Are you looking to get real results and make lasting change? Feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed? Experiencing the impacts of past losses or trauma? Having relationship difficulties? Struggling to stick with the goals you set for yourself? Whether you are hoping to resolve pain, discomfort, and despair or seeking authenticity, growth, and more satisfying personal outcomes, my goal is to give you the tools and emotional support necessary to move your life in a new direction. I balance intuition with over a decade of clinical experience to help you find your way to a more authentic and fulfilling life.
Asking for help is huge step. It takes courage and a willingness to hope for change. This journey towards health and wellness requires honesty and openness. It is not always easy, and working with a professional who is the right fit for you offers a solid foundation from which to start that journey. I am passionate about mental health and wellness. Whether I am working with kids, teens, adults, partners, or families, I believe in journeying alongside my clients as a guide and support as they discover what drives them and works best to bring change and growth.
As we journey through life, we can experience challenges that stifle our personal growth or block our connection with others. Sometimes, we feel ill-equipped, disappointed, alone, hurt, or afraid. But there is hope-- hope for understanding, peace, empowerment, and joy. Whether you would like to broaden your understanding of your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, or deepen your connection with others, there is hope and there is help. Together we can enhance self-awareness and other-awareness. We can work to understand and strengthen your ability to manage your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We can develop healthy problem-solving and life skills.
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.
When we become overwhelmed with stress of life and experience challenges, living can become difficult and painful. Therapy is a great journey to work through these issues to find hope and joy again. My practice focuses on working with Individuals, couples, families, adults, and young people who need relieve, and have a desire to feel whole again. I also have a passion to work with couples, who have experienced miscarriage or infant loss. If you or someone you love is facing challenges in life, do not go through it alone. Allow me to take the journey with you.
Were/are you a first responder? Feeling overwhelmed? Anxiety that catches you off-guard? Nightmares? Depressed? Hopeless? Finding it hard to return to "normal"? Adrenaline won't calm down? Had as much as you can take? Want some help? Please call me.
I believe we all have the right to our own belief systems but often times sharing those with someone who is a complete stranger can be intimidating. I offer you a safe space to be YOU. I am a spiritual being that is open to embracing dialogue around non-traditional ways of thinking and believing. Because the client-therapist is an important relationship, my goal is to provide a high-quality service to you that includes quick and responsive communication as well as a huge library of resources to give you the tools you need for an action based and humanistic therapy process. I enjoy working with women and couples!
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.
Accepting new clients as of July 11, 2022. Sharing your story takes courage. I view counseling as a collaborative relationship and therefore strive to create a warm and non-judgmental environment, so you feel safe, understood, and comfortable while exploring issues/concerns. I specialize in working with individuals (8+) and families.
Now Accepting New Clients! EMDR Trained! “They overcame everything that was meant to destroy them.” You or your child might be suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, or relational issues. With a will to get better and a person to support you through it, you too can overcome the things you thought were once meant to destroy you. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and 50 minute sessions for $75 where together we will learn and grow in a non-judgmental, safe space that ultimately brings healing and wholeness.
The decision to see a counselor may be intimidating or overwhelming. Sometimes we need to seek help outside family and friends. It is not easy to walk through the door and talk to a complete stranger. I want you to know I have been where you are right now, and I hope you will reach out. I work with individuals who struggle with abandonment/trauma/abuse. I also work with couples who struggle with communication/infidelity/trust/conflict resolution. Investing in yourself and your relationships will be the most important investment of your lifetime.
I possess the magic, quick-fix for all of your problems... just kidding. As a lifetime therapy participant myself, I know this path is not always short, shiny, or easy, but my job is to walk it with you & see you through it when you are ready. My work focuses around challenges of life: self-esteem, compassion and regulation, relationship/social issues, life transitions, trauma, mood disorders, grief, issues specific to women and adolescent/student athletes, perinatal mental health, and more. I am an LGBTQI+ ally, and eager to work with humans of all backgrounds, orientations, preferences, identities, cultures, & ethnicities.
The ideal client is one who is seeking a partner to journey through the courageous path toward health and healing. They are open to change, willing to be transparent and vulnerable, and committed to doing the work inside and outside of the therapy space. Although change and growth can be hard and scary, they are just willing to invite me in to hold the hope and help carry their burdens as we process the obstacles that are causing impairment in their lives. Together, we will create new pathways towards wholeness.
My focus is in two areas: kids (and teens) and couples (and families). I do see clients for other reasons, such as depression, anxiety, and attachment / relational issues, however my passion and years of expertise lay in kids / teens and couples / families. My hope and goal is to bring healing and repair to those I work with; I want to help you and your family become more successful, happier, and more equipped to tell a better story with your life.
Welcome! We greet you with acceptance and an open heart in the Spirit of Aloha. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deeper meaning teaches us to love ourselves first, and to then spread that love to others. Life can throw us surprises or maybe we hit a roadblock and realize something has to change. Regardless, counseling can provide a safe and confidential forum where you can share your worry, fear, sadness and anger, as well as your hopes and dreams, and learn tools to deal with any challenge in your life. Give me a call if you seek a path to the happy and serene life you deserve.
Life must have balance. On your journey to wholeness, we will work together to identify faulty thinking and other obstacles to discover the complete and whole person you were designed to be. Clients experiencing relationship distress (separation, divorce, depression, infidelity, grief) women’s and men’s issues, or social environment concerns, will find a safe environment filled with compassion, support, and hope.
Wounds often shape our life's choices without our knowledge of their presence. Life is hard and these wounds can wear on us over time. Are you unsure if you're struggling with an addiction and you feel like your substance may be wreaking havoc on your life and your relationships? It takes courage to ask for help. I can meet you where you are and we can explore this together in an environment that is free of shame and judgement. Successful therapy involves a collaborative relationship where clients risk to uncover wounds and challenge unhelpful family structures.
Do your find yourself struggling with negative emotions such as worry, sadness, or irritability? Do you need help changing your current ways of coping with stress or challenges? Do you struggle with continual feelings of low self-esteem? My goal is to help you feel more centered, capable, and confident as you learn to cope with negative feelings and habits in a more self-supporting manner. I specialize in the areas of depression, anxiety and eating disorders. I also work with individuals who struggle with relationship issues.
Are you stuck? Something in life not all what you hoped it would be? Good for you for not letting more time go by without seeking help and making a change. Therapy can be an incredible resource to discover and navigate the “why’s” underneath our obstructive thoughts, confusing behaviors and disconnected relationships. It can also provide space for healing as we learn how to become more deeply rooted in who we are and how we want to show up for the life we’ve been given.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Lees Summit are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Lees Summit then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Lees Summit, or Child Psychologists in Lees Summit.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Lees Summit psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Lees Summit specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.