B.A. Psychology Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio A small private liberal arts college specializing in progressive education and values
M.S.W. 1988 Clinical Social Work with emphasis in mental health University of Kansas Member, Scholastic /Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
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My Therapeutic Approach
I have worked as a therapist in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, and opened my private practice in 1990 on the Country Club Plaza.
I work with teenagers, adults, individuals, couples and families, as well as young children within the context of family therapy.
I offer a breadth and depth of experience and skills, having had specialized training in working with a variety of issues that include depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, dissociative disorders, PTSD, LGBTQ issues, including gender spectrum and identity, 12 Step model addiction recovery, codependency, chronic medical conditions, women's issues, grief and loss, spiritual and anomalous experiences.
I am also a certified hypnotherapist and can utilize this technique as part of the psychotherapy process. As part of the personal growth process, I also facilitate mindfulness techniques and draw on a variety of theoretical approaches such as Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Client Centered, Energy work, Cognitive Behavioral, Family Systems, as well as more esoteric perspectives when helpful.
I'm eclectic with regard to treatment model and use whatever techniques you are most comfortable with, and that would the most effective. My priority is your comfort level and personal empowerment with regard to your path of personal growth. I am able to work with you on specific situations and more immediate "surface" issues, but I especially enjoy working to uncover and resolve deeper underlying issues that may be contributing to repetitive, unhealthy, non constructive life patterns.
In my experience, the best growth and progress comes from using all tools available to us, working with the whole person, and allowing you to find the balance that is right for you with regard to your mind, body, and spirit.
*Board member, Passages Youth Services Providing support groups and activities for LGBT youth
*Board of Trustees Jackson County Mental Health Tax Board, Chair of Audit Committee. Providing grant funding to area wide social service and mental health agencies
*Board member and President Western Missouri Mental Health Center
*Regional Advisory Board and Vice President, Missouri Department of Mental Health
*Board member and President, Friends of Western Missouri Mental Health Center
National Association of Social Workers
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
University of Kansas Alumni Association
Radloff, L. and Monroe, M.K. Sex differences in helplessness-with implications for depression. In L. Hansen and R. Rapoza (Eds.) Career Development and Counseling of Women. Charles Thomas, publisher