There’s an old adage “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” and I think there’s a lot of truth to that. Now, clearly, you do care that your counselor is licensed and has the proper training, but once you know that, what you are likely interested in is “how will this person treat me?”
I’m going to try to address that so you can have some idea of what to expect with me. And I invite you to give me a call to talk with me, as well. And below this, I’ve included some information about my training, etc.
What I Believe
My beliefs inform how I approach therapy. I think you should know what those beliefs are:
1) I believe people are doing the best they can at the present time. And when they know better, they do better. (Yes, this is taken from Maya Angelou). My role is to work with you to help you find YOUR better. That is, the best and most right solutions for you.
2) I believe the huge body of research which shows that the relationship between client and therapist is one of the key elements in healing. Because of this, I ask my clients to fill out a session evaluation which lets me know how they feel I did, what I did well, and what I could do better. Some people are uncomfortable with this idea and worry about criticizing me or hurting my feelings. I don’t insist upon it for these people, but I ask people to consider giving me feedback if they begin to feel more comfortable with me. The research shows that therapists who do ask for such feedback have clients who get better results. And I’m all about doing what will help you the most.
3) I believe you are the expert in you. You know far better than I do what you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing, and what your hopes and dreams are. Because of this, I like to work as a team. I use the analogy of being a trail guide. You tell me where you’d like to go, and then I suggest some routes we can take to get there. Now I can hear someone saying, “But what if I don’t know where exactly I want to end up?” Then we start off on the trail together and start exploring to see which direction you want to choose. It’s a partnership of my knowledge of therapy and your expertise about yourself.
4) I believe that just about everyone has an inner critic that is too harsh and mean. (You know, that voice in your head which says things like, “Well, you sure screwed that up, didn’t you!”) I also believe that this inner critic believes it is acting in your best interests. No one else in the world has as much impact on the quality of your life as that inner voice which is with you 24/7. That’s why I believe it’s important to look at how we can coach it to become a supportive voice which cheers you on.
I am a board-certified counselor. I earned a Master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health from Mid-America Nazarene University in 2017. I am a certified grief counselor and I’m board certified in distance therapy (video counseling), which I do offer depending on the issue. Additionally, I have specialized training in treating insomnia with CBT-I. This is a drug-free treatment that is very effective in treating insomnia and it is very brief, taking an average of only 5 to 8 sessions.
And, finally, let me mention that I am licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. I practice under both licenses in my Missouri office, which is why my paperwork contains a page that deals with a requirement of Kansas law. Additionally, because have not yet attained the top tier license, I am supervised by Jennifer Agee. If you ever have a question or concern you are welcome to contact Jennifer at 913-237-3011 to discuss it. Supervision means you get the benefit of two therapists when you see me.
Please do not hesitate to call or text me at 816-226-4678 if you have questions. You may also email me, but please remember that email and text are not considered secure and it’s not recommended you include sensitive information in either.