Child Therapists in Independence, MO

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Michael Moore
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CAS, LPC
Verified
Verified
The angry, argumentative, and underperforming child is often seen by others as the product of lax parenting. This unfortunate characterization has had a great impact on the way our children are viewed by schools, employers, and society in general. The fact is parents often exhaust various recommended "fixes" and desperately want things to be normal. I have over 25 years of experience working with children and families. I understand the daily struggles parents routinely face. I know how school performance, relationships, and behavior are impacted when children struggle. I understand the frustrations associated with a child who "acts out" and underperforms.
(816) 348-3254
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Independence, MO 64055
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Julia Tribelhorn
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
My areas of specialty include: children & adolescents, trauma, depression, anxiety, family issues, school issues, and parenting challenges.
After spending two years mentoring young women at a college ministry, I gained a new found passion for helping people through the most difficult times in their lives. As a result I pursued and earned a Master’s in Counseling from Midwestern Seminary. I have had experience counseling in community mental health, school settings, as well as homeless shelters. Moreover, I have a Bachelor’s in Education and a thorough understand of the school system having spent two years as a school based therapist.
(816) 239-3448 x722
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Independence, MO 64057
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Phillip Harrison Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have experience helping people recover from stressors like: *Addiction *Anger *Anxiety *Boundaries * Child & Adolescent Adjustment *Communication *Conflict Resolution *Depression *Guilt/Shame *Infidelity/Affairs *Life Transitions *Marriage Counseling *Mood Disorders *Psychosis *Relationship Struggles *Self Esteem *Spiritual Needs *Stress Management *Trauma.
When I meet with people, I am told that I am approachable, understanding, and humorous! I know what it's like to be a client and to be asked to pour out my life; therefore, I adapt my therapy sessions to you and allow you to share what you desire! I do what I do to help others as I have been helped, and my goal is to assist you in achieving your goals!! I understand how to incorporate Christianity into your session, though also respect your desire to not include any beliefs whatsoever. I am flexible and understanding.
(816) 974-9335 x709
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Independence, MO 64057
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Tara Yardley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EdS
Verified
Verified
Do you wonder if what you are feeling is normal? Are you having relationship concerns or feeling depressed? Are you irritable or unsure of what is going on in your life? Does your child struggle with emotion regulation or behavioral concerns? Maybe you are considering a major life change? I am here to provide you with the support and confidence you need to cope. Have you recently started questioning your life experiences, dealing with a lost loved one or need support for your child . Through counseling we can identify what you are feeling, how to deal with stress, what are healthy relationships and effective ways to cope with life.
(816) 839-9423
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Independence, MO 64052
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Julie Gibson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am very experienced in play therapy with children as young as 3.
Are you having struggles with your job or relationships? Are you feeling worried or down? I can help you to find the solutions you seek. I encourage clients to bring their pets if they wish (primarily dogs, cats tend to freak out!) My goal is to help you to feel comfortable and relaxed. I am trained in hypnosis and EMDR. I have a very non-critical, supportive style. My hours are very flexible, so they work with any schedule. Give me a call or email me and we can get started making all your problems disappear!
(816) 607-3587
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Independence, MO 64052
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Embark Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We approach children and teens from a family systems lens, providing support and guidance for all members of the family.
We are here to help! We are a group of professionals who approach therapy with compassion and understanding, providing a partnership with you in a safe, caring and supportive place to explore life's difficulties, and learn how to balance any challenge, and improve your relationships. We use an individualized, integrated approach to therapy, promoting wellness in all areas of your life: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. We work with children , teens, young adults, millennials, families, couples and partners.
(913) 353-3769
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Independence, MO 64055
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Nina Escobar-Petersen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with all my clients, however, I have specific training working with troubled youth. The world is hard to navigate as adults and can be even harder as a young adult, teen, or adolescent. In my experience depression and anxiety are secondary to the trauma caused by unresolved issues. These issues affect both children and adults. This can often express in opposition to rules, defiance, self harming, alcohol and drug use. I can help. I understand what its like to feel misunderstood in a world filled with overwhelming decisions.
(660) 218-1332
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Independence, MO 64050
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Samantha Reed
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
Your child and family's resiliency is built through a strong connection and a solid plan.
The relationship you and your child has with their counselor is the true measure of how helpful the counseling experience will be. I value developing a warm, positive, supportive and empathic environment for your family to overcome any challenge that you are facing. In our experience together, you will find healing and growth, and recognize your own strengths, and how they help you and your child work toward building a more positive and rewarding future. Both in your individual lives, and collectively within the family.
(913) 914-8828
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Independence, MO 64050
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Emma Kirk
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you looking for a fun, caring, effective counselor your child or family? I focus on working with children and teens 10+. I can help navigate through sadness, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, self harm, and other issues. I am also trained in the Gottman method to provide couples counseling.
(816) 239-3954
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Independence, MO 64055
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Katherine Malone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Everyone has the goal in life to live a fulfilling existence and to be happy. Life can be overwhelming and trying at times and we may need assistance in reaching our goals. Helping others to navigate the difficult times and events of life is what I love to do. My life and career experience of successfully working with children , teenagers, adults, elderly, and families has led to me becoming an accepting and open-minded clinician. I love the diversity of the clients that I have been blessed to work with. PLEASE PHONE ME ME FOR A FASTER RESPONSE TIME. Thank you.
(816) 323-6646
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Independence, MO 64050
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Greg E Neubauer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I have over 25 years of clinical experience providing counseling therapy to adult individuals, children , adolescents, families, and couples to address their emotional and behavioral struggles. I utilize a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, goal directed, reality based treatment approach, integrating family dynamics as needed, to help clients effectively resolve or learn to cope with their struggles. I am available to coordinate with schools and other treatment providers. My office at Truman & Main St on the Independence Square offers a convenient, unassuming, confidential, and relaxing environment.
(816) 237-5524
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Independence, MO 64050
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Daylin Rodriguez Cesar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, PhDc
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community, couples, children and individuals.
He sido una sicoterapeuta bilingue por 12 años enfocada en tratar trauma y evaluaciones sicológicas para emigración. Les proveo un ambiente confidencial y muy cómodo a mis participantes. Es un gran privilegio guiarlos en su andar de sanidad y paz. Me especializo en sicología infantil, EMDR, y hipnosis clínica. Tengo vasta experiencia ayudando a parejas, procesos de separación, trauma, niñas/niños, y a la comunidad LGBTQ+. I am a caring bilingual counselor with experience in working with people of races and genders. My mission is to be your companion on this therapeutic journey in a comfortable and confidential environment.
(913) 884-1812
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Independence, MO 64050
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Not accepting new clients
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Lauren Richerson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
*I am not currently accepting new clients. Sorry!* I am an experienced clinical psychologist who has spent 15 years developing my knowledge and skills for addressing problems that occur in families such as problematic parent- child dynamics. I am also well equipped to address internalizing disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicidality, and PTSD in children , teens, and adults. While I use evidenced-based techniques that are informed by scientific research, I do so in the context of a warm and caring therapeutic relationship. I strive to understand your personal struggles without minimizing what you are going through.
(816) 373-6433
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Independence, MO 64055
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Jeff Tadokoro
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My goal in counseling is for you to be empowered to make positive changes so that your life can flourish. I work with Children , Adolescents, Adults and Families using brief and long term therapy. I work with a variety of issues including: Depression Stress/Anxiety, Marriage/Family issues, School issues with Children and Adolescents, Substance Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Grief and Loss, Anger Control. If you have been thinking about making a change, this is an exciting time in your life, take the next step and contact me. I will be here to assist, empower, and advocate for you.
(816) 326-2088
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Independence, MO 64057
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Cara Gruhala
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Please note, I do not currently have openings for new child clients, but do have limited openings for adult clients on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Visiting with a counselor can be a life changing experience. I work with clients from early childhood through all phases of adulthood. Everyone has a unique story, and I value the personal experiences, hopes, and dreams of all my clients. Partnering during a trusting counseling relationship can be one of the best ways to reach your goals and create lasting, positive change in your life. The relationship between counselor and client can create a vessel or space in which we can unpack and sort through your concerns with care, compassion, and confidentiality.
(816) 290-7475
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Independence, MO 64050
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Chris Cobb
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Your family may be feeling like it is being turned upside down as your developing young adult struggles to find their place in the world. I work within the family system to re-establish the balance that is necessary for a healthy, growing family and find order within the chaos. Teens and young people may appear to be rebelling; fighting back against all of the families efforts to offer guidance and support. We can work together to turn this energy into a productivity and success in academic, social, and all other aspects of life.
(816) 892-2591
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Independence, MO 64055
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Amber Utter
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CIMHP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Every person has a unique path to walk in life. Sometimes you need someone to walk with you to guide, support, validate and encourage . I would see it as a privilege to walk beside you on your journey. It's difficult to reach out and it takes courage to seek positive change. I'm here to help you navigate life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship conflict and more.
(816) 253-8164
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Independence, MO 64055
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Sarah Ehlers, LCSW LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
You deserve to feel empowered and therapy is a great way to further explore all the possibilities your life holds for you. Therapy is a journey. My role as therapist is to provide you with safe, nurturing guidance as you seek personal growth and inner peace. I believe that everyone is capable of change and has the power to choose differently, thus increasing self-fulfillment and joy in their life. I offer a warm, caring atmosphere for you to explore your wants and needs, increase awareness of barriers to meeting those wants and needs, and feel supported in making changes.
(816) 521-6199
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Independence, MO 64055
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Paul Carlisle
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC
Verified
Verified
I realize that today there is a tremendous amount of stress on individuals. Depression and anxiety abound because of the sheer amount of stress persons are facing. One possible answer to this dilemma is to engage a skilled and seasoned therapist to help. I have faced my own battles with stress, depression, anxiety and childhood trauma. Each of these are extremely painful experiences. I would be privileged to companion you on your healing and growth journey. Contact me for a free 15 minute phone consult.
(816) 207-2843
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Independence, MO 64057
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Diakonos Counseling
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW, LPC, PLPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Diakonos is a private mental health counseling center in Independence, MO since 1981. We believe in a healthy approach to healing life's problems through integrating sound principles for the mind, body & spirit. We offer compassionate care for those struggling with painful emotions, distorted thinking, and troubling behavior, as well as those desiring personal growth and more satisfying relationships. We are comfortable and experienced at integrating clients' religious & spiritual beliefs with the therapy and healing process. Treatment is personalized to meet the individual needs of each participant. Therapists are available to lead conferences and speak on topics of interest to your church, business, or organization.
(816) 527-9391
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Independence, MO 64057
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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.