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One of the unique things about Ken Johnson, is he's someone who does not see people as "broken" and in need of "fixing". Instead, he sees people struggling to deal with life's difficulties and in need of a helping hand. Ken is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and has a background that includes working in private practices, the public school system, Dole Veteran’s Administration’s PTSD clinic. He also received training for trauma-informed treatment from Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston. Ken works with individuals and families ranging from different ages to help address hurdles in life that include PTSD, self-harm, trauma, depression, anger, spirituality, grief, communication , family issues, and divorce. Additionally, Ken is one of the special therapists at our office that works with couples going through relationship issues, premarital counseling, and marriage counseling. He is currently available during the week, offering sessions for mornings, afternoons, and evenings.Read More Request Appointment
Shonda Moore, LSCSW is a State of Kansas licensed clinical social worker and independent practitioner. Shonda received her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Kansas and completed her post-graduate clinical social work supervision at Valeo Behavioral Health Care in Topeka, KS while employed as a psychotherapist. Shonda has 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings (homeless shelters, child welfare—foster care, family preservation, in-home family therapy; community mental health center, hospital emergency room) with people facing life’s many challenges.
Shonda works with adolescents (age 12+) and adults. She provides psychotherapy to individuals affected by depression, bipolar, anxiety; have difficulty managing emotions, suicidal thoughts, and self-injuring behaviors, have trauma-related issues of rape, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse; involvement in accidents, natural disasters, and military combat, with special emphasis on the assessment, diagnoses, and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD; attachment, relational, and adjustment issues, motivation/setting goals, life transitions such as young adult and independence, health problems, divorce, empty nest, retirement; grief and loss, identity issues, self-esteem, spiritual/religion issues. Shonda also works with military veterans and their families around issues related to deployment/reintegration.Read More Request Appointment
Christine Wagner, LSCSW is a State of Kansas licensed clinical social worker. Christine received her Master of Social Work degree at Wichita State University. She has experience working with an array of services 10+ youth, teenagers and adults that include depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, LGBTQ issues, life transitions, adjustment issues, grief and loss, self-esteem and interpersonal relationships.
Christine’s treatment modality is strong solution focused therapy and strength-based perspective. She is committed to working with you to formulate and achieve desired goals in a gentle and respectful manner. She looks forward to working with you and your family in order to provide caring and professional behavioral health services that empower the human spirit.Read More Request Appointment
Melba J. Mc Gilvrey, LCMFT, LCAC, graduated from Friends University in 1997 with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to this, Melba had worked in the addictions field for twelve years, and, began working with individuals, both adult and adolescent, and their family members, in the drug treatment setting. It was here that Melba developed an avid interest in family therapy. Following her graduate studies, Melba went to work in the Family Preservation and Foster Care arena, providing Intensive Reintegration and Family Therapy to families with children in the custody of the State. Melba has been in private practice since 2006, providing Trauma Informed therapy services to individuals and families, with experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction and recovery, relationship issues, codependency, blended family issues, PTSD resulting from Domestic Violence and/or physical and sexual abuse, parenting, and family conflict. Melba has a special interest in Domestic Violence and Women’s Issues.
I work collaboratively with my clients to assist in resolving past and current issues, release outdated beliefs, and to discover what may be blocking their achievement of identified goals and fulfilling their highest potential and desired state of contentment.Read More Request Appointment
Andrea L Skelton, LSCSW, LCAC is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years experience. She received her Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Wichita State University and her Master Degree from Newman University. Andrea has worked in mental health in PRT and mental health centers. Andrea has experience in working with individual therapy, couples therapy, adolescents, seniors issues, anxiety and children disorders.Read More Request Appointment
Sarah is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and has been helping children,teens, and adults for nearly 20 years. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from Kansas State University in 2002 and her Masters degree in Social Work from Newman University in 2004. She is a Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Trainer and additionally completed 1A-Clinical Training from Michelle Garcia Winner (Social Thinking®) in San Jose, CA in 2014.
Working in different school settings Sarah started out as a School Social Worker, then in 2013, she worked part-time as a Private Practitioner creating Social Thinkers of Wichita. Most recently in the past six years, Sarah has served as a Behavior Specialist in multiple School Districts.
Sarah's clients come to her for a variety of reasons including ADHD, depression, anxiety, foster/adoptive family dynamics, as well as non-compliance issues in children. Sarah works primarily with children ranging from 5-18, specializing in working with families and children needing help with Behavioral and Social Skills Training.
When you come and see Sarah you will be welcomed into a non-judgmental, open and empathetic environment that serves as a home. This home gives her clients a safe space to rest, grow, and develop. Sarah currently provides in-person and teletherapy appointments for her clients who have schedules that need weekdays and evenings.Read More Request Appointment
Lauren Macpherson is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker who has 15+ years of experience in the field. Her passion is helping people heal from trauma and cope with life transitions. However, Laurens counseling experience is not limited and ranges from creative/possibility thinking, anger management, spiritual issues, and much more. Additionally, Lauren specializes in using EMDR and CBT therapy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that is used to enable people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. CBT Therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. With these methods she has become seasoned in helping treat people with trauma, anxiety, and the hard stuff that life seems to throw at us. Laurens solution based therapy and unique schedule can be just the opportunity to help you get going forward on this rollercoaster we call life.Read More Request Appointment
Life is a journey that can sometimes be filled with challenges, adversity, hardships, and heartache. Life’s challenges can test emotions, thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses. I hope to give you the tools needed to overcome the difficulties you may face throughout your journey. I strive to offer compassion, encouragement, empowerment, and support. I’m also a firm believer that building a trusting relationship in a safe environment is key to effective intervention.
Amber is a LMSW, who went to Pittsburg State University earning her undergraduate and then onto her graduate degree at Wichita State University in social work. Currently, Amber is licensed through the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board as a master level social worker. She has over 12 years of experience working in a variety of settings which include; Child Welfare, Head Start 0-5, Community Mental Health Centers, Dialysis, and Senior Behavioral Unit.
Amber looks forward to providing an array of services to individuals 18+, geriatric 65+, with an emphasis on depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, adjustment issues, grief, interpersonal relationships, and motivation/setting goals . Amber utilizes strength based perspective cognitive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy/CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy/DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, and Expressive therapy in her therapy practice. She currently is available in the late afternoon/evening for in person and teletherapy sessions during the weekdays.Read More Request Appointment
My name is Virgil Miller SR. I am a Masters’ Level Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist with experience treating clients from a broad spectrum of society in a wide range of situations and circumstances from a children’s psychiatric hospital to a maximum security state prison. Much of my experience is in assessment and referral for appropriate treatments as well as providing treatment using a variety of trauma-informed techniques. Many people don’t understand that Marriage and Family Therapy is not limited to problems in living that affect families and relationships, but is a form of therapy that sees individuals as members of larger psychosocial environments that mutually influence one another for better or worse. Anger, fear, and sadness as well as vivid thoughts and feelings that are not readily apparent to others all can be made better with the right approach to treatment. The father of intelligence testing, Jean Piaget, defined intelligence as the ability to thrive in one’s environment. To help clients regain the piece that allows them to thrive in their environment is my goalRead More Request Appointment
Meaghan Mackey, LMSW earned her Bachelor Degree of Sociology in 2013 at The State University of Purchase College and then completed her Master of Social Work Degree from New York University in 2015. Upon graduation she was extended an offer of employment at the private psychiatric hospital that she had done her internship and worked there for the next three years. During her time at the hospital, Meaghan was able to work with a wide variety of different mental health issues and populations. Her youngest client was 5 and her oldest was 76. In 2018 Meaghan and her family moved to Wichita and she has been working in the school district helping to identify kiddos who are in need of mental health treatment. Meaghan has experience working with individual therapy, couples therapy, adolescents, anxiety and children disorders as well as dual diagnosed autism spectrum disorder/developmental disabilities and mental health issues. Meaghan works hard to create a safe, judgement free space for clients to feel welcome and ready to engage in treatment. Meaghan is available in the late afternoon/evening hours.Read More Request Appointment
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in the state of Kansas. Jessica received her Master of Social Work degree, from The University of Missouri - Kansas City. She has worked as a social worker for over 15 years emphasizing in aging, mental health, and veterans. Focusing on PTSD, anxiety, depression, and life transitions Jessica is trained in CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) for PTSD, CBT-Depression, and uses many other treatment modalities. She is currently finishing her 200 RYT (yoga teaching certification). Jessica’s strong ethical and strengths-based approach along with her diverse personal, professional, and academic endeavors, has led her to be well-prepared to provide you with a safe place to process your life experiences.Read More Request Appointment
Maria is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with a goal to provide the utmost quality of services to individuals struggling with mental health challenges. Maria is also able to work with individuals living with developmental disabilities. Maria received her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Kansas.
Maria has worked as a social worker in a variety of settings including foster care, mental health (inpatient and outpatient) and medical (large teaching hospital) environments, and also has experience working with veterans. Maria specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions and codependency. Maria is trained in cognitive processing therapy (CPT) as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression, and also incorporates other therapeutic modalities in her approach to care, while factoring in a whole health perspective with an ethics and strengths-based focus. Maria’s clinical vision is to “ensure I offer a safe place for clients to experience their vulnerabilities while sharing their stories and give them the tools and understanding of themselves needed to improve their quality of life”.Read More Request Appointment
Lisa Smith is one of our LMSWs who works with adults and children (8+). During her sessions, Lisa reminds us even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again. Lisa's education background includes earning her psychology degree from Friends University and at Newman Lisa gained her master's in social work. With her therapy dog ,Maddie, Lisa utilizes solution focused therapy techniques and mindfulness, cognitive therapy (CBT) during her sessions.
Lisa's clients come to her for a number of reasons including but not limited to; couples therapy, family issues, anger management, play therapy, spirituality, trauma, and PTSD. Lisa also has a unique schedule for later appointments in person or virtual sessions. If you would like to work with Lisa or get more information give us a call.Read More Request Appointment
My name is Simone, and I offer a non-judgmental, listening ear to anyone who needs to talk. I graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Wichita State University in 2016.
I believe that you are the expert of your own life. Through motivational interviewing, you will be encouraged to Be the best version of yourself, whatever that might mean to you. I offer trauma informed care. We will work towards identifying and addressing past and current issues going on in your life.
I offer cognitive therapies to help you identify and address the way you think about yourself and your interactions with others. You will be given tools to gain control over any setbacks and stressors you face.
I also specialize in grief counseling. I offer tools to cope with loss. I can help you work through the death of a loved one, going through divorce or break-up, experiencing a decline in health and independence.
I am available from Monday-Saturday. I offer mornings, afternoon, and evening appointments.Read More Request Appointment
Cindy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who comes to counseling from an education background. She was a high school teacher for a number of years before getting her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Fort Hays State University. She did school counseling for a couple of years and worked for a child advocacy center in western Kansas. She has facilitated a grief group for over four years. She has experience in counseling for grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, Christian issues, women’s issues, and with children and adolescents.
Cindy believes that sometimes people just need to talk to someone, to share what they are going through with someone who will listen. She also believes that the client/therapist relationship is very important to therapy and that trust and a positive regard is vital to the positive outcome. She believes that people have worth and that they have the ability to change their lives for the better. The process of getting there is not always easy, but it is worth it.Read More Request Appointment