it through school without getting in trouble, your teen seems overly moody or withdrawn, or you are ready to experience the freedom you have been chasing after, it is my honor to come alongside you in your healing journey.
(417) 414-0333
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Mariah Kochell
PLPC, MS
Verified
Verified
I enjoy helping children , families, and young adult individuals improve their mental and emotional functioning through evidence based approaches such as Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
It is important to me that all individuals feel welcome and supported during the counseling process and I am passionate about creating a safe and secure atmosphere to assist clients in overcoming whatever challenges they might be facing. I have worked with a diverse population of clientele, including teen and adult members of the LGBTQ+ community, and have experience working in a residential setting to help children and their families overcome trauma, behavioral, and mental health issues. I also have experience working with adult individuals and couples to improve their relationships and overall well-being.
(417) 272-4149
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Riley Grinnell
PLPC
Verified
Verified
Riley has the honor of helping children and adolescents through their own unique journeys and leads classes on positive psychology and parenting in recovery as well as group, couples, and family therapy. With a listening ear, a warm and comforting presence, and a passion for good jokes, Riley has been known to "walk on water" in the eyes of the little ones she works with and Synergy's play therapy room is often referred to as "Miss Riley's House."
(417) 884-1237
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Cari Hansen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in building resiliency in children , adolescents and adults.
My experience with helping individuals and families overcome difficult challenges is my passion. I believe that it easier to find and build upon one's strengths than it is to focus primarily on fixing problems. Much of my time in therapy is spent on discovering creative solutions rather than talking too long just about what is wrong. I often involve the whole family and believe that every person is unique and requires an individualized approach. One size does not fit all. Please call me or email today discuss your needs and hopes and/or to set an appointment time.
(417) 201-5058
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Mansfield, MO 65704
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Gabriel Cline
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I specialize in High-performance individuals that live under a constant state of performance pressure, Parents who want to understand what their child needs in education (gifted or learning difficulties), and Attorneys that want fair and honest data to decide what needs to happen in complex child custody cases. As someone who has lived in these scenarios, I've developed tools and techniques to help you find the answers you need. Whether you are worried about your child , feeling burned out, or need an accurate assessment for court, I'll strive to give you the care and attention I'd want for my own family.
(417) 414-0333
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Cody Swearengin
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Some of my specializations include working with children , adolescents and adults that are struggling with: depression, anxiety, ADHD, school issues, relational issues, grief and loss, adjustment to change, life transitions and other mental health concerns.
I enjoy my role, as a counselor, in providing a safe and compassionate place for individuals to feel seen and heard. I enjoy working with individuals that are aware that they need to do something different but aren't sure what the next step is. This could be parents concerned about their child 's behavior, needs at school, adolescents and adults going through life transitions, mental health concerns or just needing a safe space to talk and process life. I have experience working with children , adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health needs and also have over 10+ years of experience in the public education system.
(417) 453-2963
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Ozark, MO 65721
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Christopher M Ward
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a masters in marriage and family therapy. My education and practice have provided opportunities to gain extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have found success in emphasizing my client's experience and creating a strong therapist / client relationship. This approach comes natural to me and helps the counseling process feel less intimidating. I have particular interest in: ADHD, autism spectrum, depression, anxiety, relational problems, premarital counseling, oppositional children , addiction, self-esteem, grief and loss, and adjustment to change and difficulty.
(417) 429-2242
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Nixa, MO 65714
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Liza Tsahiridis @ Pure.Joy.Co.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MSMhc, MSEd
Verified
Verified
I'm a small town girl who has gone through life with divorce, caring for a child with special needs, loss, and love. I love to connect with REAL people who have REAL problems & are looking for not only help but big changes in their lives. Let's connect with you on what is happening in your life today & how I can help you get past the hurdles that are stopping you from moving on! When I am not working with my clients I am speaking all over the world motivating the masses, listening to way too many podcasts & sneaking M&M's in bed! Let me come with you along this journey we call life. It is my passion helping you find true pure joy!
(417) 986-2305
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Branson, MO 65616
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Hannah Laxton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
The relationship between you (or your child ) and I is what makes counseling essential.
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults. Sessions can center anywhere from emotional health to self-healing from past or current trauma. Together we will focus on social skills and ways to create the life you want for yourself by establishing confidence, encouraging self-growth and creating room to enhance self-worth. I am currently taking self-pay clients.
(417) 216-6189
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Republic, MO 65738
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Erica Long
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with children and adults, meeting with individuals, couples and families. Prior to joining the team at Synergy Counseling Center, I worked for a Community Health Center and an Indian Health Services Center in Alaska working across the lifespan. I approach therapy from an attachment-focused lens and believe we find healing through an integrated, wholistic approach to therapy.
(417) 607-6429
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Larissa Darter
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, RPT-S
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I provide teletherapy services in Missouri and Kansas. We all have encountered hurt or adversity at some point in our lives. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed or feeling like we lack the motivation to function day to day. I strive to focus on your strengths while working with you to resolve current issues that are interfering with personal relationships or goals. I am privileged to walk alongside your journey of hope and healing in therapeutic relationship. My background experience includes psychiatric facilities, university and student counseling, adults, adolescents, children , women's issues, and couples.
(417) 280-4031
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Nixa, MO 65714
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Tyler Z. Tooley
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, C-APT
Verified
Verified
I’m here to help you improve your/your child ’s thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and environment by developing particular skills so that current and future obstacles may be overcome.
My initial 45-minute consultation is completely FREE ($0.00), and you are welcome to book online! I have experience working with individuals of all ages, including children , adolescents, teenagers and adults. I specialize in working with individuals who are neurodivergent (Autistic, ADHD, OCD, gifted, etc.), and I also have a proclivity for working with children and teens who are in foster care or are adopted. I offer individual and family sessions, play therapy, and I often integrate technology, including video and computer games, iPads, and virtual reality (VR), into sessions. To learn more about Gaming Therapy, visit my website!
(636) 500-1966
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Springfield, MO 65807
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Awaken360 Therapeutic Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
Many people seeking help for themselves, their relationship, or their children do not always receive the amount of care needed to adequately address the root cause.
Prevention is always preferred. In life the saying goes 'luck favors the prepared'. In counseling, you are most effective when you can prevent struggles compared to reacting to them after they have begun. At Awaken360, we recognize that you and your family may recognize subtle changes in one another before anyone else does. At Awaken360 our heart is to reach people before struggles, mistakes, and hurt feelings begin to pile up and cause real damage not only to relationships, but your ability to have a happy life and future. We believe no situation is too far for help or repair and we seek to partner with you as you work to overcome the following struggles: histories of abuse, adoption or foster care struggles, attachment issues, infertility, stress management, marital/premarital counseling, emotional instability, impulsive or high-risk behaviors, separation or divorce, suicidal ideations, history of self harm, substance use/abuse, anger/aggression, involvement in judicial system, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Visit Awaken360.org to see real change that lasts and inquire about our three treatment options: Outpatient Counseling, Youth Therapeutic Academy, and Family Intensives.
(417) 217-7089
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Springfield, MO 65803
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Child Therapists

Do I need to attend therapy with my child?

Parents are an integral part of a child’s therapy, but the specifics of their involvement vary. If your child is young, you may attend most or all sessions; if your child is older, you may attend a few sessions or none; sometimes a therapist may ask you to have a session on your own. Whatever the arrangement, you should expect to work collaboratively with the therapist, your child, and your family members to take steps to help support your child.

How long are sessions with child therapists?

Children’s therapy sessions can last 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 60 minutes. The length of the session may depend on your child’s age and the type of therapy practiced. You can discuss this with therapists you consult and the one you ultimately move forward with.

How do I get a child to agree to seek therapy?

The best approach is to have an open-ended conversation with your child about how they’re doing and what they might be struggling with. When you raise therapy, discuss the concept in an age-appropriate way, for example explaining that a therapist’s job is to help kids handle their hard or uncomfortable feelings. Frame therapy positively, as an opportunity to explore and build emotional skills—it’s an important tool in the toolbox to help kids feel their best.

How can I tell if a therapist is a good fit for my child?

A child needs to feel comfortable opening up about their thoughts and feelings, so if your child feels a sense of comfort, ease, and trust with their therapist, that’s a great sign. In addition, a therapist is a good fit for your child if the two can communicate well together; a clinician should be able to communicate clearly, effectively, and in an age-appropriate manner.