Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Kansas City, Missouri

Find a therapist in Kansas City, Missouri that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Kansas City to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Liz Prewitt

Liz Prewitt, MA, LPC

Welcome! I like to look at life as a journey, sometimes it feels like an amazing adventure, other times it can feel completely overwhelming, challenging, or out of control. Most importantly, it is YOUR unique journey, and I am here to help along the way. My name is Liz and I have worked in the behavioral health field for 12 years. For the last 6 years, I have provided individual therapy to Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray, LCSW

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in this fast paced world. I am here to help you cope and challenge any issues related to relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting struggles and more. Let me partner with you in your transformation to become Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 0 years


Jeanine Taylor

Jeanine Taylor, MSW, LCSW

My name is Jeanine Taylor. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and have been working in the field of social work for almost 20 years. I received my master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and have been in private practice conducting therapy for 13 years. I have significant experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, life changes and stress, marital issues, trauma, and parenting issues. I have a true passion for Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Heather Hanson

Heather Hanson, MA, LPC

I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri since 2009 and have a wide range of experience working with issues related to grief, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, relationship struggles, life adjustment, stress management, mental health and overall well-being. My approach is focused on you and your needs, and I will work collaboratively with you toward healing and being able to move forward. Each person is unique and no two people experience things in the Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Kimberly Brownridge

Kimberly Brownridge, LPC, NCC, BCPC

Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting to strengthen their relationship/marriage. I have experience working with clients navigating the single life, in relationships, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. I am also experienced dealing with depression and trying new ways to help Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


Alexandra Echelmeier

Alexandra Echelmeier, LCSW

Welcome! We all have a journey towards wholeness and healing in this life. The goal is to be strengthened through this journey and to feel empowered. That is where I come in—my primary focus when working with clients is to help clients see their own internal strengths and listen and reconnect with their inner wisdom while working to heal hurts, trauma and addictions. I am a License Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Kristine Wullenweber

Kristine Wullenweber, LCSW

Hello, my name is Kristine. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field and I truly love what I do! I am dedicated to assisting children, adults, couples and families in their efforts to address past and current challenges, utilize their intrinsic strengths and resources and create happy, fulfilling relationships and lives. My therapeutic style is warm, open, forthright, honest and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years


Harriet Gordon

Harriet Gordon, LPC

I am a professional counselor licensed in Missouri with thirteen years' combined experience in the mental health field. For the past 5 years I have worked almost exclusively with children and teens who have experienced abusive trauma, treating anger, depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms that often accompany it. In addition, I have educated and supported adults in addiction recovery, survivors of domestic violence, and parents of traumatized children. My counseling style is Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Sheila Mansfield

Sheila Mansfield, LPC, NCC

Hello, I'm Sheila, a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor (LPC, NCC), and I have been in practice for over 18 years. I love what I do, which is listening, helping and guiding people as they learn the tools to achieve their therapeutic goals. I've worked with individuals, children/adolescents, families, and couples with such issues as grief/loss, anger management, relationship/family conflict, career challenges, depression, anxiety, and communication issues. I've been fortunate to work Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years


Laura Voss

Laura Voss, LCSW

Hello! I am a clinical social worker in the Kansas City area. I have over 6 years of experience working with with people of all ages and backgrounds. My passion is working with people who were victims of childhood trauma. I also really enjoy working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, women's health issues, career difficulties and stress management issues. In addition, I have a lot of experience working with people who are experiencing grief Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Kansas City

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and spreads across four counties. It also spans across two states, with the other being Kansas. The Missouri side is home to the football stadium, baseball stadium, and international airport. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy the barbecue, museums, and jazz that the city has to offer.

In 2016, the population was 481,360, which is more than the 467,700 people that resided there in 2013. It’s safe to say that Kansas City is growing and for a very good reason. It’s considered one of the fastest growing tech cities and has seen 157 percent in growth in year-over-year listings in tech jobs. In addition, the city is considered affordable, especially for people in technology.

Kansas City Demographics

Based on city-data.com, the median household income in Kansas City is $51,235. This figure is lower than the nationwide median household income, which is $59,039. Approximately 90 percent of individuals aged 25 and older have a high school diploma or better; 35 percent hold a Bachelors degree or more; and 12.5 percent have a graduate degree or better. 41.4 percent of the population is currently married, and 12.7 percent have experienced divorce. Over 38 percent of the population has never been married.

Mental Health in Kansas City, MO

With the population growing and the unemployment rate trending down, one would assume that the quality of life for people in Kansas City was considerably good. However, the number of deaths by suicide seen a 17 percent increase between 2010 and 2015. They’ve also seen an increase in self-reported poor mental health days, which demonstrates that mental health is an increasing cause of concern. In addition, the crime rate has gone up. In 2016, there were more murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults documented than previous years.

It turns out that 1 in 10 adults residing in Kansas City, MO has a serious mental illness. When these conditions are left untreated, it can lead to increased incarceration, suicide, unemployment, and chronic medical conditions. Major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder make up 40 percent of the major cases that are left untreated.

Research shows that environmental factors such as stress from work could cause anxiety. It’s possible that the boom in tech jobs is increasing the prevalence of anxiety and/or depression in the region. While tech jobs do pay well, the job itself can be extremely fast paced and  demanding. In addition to tech jobs, a lot of people work as retail salesperson and customer service representatives. On average, these jobs pay between $20,000 and $30,000/year. If you’re a single parent ,taking care of a household of four, then making ends meet could be a challenge. The poverty level for a household of four is an annual income of $24,600 and 18.3% of the people in Kansas City are in poverty. This added stress puts people at risk for mental illness.

What Is Kansas City Doing about Mental Illness?

Kansas City recognizes that mental health is a big problem in their region and realizes the impact it’s had on their community. The annual cost burden of untreated serious mental illness to Kansas City is $197 million. 87.5 percent of the money goes to indirect expenses like time lost from work and higher unemployment rates. 10.5 percent of the cost of serious mental illness is spent on direct expenses such as increased patient care, long-term care, and outpatient care. What remains is the costs associated with criminal activity, Social Security disability, and social welfare administration fees.

In 2016, they established the Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center. This mental health facility helps those with mental illness or a substance abuse disorder avoid going to jail or the emergency room. Their goal is to connect these individuals to the programs and services they need. This facility ensures that patients have been helped before being released back into the community. Prior to this, the emergency room would have 17,000 visits a year from people with substance abuse disorders and mental illness. With no real discharge treatment plan or options, these same people would end up right back again or in jail.

How to get assistance

While the assessment and triage center is a great way to assist those with mental health problems, it doesn’t target everyone. The individuals who would likely benefit from it the most are the homeless and those in poverty.

An option for others in Kansas City is our therapist directory. It allows a person to sort among providers based on data that we’ve collected, which ensures that the patient will be satisfied with the services that they’ve received.