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Counseling and Therapy ServicesCounseling and Therapy in Kansas City

 
If you are looking for a way to get on top of issues that have been holding you back, then look to the caring therapists at The Family Conservancy. Our licensed therapists have helped thousands of individuals and families face life’s challenges. We can help you:
  • Overcome depression and anxiety
  • Learn stress management skills
  • Overcome trauma
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Adjust to major life changes – divorce, loss, aging parents
  • Enhance parenting skills 913.742.4357
  • Reduce childhood or adolescent stress
  • Strengthen your relationships / marriage
  • Manage anger
  • Reduce family violence
 

To Get Started

Please call 913.742.4357 (HELP) to learn about counseling services in your area or complete the short form below.
Para servicios en español, llame al 913.573.1110.

 

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Why Choose The Family Conservancy?

Why Choose The Family Conservancy?

  • 3 locations throughout the KC metro area
  • Years of experience
  • Specialties include: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, trauma, domestic violence, parent/child, child/behavioral issues, child counseling, firesetters, sexual abuse, LGBTQ, couples, immigration, juvenile fire setters
  • Evening hours available
  • Spanish therapists on staff
  • Accredited by the Council on Accreditation

Who Is Eligible

Families, couples, individuals, including children. Families in the seven-county Kansas City metro area are eligible for reduced fees based on income, residency or other criteria.

Counseling Staff

 

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Jennifer Dunsdon, LMSW
Location: Jackson County Family Center
Specialties: anxiety/depression, grief/loss, parent/child relationships,
parenting, trauma
Trained In: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Systems Therapy
Age Groups: Five years to older adult
 
Maureen Francois, LMSW, CPT
Location: Johnson County Family Center
Specialties: child behavioral support, parent/child relationships, parenting, PTSD, trauma, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, grief/loss
Trained in: Certificate in Play Therapy
Age Groups: birth to older adult
 
Cindy Garcia, LMSW
Location: Wyandotte County Family Center
Specialties: depression/anxiety, parent/child, child behavioral issues, grief/loss, parent/child relationships, parenting, trauma, play-centered and art-centered therapeutic interventions
Trained In: Trauma Informed Care
Age groups: Birth to adult
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Glenda Hernandez, LMSW
Location: Johnson County Family Center
Specialties: depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, domestic violence, grief/loss, parent/child, child/behavioral issues, sexual abuse, couple's therapy, immigration, veterans
Trained In: Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Play Therapy
Age Groups: Three years to older adult
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French

Lara Johnson, LSCSW, LCSW
Location: Jackson County Family Center
Specialties: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, PTSD, parent/child, fire setters (children)
Trained in: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Juvenile Fire Setter's Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Basic Training in EMDR Therapy
Age groups: Three years to older adults
 
Lacey Koester, LMSW
Location: Wyandotte County Family Center
Specialties: anxiety, child/behavioral issues, depression, domestic violence, grief/loss, immigration, parent/child relationships, refugees, sexual abuse, trauma
Trained In: Feedback Informed Treatment and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Age Groups: Three years to older adult
Languages Spoken: English, Portuguese, Spanish
 
Sarah Manriquez, LSCSW, LCSW
Location: Wyandotte County Family Center
Specialties: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, anger/conflict management, parent/child, child/behavioral issues, trauma, sexual abuse, LGBTQIA, couples, immigration, juvenile fire setters
Trained In: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, and Conscious Discipline
Age Groups: Birth to older adults
Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Valerie Owings, LPC, RPT
Location: Jackson County Family Center
Specialties: Trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, parenting, family issues, adolescent issues, sexual abuse/sexual assault, foster care/adoption
Trained In: Trauma - adults and children, Trauma Systems Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy
Age Groups: Three years to older adults
 
Fior Sandoval, LMSW
Location: Jackson County Family Center
Specialties: anxiety, depression, domestic violence, immigration, grief & loss, trauma, sexual abuse, parent/child, chronic illness and disability, caregiver issues and stress.
Trained In: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Age Groups: 5 years to older adults
Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Amber Thomas, LMSW, LSCSW
Location: Wyandotte County Family Center
Specialties: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, crisis debriefing, parent/child, child/behavioral issues, sexual abuse, LGBTQIA, couples
Trained In: Basic Training in EMDR Therapy
Age Groups: Birth to adults
 

Clinical Director

Marla Baldwin, LSCSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Specialties: Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Couples, Parent/Child, Child/Behavioral, and LGBTQIA.
Trained in: Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Age Groups: Birth to older adult

Fees and Insurance

The Family Conservancy accepts a number of insurance plans and is contracted with various Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s).

If you don’t have insurance or EAP benefits, The Family Conservancy has a sliding scale fee based on gross household income and family size, supplemented by United Way funding. Other grant funding sources are also available to assist with fees for qualifying participants.

Clients are expected to pay for services (insurance copayment or sliding scale fee) at the time of service. If reports for a third party are required, payment of an additional service fee is required prior to the release of findings. For your convenience we accept Mastercard, VISA, Discover, debit cards, money orders, cash and checks.

To make a first time appointment or for further information regarding fees for service, call our Central Scheduling line at 913.742.4357 or our Dame La Mano Voicemail at (913) 573-1110.

Articles and Resources

Counseling Locations

We provide counseling services and group classes from our three Family Support Centers. We offer day and evening appointments. At this time, Spanish services are available at all three locations.

Please call  913-742-4357 (HELP) to schedule an appointment at any of our family centers.  Para servicios en español, llame al 913.573.1110.

KANSAS
Johnson County Family Center
4600 West 51st Street, Suite 301
Roeland Park, KS 66205
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Wyandotte County Family Center
5424 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66102
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MISSOURI

Jackson County Family Center
Blue Ridge Tower Building
4240 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Suite 434
Kansas City, MO 64133
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Parenting Services

Parenting is no easy task. At times, it can be extremely challenging causing anxiety, frustration and stress. Whether you're a new, first-time parent, or you're dealing with a issue that has arisen as you progress as a parent, The Family Conservancy's licensed counselors and therapists can help.

Counseling can help parents:

  • Address the root cause of difficulties and implement appropriate solutions to unacceptable behavior.
  • Recognize and reinforce desired behaviors.
  • Understand the educational needs of their child.
  • Provide information about child development.
  • Strengthen the parent and child relationship through a variety of techniques and strategies.

 

Crisis Hotlines

The Kansas City DV Crisis Hotline is metro wide: 816.468.5463
The Kansas City Youth Crisis Line is 816.741.8701
The contact information for MOCSA (Sexual Assault specialists) is 816.531.0233

Domestic Violence Services

If you or someone you know has experienced emotional, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse in a present or past relationship, please consider getting help. Individual counseling is avaemergency leave the siteilable for FREE for Kansans who have experienced domestic violence or some form of abuse. 

To make an appointment, please call 913-742- HELP (4357). Services are available to both adults and children, and are also available in Spanish by calling 913-573-1110.

Examples of topics that may be addressed include:

  • Understanding Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Warning signs of an abusive relationship
  • Obtaining Resources and Support
  • Safety Planning Resources

WARNING: An abuser may monitor the websites you visit.  Please read these tips on Internet Safety on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.

Links

Local Domestic Violence Shelters

  • Hope House, 816.461.4673 
  • Rose Brooks, 816.861.6100
  • Safe Home, 913.262.2868
  • Safe Haven, 816.321.7050
  • Newhouse 816.471.5800
  • Joyce Williams, 913.321.0951

Crisis Hotline

  • The Kansas City DV Crisis Hotline is metro wide: 816.468.5463

This grant project is funded or partially funded by the Federal Victims of Crime Act as administered by Kansas Governor's Grants Program. The opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Services for Grieving and Traumatized Children

Stats

  • One in nine Americans loses a parent before they turn 20, while one in 7 lose either a parent or a sibling according to research by The New York Life Foundation
  • Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma (National Survey of Children’s Health)
  • One in 15 children is exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90 percent of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
  • Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. (Furstenberg, Peterson, Nord, and Zill, “Life Course”)
  • “The unaddressed consequences of traumatic experiences impact the family’s capacity for safe partnering and nurturing parenting.” (A Social Worker’s Toolkit For Working with Immigrant Families. Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System September 2010, p.9

 

Impact of Loss/Trauma on Children/Teens

  • Experience a wide range of emotions—depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, confusion, guilt
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased school performance
  • Fearful about their future and the safety of self and others
  • Easily triggered when something reminds them of the past trauma/loss
  • Act out in unproductive and potentially dangerous ways
  • Often suffer in silence and isolation, with few opportunities to share their feelings
  • Misdiagnosed with conduct disorders or oppositional defiant disorders
     

Immigrant Families - Trauma and Loss

  • Immigrant families often experience additional layers of trauma and loss. These can be due to intergenerational trauma, acculturation and loss of connection to traditional culture, reduced peer acceptance, acculturative stress, and discrimination.
  • Families who experience trauma often experience “peri-migration trauma”
  • Peri-migration trauma refers to psychological distress occurring at four points of the migration process
    • Events before migration (e.g., extreme poverty, war exposure or torture)
    • Events during migration (e.g., parental separation, physical and sexual assault, theft of the money saved to immigrate with, exploitation at the hands of a human smuggler, hunger, or death of traveling companions)
    • Continued rejection and suffering while going through the immigration process (e.g., chronic deprivation of basic needs)
    • Survival as an immigrant (e.g., substandard living conditions, lack of sufficient income or racism).

Reference: (A Social Worker’s Toolkit For Working with Immigrant Families. Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System September 2010, p.10)

 

 

Therapeutic Approaches Utilized

  • Play therapy – utilized to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development through the use of play and non-verbal processing
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – recognized as trauma treatment intervention, also used with depression and anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – an effective treatment for anxiety, panic, depression and general mental health issues
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.
  • Conscious Discipline Framework - helping increase calm and self regulation through creating safe connections
     

Positive Impact of Therapy

  • Feelings are validated and normalized
  • Grief and loss information can be learned
  • Anxiety and depression are addressed
  • Overwhelming feelings are addressed
  • Feelings of Isolation are decreased
  • Communication with loved ones increases
  • Ability to focus in school improves
     

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