Independence, Missouri Therapists

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Jon Staples
LCSW, MSW
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

I'm Jon, a Clinical Social Worker in Kansas and Missouri. I've been providing professional mental health services since 2012. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas. I specialize in treating anxiety but...
In-Person Sessions:

Mission, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

Therapy is so much more than sitting on a couch and talking about feelings. Therapy is a deeply personal experience where space is created to get to know yourself, figure out what’s driving your relationships, and gain confidence in your ability...
Vonetta Mcclunie
LMFT, MS, Occupational Therapist
In-Person Sessions:

Blue Springs, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

Hello, my name is Vonetta and I have a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friend's University and a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Howard University. I have additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri

I offer a therapy called Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT). It's a specialty treatment for people with excessive control - introverts, perfectionists, worriers, brooders, and the notably stubborn. When self-control is over-expressed, people struggle to...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

I enjoy helping those who are looking for help and solutions to their problems. I began working for those with relationship issues and sexual addictions. I have worked with women and children dealing with various trauma-related situations. ​ I...
Rachel Bichara
PLPC (MO), LPC (KS)
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

Let's be honest... talking about your mental health with a stranger is not easy! Yet; I'm here to provide a space for just that. Getting started in therapy may seem unnatural in some ways, but I believe that the benefits are so great that everyone...
Diana Johnson
LPC-Supervisor 1, L.P.C, LCPC, MS
In-Person Sessions:

Liberty, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

In-Person Sessions:

Lees Summit, Missouri

Each of us bring a unique perspective to how we interact with the world around us. I pride myself in maintaining a position of openness and radical acceptance. It is said that those that practice what they teach are most effective as clinicians....
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Lenexa, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

Today marks the day I return home to myself." - B. Taplin. Many experiences in life can leave us feeling lost and disconnected from ourselves. Perhaps you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, exhausted, or discouraged. Maybe you're asking yourself,...
Dr. Monique Burns
LCSW, Ph.D., LSCSW
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

For the past 30 years, I have held positions in clinical, administrative, and academic social work. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. Together through discussion, new ideas come to the surface to shed light on patterns of...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

My clients are sensitive, smart, and creative, but may find these strengths difficult to access and manage. As a result they may feel disconnected, anxious, and depressed. They often self medicate with alcohol, drugs, or food. I help people...
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Kansas City, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri

My passion is assisting individuals and families to achieve meaning and purpose in their lives by providing a holistic counseling approach of instruction, guidance, and insight for personal development and emotional growth. I will always come with a...
Cindy Eldridge
LPC-Supervisor 1
In-Person Sessions:

Kansas City, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri

Hello! I'm Cindy, the founder of Living Waters. I help people who are searching for that part of themselves which seems lost. I am passionate about working with people who have lost their sense of self-identity and belonging. Whether it stems from...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

Your pain is real and your pain is valid. Are you tired of pretending that “everything is fine” when you are deeply hurting inside? Are you tried of wearing a mask and keeping parts of yourself hidden? Is your body trying to tell you about the...
Lisa Jonas
LCSW, LSCSW
In-Person Sessions:

Kansas City, MIssouri

Hello! My name is Lisa Jonas. I am a licensed social worker in the state of Missouri. I work with individuals who are suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and other life issues. I believe that you are the expert in...

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Independence, Missouri

For many, life in Independence, Missouri is the apex of midwestern life. The cost to live in the is significantly cheaper than much of the rest of the nation, especially other cities. Many people suggest moving to Independence because it is the perfect balance between city and country living. All of the same amenities found in other, sometimes larger cities, are easy to access. Practically around almost every corner you can find a place to do some shopping, catch some entertainment, or grab a bite to eat.

Furthermore, if you are a fan of saving on gas and walking to locations instead of driving, Independence has you covered. There are plenty of walkable neighborhoods as well as a decently efficient public transportation system. Notably, almost 120,000 people are residents of Independence, as per the most recent 2017 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For most, the primary motivation behind a decision to move to a new city has to do with a job opportunity. Raises in pay or the promise of a new job altogether are typically why people move. Independence, Missouri is no exception. However, not everybody willing to participate in the workforce is able to do so. Over the last decade, the job market has been deteriorating. Now, the unemployment rate of the area surpasses the national average. People all over the city are finding it hard to make ends meet. Independence’s economic problems are contributing to a separate complex issue the city is facing. Experts are saying Independence, along with the rest of the country, is going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s break down what that means, what is causing the situation in Independence to be so poor, and what you can do to get in contact with a therapist who can help if you are in need.

The unfortunate reality is the mental health of America as a whole is deteriorating– skyrocketing rates of mental illness is not specific to just one city. A revealing study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates as many as 50 percent of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point during their life. Narrowing the microscope to focus on the state of Missouri is not much better. As per a 2017 study commissioned by Mental Health America, the state of Missouri ranks amongst the top 55 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness amongst adult and youth citizens. In this context and for future reference, the term mental illness refers to any behavioral condition one can be diagnosed with ranging in severity. For example, generalized anxiety disorder or clinical depression. So, why is the mental health of the community in Independence worsening?

Firstly, Independence has a significant crime problem. Specifically, crimes that are violent are especially frequent relative to the rest of the United States. According to statistics sourced from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city of Independence is 110 percent higher than the national average. Thankfully, officials are recognizing the need to combat the staggeringly high crime rate in the area and are attempting to do so. The link relationship between crime and mental health is significant. It is no secret that areas with higher rates of crime also have higher rates of mental illness. That being said, results are not going to come to fruition overnight. In the meantime, it is no doubt the rampant nature of crime in Independence is negatively impacting the mental health of its citizenry.

Independence, Missouri also does not have the strongest economy. Not only is the average income per capita significantly lower than the rest of the country, but the poverty level in the area is also almost 20 percent higher than the national average. Unfortunately, there is a strong link between poverty and mental illness. As per a recent report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American adults living below the poverty level put forth by the federal government are more than two times as likely to be dealing with a diagnosable mental health condition.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Independence, Missouri

Contrary to popular belief, far too many Americans are finding the process of reaching out to a counselor for help as being troublesome. Some people report feeling overwhelmed. It is best to create a list of reasonable goals you wish to achieve throughout your time in therapy before attending. Alarming statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health suggest that a clear majority of mentally ill American citizens do not receive any form of treatment during any given year. Experts are partly blaming the nationwide shortage of mental health care professionals providing care as being a reason behind why so many people do not get the help they need.

In the case of Independence, poorly crafted public policy, poverty, and stigma surrounding mental illness are what researchers suggest focusing on improving. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, inhabitants of Independence are two times as likely to lack any form of health insurance. Vast swaths of these people are also low-income earners. For them, the out-of-pocket expense of counseling is not economically feasible, ruling out any prospects of mental health care.

Mental Health Resources in Independence, Missouri

Fortunately, thanks to attention from state and federal entities, the government is allocating more funds towards the fight against mental illness, allowing for the opening of more clinics servicing the community. For example, the Spring House is a local mental health clinic offering a bevy of resources to those in need. Great Circle is a similar institution in the Independence area.

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