Emotionally Focused Therapists in Lees Summit, MO

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Photo of Margaret (Peggy) A. Lucas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lees Summit, MO
Margaret (Peggy) A. Lucas
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCAC, LCPC, LPC
Verified
Verified
I am trained and certified in EMDR which is a trauma based therapy that can help people get "unstuck". I also am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( EFT ) for couples. I use Acceptance Commitment Therapy, cognitive behavioral, strengths based and motivational interviewing techniques to explore helpful tools that work for you so you can live life differently. I can provide a safe and supportive space to journey with you to healing, whether it's with grief, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, self-esteem or relationships.
(816) 839-4989
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Lees Summit, MO 64081
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Paul Busk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LCMFT
2 Endorsed
2 Endorsed
I have experience working with families, individuals and adolescents struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, personality disorders and sexuality, using emotionally focused family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Keeping passion and connection in relationships while also thriving as individuals is a goal that many of us have. Balancing these aspects of life can be difficult, especially when life stressors, mental or emotional disorders, or trauma present themselves. My goal is to help clients achieve their goals of connection and personal growth, while challenging them to act on the best parts of themselves. I am passionate about working with couples struggling with intimacy and desire issues. My approach in working with couples centers on differentiation based therapies and encourages both individual and couple growth.
(816) 209-1329
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Megan Mulheron
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
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.
(816) 249-2986
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Amy Congdon
MA, PLPC
Verified
Verified
I believe identity is a critical part of self-understanding and healing. For this reason, I enjoy working with folks who are looking to explore their identities which might include sexuality, gender, race, religion, physical and mental ability, and roles in society. I am cognizant that our identities shape our personal and lived experiences in the world, and this continually impacts how and what we need to heal. I approach therapy from a non-religious standpoint, but have a deep interest in how religion impacts people, including ways that it can act as a source of trauma, while also acknowledging that it can be a source of support.
(816) 317-0010
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Lees Summit, MO 64086
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Wendy Hawkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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!
(816) 800-9203
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Lees Summit, MO 64082
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Lonnie Joe Holt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LCMFT, PhD
Verified
Verified
My passion is coaching and therapy for anxiety, depression, and trauma when people have dedicated themselves towards making necessary changes that lead to successful outcomes. I enjoy helping individuals with struggles requiring compassionate care and life-changing action. Maybe the situation feels impossible to repair, or beyond hope: these are my favorite cases. I offer therapy in all parts of Missouri and Kansas through online only sessions. As an in-network therapist, insurance will determine your cost per session (from $0 up) and is handled through SonderMind.com (see list of insurances).
(816) 551-2573
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Jonathan Kindler
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
People get stuck. We can work together to help you find your way. We will first start with stabilizing presenting concerns then team together to resolve underlying issues. Through our collaboration we will build resilience and capacity to respond to life. Let's figure this out.
(816) 479-2997
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Cheryl Graves
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, CCATP, CIMHP
Verified
Verified
I'm here for you, to listen and help work through life's issues to your goals, happiness, and best functioning. Individuals, couples, families, teens, aging, fertility, transgender, LGBTQI+, grief, loss, anxiety, phase of life, addiction, behavioral, medical, chronic, more. I offer support, and compassion in a solution focused, strengths based, informed and confidential environment, custom designed to meet your therapeutic needs. I offer Hypnotherapy, am CISM-CISD certified, a therapist's therapist (I enjoy working with therapists who want to do their own work). Interactive, Cognitive Behavioral, Integrative, Generalist. Let's talk.
(816) 312-5992
Lees Summit, MO 64064
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Lavon T. Boyd
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
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.
(816) 479-5072 x3
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Ivy Pellerito -Accepting New Clients
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-MO, LCPC-KS, NCC
Verified
Verified
I am licensed in MO and KS allowing me to offer telehealth sessions throughout both states and in-person sessions for individuals in the KC metro. Available for immediate day and evening appointments. For over 15 years, I have worked primarily with adults to help create long-term change, healing and transformation, instead of temporary band-aids. This is done by building a relationship that provides safety and acceptance, and ultimately promotes change, as well as using the tools and techniques that best fit the circumstance.
(816) 272-1047
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Hannah K Sholar
PLPC, MA, NCC
Verified
Verified
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.
(816) 744-0030
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Lees Summit, MO 64086
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Amy Lynn Hanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACHT, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Love and nurturing are the cornerstones of my practice. From my youngest clients to my oldest, I believe that a positive connection in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere encourages and empowers the children, families and adults I work with to heal and grow from the inside out! My focus for the past 10 years of my career has been on supporting children, families and individuals to reconnect with each other and themselves in a way that enhances their sense of peace, joy and fulfillment.
(816) 253-8338
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Lees Summit, MO 64081
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Meredith Gardner
Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I understand that we all need a little help sometimes. Whether you’re going through an issue that’s been troubling you for an extended period of time or through situational trauma, I can give you the assistance you need. I provide a safe environment for clients to be themselves by utilizing unconditional positive regard and a warm, caring nature.
(816) 290-6894
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Rachel Hall
MA, PLPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Life presents challenges that are difficult to face alone, and trusting someone to hold your thoughts and emotions as sacred takes courage. I consider it an honor to walk with you, side by side, through your journey of transformation, healing and restoration. I seek to connect the body and the brain to dig deeper, at your pace. Creating and being a safe, inviting, warm and connected space is a passion of mine. It is such a privilege to bear witness to people reclaiming themselves and finding freedom from trauma!
(816) 323-3428
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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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Cheryl Mark
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MA, LPC, NCC, BCN
Verified
Verified
Most people are doing the best they can in life with the skills they have available. When life becomes overwhelming, unbearable, or unfulfilling, counseling can help you find & experience the joy & love you desire - even in the face of adversity. Counseling can be helpful when you are ready to make changes in your life and when you desire someone to journey with you to realize your best self. In our work together, we will collaborate to set goals that you want to achieve. For some, this may be a change in how you are thinking and feeling. For others, you might be ready to work to find deeper healing through processing your trauma.
(816) 600-0021
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Nina Tzianos
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Someone once told me that everyone is walking around with an 'under construction' sign above their head, meaning that behind the scenes everyone is working on something. My goal is to help you alter your perception of you, and to assist you in finding your way to living a life you find fulfilling. Occasionally we are found at a crossroads and are in need of some type of support, or change. I have experience treating a wide variety of clients including LGBTQ youth and adults, marriage and couples, athletes, and first responders.
(816) 844-6320
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Emily Duggan- Accepting New Clients
MA, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
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.
(833) 316-0505
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Cara Gruhala
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Kimberly Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Now accepting new clients for February! I hold in person sessions at my downtown Lee's Summit office, as well as online. I enjoy working with stress and burnout among parents and professionals, those going through life transitions (high school seniors, college students, young professionals, pre-marital couples, expecting and new parents), grief and loss, relationship challenges, past or present trauma/adverse life experiences, and those that are new to therapy. I work with both individuals and couples!
(816) 239-3694
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Emotionally Focused Therapists

Who is emotionally focused therapy for?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is for couples who are emotionally distressed, stuck in an unsatisfying relationship pattern or feeling deeply alienated. They may even believe the relationship is beyond repair. Very often, the partners display intense anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal in the relationship. In addition, EFT is helpful to couples and individuals who have difficulty expressing emotions and those who have trouble regulating emotions.

Why do people need emotionally focused therapy?

People need emotionally focused therapy because the need for others is built into the brain, but the pressures of daily life can erode feelings of love, and couples often do not have the skills to find their way back to the comfort of each other. Instead, they may be stuck in repetitive patterns of anger, fear, grief, loss of trust, or a sense of betrayal. Emotionally focused therapy regards such strong negative feelings as expressions of protest over the loss of connection and turns them into pathways of reconnection.

What happens in emotionally focused therapy?

Over the course of eight to 20 weekly sessions, couples de-escalate their negative emotional reactivity to one another so that they can listen to each other and be responsive to each other’s needs. Then the deep emotional and physical bond is restored, giving partners a sense of comfort and security, which they can use to solve whatever problems come their way. The therapist plays an active role, helping partners understand how anger and withdrawal are actually misguided cries for connection.

What problems does emotionally focused therapy treat?

EFT is designed to help couples stuck in dysfunctional relationship patterns regain closeness and rebuild their relationship. Typically, such couples experience considerable distress, with partners feeling alienated and distrustful of one another, not certain their relationship can survive. EFT is also helpful to individuals experiencing attachment-related fears of loss; it helps them learn to use their fears as a way of eliciting the closeness they desire.