In life, your mental health can take you far. When you feel like you can’t go on, having a boost in confidence can help you with life’s problems. However, depression, anxiety, and other life problems can tell you otherwise. If you want to get past that, there is hope, and that hope is a counselor in Leawood. 

Leawood is a nice little place to live, and if you want to get the most out of it, speak to a counselor. They can help you by giving you goals to accomplish. Speak to a counselor today and learn more.

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Patricia Lord

Offering therapy in KS
License: MA, LCPC,RPT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
5 years of experience

I believe everyone has a unique story and it is in sharing these stories that I can offer empathy and hope to my clients. I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and my certification as a Play Therapist, and work extensively with adolescents, teens and young adults. My experience includes working with all ages and stages of divorce, co-parenting and step parenting relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, stress and depression, trauma, domestic violence and self harming behaviors. My work also includes assisting with behavioral, adjustment and attachment issues. With teens I have worked with self harm (non-suicidal), divorce of parents, adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, handling expectations in a healthy way, understanding boundaries, among other things. I utilize therapy modalities and treatment approaches including client-focused, experiential, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapies. I am committed to my client and the therapeutic process of helping them achieve their goals and gain satisfaction and joy in all aspects of their lives.

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Angee Luinstra

Offering therapy in KS
License: LCMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
22 years of experience

I have a passion for helping others while meeting them where they are in their life challenges. I have over 15 years experience working with anxiety, depression, relational struggles, employment difficulties, grief and loss, life transitions, parenting challenges, family and couple conflict. I desire to instill hope in everyone I work with through warmth and compassion. Using a strengths-based approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help others facilitate growth and reach clients desired goals. When working with couples, I assist them to pursue their desired relationship through the use of Gottman Resources, including Level 1 training and assessments.

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Carole LaFreniere

Offering therapy in KS
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

My name is Carole LaFreniere, and I work with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and those who have experienced trauma and sexual assault. I have my Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and hold certifications as a Trauma Professional, Grief Therapist and as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider. I have training in EMDR as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy. I have worked in the mental health field for the last 6 years, both with inpatient psychiatric patients and individual patients in the community. I consider the client/therapist relationship to be the most important piece in therapy. I believe in a collaborative approach to setting goals and working on problems with an eye to finding solutions. My approach in therapy combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I take a strengths approach and consider the whole person in the environment they are in. Since everyone is an individual, I will work with you to design a personalized treatment plan to meet your goals. I am non-judgmental, empathetic and incorporate a sense of humor into our session. If your ready to take the first steps toward making changes, i would love to help you achieve those changes. I take appointments in the evenings and weekends to accommodate working adults.

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Karen Murphree

Offering therapy in KS
License: LCSW #1496
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty-five years of experience assisting adults and couples with challenges such as stress, depression, anxiety, self-worth, abuse/trauma, chronic and acute health concerns, grief, loss, end of life issues, and finding connections to spirituality apart from traditional organized religion. I was also a licensed practical nurse years ago and have completed a year of health coaching training. I am passionate about the food/mood connection and its bridge between physical and mental health. I have also taken some graduate level courses in complementary and alternative medicine because I also have a special interest in holistic health and healing. I have a very eclectic approach that draws from multiple modalities. I have a background in traditional psychotherapy, but prefer to come from a "whole person" strength-based approach rather than the traditional "illness-based" approach. I like to use the other senses in addition to "the mind" and might make use of music, art, movement, or even aromatherapy approaches. My approach seeks to offer genuine acceptance of who you are right now, helping you discover who you would like to be, and finding ways with you to make progress toward your goals. Edison said, "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that do not work." I would appreciate an opportunity to look with you to finding ways that DO work for you. Thank you for looking at my information. If you think we might work well together, please get in touch. If you don't feel a connection to me, there are many other very qualified persons on this site. Don't give up! Keep looking till you find someone that you think you would work well with! Someone is out there in the other profiles that would be a good match for you! I wish you the best, and applaud your courage in being willing to take a look at other options for your life if you are feeling troubled.

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Melaney Courtice

Offering therapy in KS
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTParenting issuesDepressionADHD
15 years of experience

Hi, I’m Melaney, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kansas City, MO. I have over 15 years of experience working with adults, children and families on a kaleidoscope of issues and challenges. I am a mother of two in a neurodivergent family and the challenges related to this have always been an interest of mine. I am also passionate about working with clients healing from trauma, managing anxiety and depression, navigating a rigid world from a neurodivergent perspective, mending relationships, making big life changes, experiencing stuck-ness and confusion during challenging stages of development, and people struggling to move forward as we navigate through our collective pandemic experience. My work with clients is rooted in finding self-compassion, motivation, and healing both through clinical methods and through everyday life experiences. I value collaboration and trust, and believe it is my responsibility to be transparent, versatile, and attuned. I utilize techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Behavioral Activation techniques. My understanding of the human experience is greatly informed by Family Systems Theory, Trauma-informed Care, theories of human development, and intersectional theories of liberation. Humor, realism, and starting from where you are are at are things I have learned over the years to be indispensable to the therapeutic process. Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me, and I hope to have the chance to learn about you, too!

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Jeremy High

Offering therapy in KS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

Hello and welcome! I am Jeremy a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) in the state of Kansas with 11 years of clinical experience. I am so excited that you are looking into the process of therapy. The courage it takes to start this process is not lost on me. I have experience in many elements of clinical practice including, but not limited to; stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, LGBTQ+ related issues, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. My goal in working with people who elect to work with me is to create an open and honest space where you can learn to improve your overall experience of life without judgement or expectations. In my practice I focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing to improve your confidence in navigating your experiences. I focus on goals based decision making and learning to move away from fear based decisions. I enjoy working with big emotions, and am happy to work with you on your journey. Again, I want to say thankyou and give lots of kudos to you for taking this step! Therapy is a great tool to improve you well-being. I look forward to being a part of your journey and walking with you along the way.

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Tiffany Strickland

Offering therapy in KS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Kansas with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Andrea Skelton

Offering therapy in KS
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Kansas with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & intimacy related issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Monica Turner

Offering therapy in KS
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am LSCSW mental health counselor. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety, depression, family conflicts, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with both children & adults. Taking the first step to seeking a mental health therapist can be difficult, feel free to call I am here to support you in that process of mental well-being.

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Autumn Schowalter

Offering therapy in KS
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoaching
7 years of experience

Hello! My name is Autumn Schowalter. I live in Wichita, Kansas and grew up about 30 minutes away from here on a farm. I have 2 kids; one is in college and the other is in middle school. They are my pride and joy along with my 2 dogs and cat that run our house. I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and I've been a licensed provider in Kansas for over 25 years. My professional work experience in the mental health field has included doing therapy, psychological evaluations, assisting my peers with consultation, and providing supervision to mental health workers and their respective supervisors so they can effectively work with their clientele. My experience includes helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, career difficulties, and depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Leawood

Finding the best therapist close by in Leawood can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Leawood. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Leawood, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Leawood or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Leawood area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Leawood, elsewhere in Johnson, or in the greater state of Kansas.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Leawood area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Leawood therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Leawood due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Leawood may not take health insurance, some in the state of Kansas may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Kansas you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Leawood, Kansas working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Leawood above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Leawood helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Leawood therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Leawood therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Leawood therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in KS, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 66209 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Leawood counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Leawood licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Leawood, Kansas can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Leawood has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Leawood:

66206, 66209, 66211, 66224

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