OUTPATIENT COUNSELING

Major life events, traumatic experiences and mental health challenges can significantly impact a person’s ability to successfully function at seemingly easy day-to-day tasks. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed about daily activities then outpatient counseling could be an option to provide a positive impact on your life. Outpatient counseling can help individuals and families address the effects of trauma, improve stress management skills and reduce, or eliminate, the need for psychiatric hospitalization. Through outpatient counseling, clients experience personal growth and change by learning skills to process loss and prepare for the future.

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Individuals, children and families of all ages are eligible to receive outpatient counseling. Clients commonly experience the following:

  • Mental health symptoms (depression, anxiety, or even self-harm and suicidal thoughts)
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • A mental health diagnoses
  • Recent birth, death, marriage or divorce
  • Stress of parenting
  • Intergenerational conflicts
  • Academic and housing instability
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Neglect and/or abandonment

      Individual Therapy
      During individual therapy, you will work one-on-one with a trauma-informed therapist to set goals and collaborate together for growth and change.

      Our therapists are trained to help you resolve life, career, family and relationships difficulties. Some issues we often address are:

      • Overcoming depression, anxiety and stress
      • Strengthening self-esteem
      • Dealing with grief, loss and loneliness
      • Resolving career conflicts
      • Identifying and overcome relationship problems
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      Family Therapy
      Families can benefit from therapy when they experience an event that puts stress and strain on the family relationship. During family therapy, your therapist will work with the entire family to address specific challenges that affect the mental health of the family, and together we’ll work toward improving family relationships.

      Through therapy, we’ll work with your family to promote understanding and collaboration while treating the root cause. For families with young children, we’ll also work together to practice and strengthen parenting skills by creating opportunities for positive interactions, as well as provide support and resources in areas that will strengthen your family’s bond.

      Just a few reasons families may seek out family counseling are recent events or experiences that effect the whole family, such as divorce, financial hardships and the death of a loved one, etc.

      We also might recommend family therapy for families that struggle with conflicted relationships. This can include families dealing with depression and anxiety, substance abuse, chronic illness or increased behavioral problems in children and young adults.

      Based on your family’s needs, we can also help direct you to additional tools and resources that can help contribute to your family successfully reaching your counseling goals.

      We also offer more intensive in-home family therapy solutions, like Functional Family Therapy, which is a court-referred program, that work to keep families together.

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      Marriage or Couples Counseling
      Long-term relationships take hard work, a lot of flexibility and plenty of communication. Marriage or couples counseling can help to provide support to couples that might be considering separation or are seeking improvements in intimacy and communication. You might be interested in counseling if your relationship is struggling from any of the following:

      • One, or both, partners have had an affair or are thinking about having an affair.
      • Communication has become increasingly negative.
      • You feel as if you’re more like roommates than a romantic couple.
      • The only resolution appears to be separation.
      • You’re staying together strictly for economic or family-related reasons.
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      Co-Parenting Counseling
      Co-parenting counseling is for parents who are separated, divorced or are in the process of splitting up. We understand that parenting can be challenging, and parenting a child without a personal relationship to their other parent can often create additional obstacles and challenges. During co-parenting counseling, we’ll work with both parents to create emotionally healthy and physically safe parenting strategies. Co-parenting counseling allows both the opportunity to talk about the best interests of their child(ren) in a neutral environment. During counseling, some areas of focus are:

      • Communication
      • Compromising
      • Conflict resolution
      • Parenting styles
      • Setting boundaries – such as discussions related to court, finances and discipline.
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      Play Therapy
      Play therapy is geared toward children and is a therapeutic process that provides them with a safe, protected place to begin emotional healing from stressful events, such as divorce, bullying or trouble at school, a family death or physical illness and traumatic events, as well as gain new skills through social and emotional learning.

      During therapy, the child will be encouraged to explore life events in a manner and pace of the child’s choosing. During this time, the child is assessed to determine how they experience the world, communicate and react to events and people. Play therapy can help children:

      • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
      • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
      • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
      • Learn to experience and express emotion.
      • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
      • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
      • Develop self-efficacy and thus feel better about their abilities.
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      Family Resilience Program (Missouri)
      Through our Family Resilience Initiative, we are able to provide home- and school-based therapeutic services for children 2–12 years old to help equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in school. Through this program, we are able to provide a full-range of therapeutic services including assessment and evaluation, play and family therapies, service coordination and classroom consultation to help stabilize children in the classroom and provide support to caregivers in the home. We partner with Head Start, local school districts and early childhood education providers.

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      Substance Abuse Therapy
      As drug and alcohol use and abuse increase due to life pressures and lack of healthy coping skills, structured therapy becomes necessary as will power has been proven to be ineffective. Counseling is an essential part of drug and alcohol abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavior therapy, family counseling and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute or co-occur with drug and alcohol abuse.

      • Those struggling with addictions can self-refer themselves to our counseling options; However, we also accept referrals from other referral partners, such as the court.
      • We will provide options to coordinate with medical professionals when medication treatment is deemed necessary for mood issues associated with the addiction struggles. If detox is necessary, referrals can be made to help with appropriate services which are available locally.
      • Primary focuses of therapy will help the individual to understand the connection between mental illness and drug and/or alcohol use as strategies for coping. Developing healthier coping skills while slowly eliminating the cravings can be a goal for success.

      We also offer substance abuse treatment for youth under 18 years old who have abused drugs and/or alcohol or who live with family where addiction is present.

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      Our certification in trauma-informed care drives our treatment philosophy. We are committed to recognizing, understanding and responding to the effects of trauma and mental health challenges in an environment that promotes healing in individuals and families. You'll learn more about our treatment philosophy during your sessions, but first we need some information from you.

      When you first call us:
      You can call the numbers listed below in order to begin the first step to setting up an initial visit. Upon calling, we’ll ask some initial questions to receive your information, and can discuss your payment and insurance options. You then can expect to hear back from a therapist or counselor within 24 – 48 hours to discuss your options and to schedule an appointment.

      The frequency and length of the intervention process will vary based on your individual needs and the therapist’s assessment.

      Prior to your first session:
      Prior to your first session, you will have some initial paperwork to fill out. This will be provided to you after your first phone call. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the paperwork. Completing any forms provided prior to your appointment will help to decrease any potential delays to care.

      In your first counseling session:
      During your first session, you’ll need to sign a consent form, as well as provide a list of names and contact information if there are any other organizations that we’ll need to coordinate with in regards to the services received. This could include medical organizations, court referrers or insurance providers. During this time, you’ll also need to be prepared to provide personal history and experiences for an in-depth assessment. We’ll also give you a few assessment tools to complete during the initial visit.

          We are sensitive to financial stress, which is why we’ll work with you to find the payment option that works best for you. Some of our locations offer a sliding scale fee based on gross yearly income, and others are able to offer a variety of funding services based on the service provided and location. Insurance and Medicaid are accepted. If you are currently uninsured, let us know during the initial intake call and we’ll work together to find a solution that works for you.

          Please make sure to have your insurance and/or payment source ready when you call the number for initial intake.

          You can contact us at 855-778-5437, option 5, to begin the intake process.

          Upon calling, you will be given the opportunity to complete the required referral form with the assistance of a resiliency specialist or on your own. If you choose to complete the form on your own, it will be sent to you via email or fax along with an informed consent form.

          Our service locations are:

          • Overland Park, KS
            Cornerstones of Care — Overland Park
            6420 W 95th St, Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66212
          • Roeland Park, KS
            Cornerstones of Care — Roeland Park
            4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park, KS 66205 
          • Kansas City, MO
            Cornerstones of Care — Gillis Campus
            8150 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114

            Cornerstones of Care — Hyde Park 
            300 E 36th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

            Cornerstones of Care — Spofford Campus
            9700 Grandview Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137
          • North Kansas City, MO
            Cornerstones of Care — Kansas City Northland
            3100 NE 83rd St, Suite 1401, Kansas City, MO 64118
          • Maryville, MO 
            Cornerstones of Care — Maryville 
            1212-B S Main, Maryville, MO 64468
          • In Your Home
            Everyone deserves basic healthcare services, including outpatient counseling. When available our team can help to eliminate barriers such as transportation and childcare by offering in-home therapy during the day, evening or weekend. If you have any barriers to care, please let us know and we’ll work with you to determine a time and location that works best for you.

          Meet our team of highly experienced, trauma-informed experts. We look forward to getting to know you!

          Our Kansas Team

          • Sara Barnes, Clinical Manager Outpatient Services
          • David Irwin, FFT Clinical Manager
          • Hannah Archer
          • Dan Avenaim
          • Ben Gleaves
          • Allen Goold
          • Amy Gray
          • Whitney Gudgel
          • Joel Gustafson
          • Jennifer Kennedy
          • Jeremy McCammant
          • Helen Meats 
          • Julie Plunkett 
          • Kathy Ultican

          Our Missouri Team

          • Dr. Lanette R. Madison (St. Louis)
          • Kathryn Sterling, Clinical Manager Outpatient Services
          • Kristine Bouckaert, Admin. Asst. (St. Louis)
          • Staci Hutchison, Admin. Asst.
          • Lindy Harvey, CS worker, Tri-County Services
          • Joyce Adams
          • Jessica Allen (St. Louis)
          • Tyler Breshears
          • Susan Chase
          • Anh Dao
          • Kristen Dody
          • Angela Gregory
          • Monique Haas
          • Allegra Hartman
          • Christy Hyde
          • Ada Jarrar
          • Carrie King
          • Tashima Kinney (St. Louis)
          • Shanna Lapinksi
          • Kendra LeCluyse
          • Kory May (St. Louis)
          • Kirk Shelton
          • Jeff Sturdivan
          • Karen Thornton (St. Louis)
          • Julie Tribelhorn
          • Melissa Vaughns-Guein
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