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Dr. Michaela Hammer

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW, PsyD
Relationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
30 years of experience as a therapist

My specialty & love are helping individuals at transition points of their lives, with a focus from Adolescence to Mid-life and beyond. These are times of dealing with many changes in one's life. These changes may include family, friends, and your role in community. This is also a time when we are surrounded with "Transition Myths" ie; How we SHOULD be feeling, acting and thinking. Some of these are Memory Loss, Depression, Physical Fitness, Sexuality. My goals are to educate and separate myth from fact while helping YOU ease life's transitions so YOU can continue YOUR life with new hopes and dreams, respect and dignity. Each person is UNIQUE! Issues are NOT AGE SPECIFIC and can impact ANYONE at ANY age! With advanced education & experience, I offer Memory Loss & Cognitive functioning assessments. Not all memory loss is permanent. I offer counseling for Pet Grief & Loss. Some individuals have family members with 4 legs vs 2. Those losses are devastating as well and rarely understood by the general public. I have been providing counseling to individuals from many races, religions, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds for over 30 years. I work with preteens to those over 100 years young. I have provided therapy in my office, in individual homes, in schools and in retirement communities, nursing homes and hospitals. I have provided instructional in-services on cultural awareness and aging issues. I have set up memory clinics and performed routine depression and anxiety assessments. One of my newer areas of focus, which was a great unmet need has been providing counseling for those who have lost a "4-legged" family member. This is an area that I receive referrals not only from veterinarians but also family doctors and OB/GYNs, "I am referring Mrs. Smith as she recently lost her only child..."

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Kathleen Levy

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LSCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
43 years of experience as a therapist

My first mental health job was as a Mental Health Technician in an adult inpatient facility connected to a Psychiatric Center in 1972. Next, became a group foster parent (10 foster kids at a time) in Colorado and in Kansas. During the years from 1970-1978, I was a kind of a, 'professional student' studying many diverse subjects (for fun) ultimately graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. During my educational career, I embraced physical fitness as a personal trainer, clinical exercise specialist and 1/2 marathon runner (15 years), a fully-certified Stott Pilates Instructor and student of Quantum physics, an evolved approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. During these decades, I have tended to move away from a, 'pathology' approach and toward a strengths perspective approach with a focus on holistic health. Subsequently, I worked at Topeka State Hospital, Memorial Hospital adolescent unit and The Menninger Foundation as a social worker. In 1978, I began in private practice with my late husband, Dr Ed Levy, a child psychiatrist and worked as his partner for 42 years until he passed away in 2018-42 years. After Ed passed away, I continued in our practice as a solo practitioner, LSCSW. In the fall of 2018, I began to see clients through TalkSpace as well as my private practice. For 18 years, I have also owned and taught in my Pilates studio which I moved to my home 6 years ago. I continue to teach Pilates/Yoga/Meditation over Zoom and Face Time from my at home studio. Ed and I raised a combined family of 5 children. We were blessed with 11 grandchildren and now have 8 great grand children. Ed was 17 years my senior and only met one of the great grandchildren before he went to Heaven from a pneumonia that seemed to come out of nowhere. I love animals and have 2 kitty cats whom I adore. They are my companions and my joy day to day. This wonderful balance of work and play is my dream. I always want to see how I can help.

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Connor Wyckoff

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LSCSW
Stress, AnxietyDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience as a therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Kansas with 3 years of experience working at community mental health centers. I have worked with clients with various issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self esteem, self harm, suicidal thoughts, intrusive negative thoughts. I primarily use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) in my approach to working with clients. I have found that many people are more comfortable when I approach our conversations more casually, so I try to connect with people on a personally level by bringing my personality into session. I recognize that everyone is different and has different preferences so I am open to any feedback that will help me learn what works best for you.

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Ashley Louie

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): Phd,LP
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a therapist

I am a Licensed Psychologist in Kansas and have 10 years of experience working with kids, adolescents, and families. I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology with specialized training in child and family psychology. I completed a pre-doctoral internship in pediatric psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychology. I have advanced competency working with kids and families with anxiety and depressive disorders, behavior issues, social stressors, and academic problems. My work with families has included inpatient (medical and psychiatric hospitalization) and outpatient clinics (behavioral health, sleep disorders). As a member of a military family, I have a special interest working with families facing challenges unique to military life (e.g., deployment, relocation, parental separation). Parenting is tough! My goal is to work with you to identify goals, build skills, and make helpful changes.

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Carie Brown

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LSCSW,LCAC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
17 years of experience as a therapist

I have provided behavioral health services to patients and families of all ages. I have worked in the social work field since 2000 and have worked in the mental health hospital setting as well as community mental health. I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2000 from Fort Hays State University and then obtained my Master of Social Work degree in 2003 from Newman University in Wichita. I pride myself on providing quality care to my patients and has collaborated successfully with other community organizations throughout her career. I am licensed to provide Drug and Alcohol services and specializes in working with adolescents and families.

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Kristin Gayden

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LCPC,LPC,RPT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
10 years of experience as a therapist

Samantha offers you a safe space where you can feel accepted for who you are without judgement. You’ll feel a strong sense of empathy and caring from her as you work as a collaborative, trusting team to set goals and overcome the challenges you’re facing. Samantha can help clients address many issues, including those related to change and adjustment, emotions regulation, self-care, PTSD, family and other relationships, child/teen behavior, anxiety, depression, marriage, divorce, trauma, abuse, codependency, and faith. She uses techniques like active listening, empowerment, homework, practice activities, and mindfulness. Modalities she draws from include CBT, Person-Centered, Bruce Perry's NMT Model, and DBT. With a Master’s degree in Counseling from Wichita State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Emporia State University, Samantha has worked as a therapist in several types of settings, including residential mental health. Additionally, she has experience working with LGBTQ and in Christian counseling (but works with people of all faiths).

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Kevin Audley

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LCPC,LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience as a therapist

I once fell off a roof over 2 and 1/2 stories to the cement below when I was a mere 20 years old. That near death experience opened my eyes and led me to devote my life to helping others see their innate value and the choices they have to fully experience life. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 25 years and love to help people with anxiety and depression issues. You sometimes cannot change your immediate situation but can change how you look at it. I believe in focusing on what is going well and building upon that. I will quickly help you move past what is upsetting you and on to a better view of your self and your life.

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Louis Koch

Offering therapy in KS
Counselor License Type(s): LSCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesDepression
40 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Missouri with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, lgbt-related issues, & relationship issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Kris Rice

Offering therapy in KS
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepression
9 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Kansas with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, 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. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Jason Dye

Offering therapy in KS
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Kansas with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, depression, & coping with life changes. I am trained in EMDR. I also have experience working with compassion fatigue. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Whitewater

Finding the best therapist close by in Whitewater 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 in Whitewater that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Whitewater. 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 Whitewater, 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 in the Whitewater region and in the state of Kansas. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Whitewater or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Whitewater 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 Whitewater, elsewhere in Butler, 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 Whitewater area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Whitewater 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 Whitewater 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 Whitewater 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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 Whitewater, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Whitewater 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 Whitewater helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Whitewater 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 Whitewater 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 Whitewater 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.

Whitewater therapists 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 Whitewater 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 Whitewater 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in KS, therapists 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 67154 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Whitewater 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Whitewater.

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 from a therapist. A Whitewater 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 with a counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 Whitewater, 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.

Whitewater 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

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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 to customer service 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.

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