Mental Health Services

Counseling and Therapy Services in Kansas City

Counseling and Therapy   Early Childhood Mental Health


Due to COVID-19 our office is closed to the public.  We are currently providing phone and telebehavioral health conferencing for clients.  Please call (913) 742-4357 for scheduling (English) and (913) 573-1110 for scheduling (Spanish).  If the phone is not answered, please leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Counseling and Therapy Services

Whether your problem is large or small, involves the entire family or just one person, we can help you find the direction that is right for you. We provide a variety of counseling services in Kansas City — support and education for children, families, couples, individuals, and groups in Spanish and English.

Please call 913.742.4357 (en español: 913.573.1110) to schedule an appointment or learn about our counseling services.

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Early Childhood Mental Health

Research tells us adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have an effect on brain development, and subsequently, how children process strong emotions. In the early learning setting, these effects can present themselves as behavior issues, which in turn, disrupt the entire classroom. Our team of early childhood mental health professionals work with children, parents and early educators to mitigate the effect of ACEs.

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Featured Mental Health Services

Children and Families
Depression and Anxiety
Trauma and Grief
Domestic Violence
Family / Marriage / Couples

Fees Insurance
and Eligibility

We accept a number of insurance plans. If you don’t have insurance, we offer a sliding scale fee based on gross household income, family size and residency.

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Specialties and Therapies

Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing

TFC clinicians have found EMDR extremely successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress disorder and many other problems. EMDR treatment helps patients process their trauma, moving the experience from a place of isolation to the positive coping mechanisms in the brain.

Play Therapy

TFC therapist utilize play therapy to meet and respond to the mental health needs of young children. Play therapy is acknowledged by experts as an effective and developmentally appropriate intervention in treating children. Play Therapy allows therapists to speak to children in a language they understand — play.

Mental Health Articles
and Resources

September 1, 2021 Funding Will Address Maternal Depression in the Northland Agency News, Mental Health
September 1, 2021 Funding Will Improve Early Childhood Mental Health in the Northland Agency News, Mental Health
May 4, 2021 Moving Beyond Depression Success Agency News, Mental Health
September 9, 2020 Funding Will Address Childhood Mental Health Needs in the Northland Agency News, Mental Health
May 31, 2019 Student Opens Up About Childhood Trauma Agency News, Mental Health
May 24, 2019 Counseling Service in Spanish Agency News, Mental Health
May 20, 2019 Early Childhood Mental Health Success Story Mental Health
May 14, 2019 Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress and Prevention Agency News, Emergency Preparedness, Mental Health
May 6, 2019 TFC Partners with Child Care Centers to Support Traumatized Children  Agency News, Mental Health

Counseling Offices

Jackson County
Family Center

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

Wyandotte County
Family Center

Wyandotte County Family Center
5424 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66102

Meet our Counseling Team

Lara Johnson, LSCSW, LCSW

Location: Jackson County Family Center

Specialties: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, PTSD, parent/child, juvenile fire setters, couples

Trained in: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Juvenile Fire Setter’s Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR Therapy for adults and children, gestalt,  Conscious Discipline

Age groups: Birth  to older adults

Jennifer Dunsdon, LMSW, LCSW

Location: Jackson County Family Center

Specialties: anxiety/depression, grief/loss, parent/child relationships, parenting, trauma

Trained In: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Play therapy, Conscious Discipline and Trauma Systems Therapy

Age Groups: Three years to older adult

Marie Herbert, LMSW

Location: Jackson County Family Center

Specialties: depression, anxiety, trauma, child behavioral issues, anger/conflict management, and substance use

Trained in: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, Person-Centered Therapy, domestic violence, and SBIRT

Age groups: 4 to older adult

Languages spoken: English


Mariah Henry, LMSW

Location: Wyandotte County 

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD/Trauma, Domestic Violence, Parenting

Trained in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, SBIRT Screening and Brief Intervention for Substance Use, ASIST Suicide Intervention, Conscious Discipline, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Amber Thomas, LMSW, LSCSW

Location: Wyandotte County Family Center

Specialties: depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, parent/child, child/behavioral issues, sexual abuse, trauma, grief and loss, couples and family therapy

Trained In: Basic Training in EMDR Therapy for adults and children, Conscious Discipline

Age Groups: Birth to older adults


Jessie Turner, LCSW

Location: Jackson County Family Center

Specialties: Domestic Violence, Trauma, Depression/Anxiety, Attachment

Trained in: EMDR, Domestic Violence, Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care, Conscious Discipline

Age groups: 5 to older adult

Languages spoken: English & Spanish

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