Lawrence, Kansas Therapists

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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...
In-Person Sessions:

Lawrence, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas

I am a Licensed Master Level Psychologist. I worked in the corporate world prior to becoming a therapist. Every decade seems to bring a faster pace with higher expectations. People need more effective and efficient strategies for managing today’s...
James Cochran
NCC, MA, LCPC
In-Person Sessions:

Overland Park, Kansas

I like people. I think deep down, whatever else might be true, we’re all just trying to do our best. And I’m really passionate about helping people do their best. I’ve been practicing for a while now in a few different contexts. I completed my...
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:

Olathe, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas

My goal as a therapist is to introduce hope, assist with growth, so that you find peace. Hope, Growth, Peace. I think all of us can agree this is what we ultimately desire. It’s my pleasure to assist you in finding these things. I have been a...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas

Dr. Katrina Ostmeyer began her career in behavioral health at 19, when she became an Assistant Teaching Parent at The Achievement Place for Boys. At this time, she also started her first clinical practicum working with children with autism at the...
In-Person Sessions:

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,...
In-Person Sessions:

Olathe, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas

Healing and recovery is possible, but the journey...now that's the hard part. You need to be able to trust the person you travel the journey with; I like to think I’m that person. I actually consider myself to be more of a "therapeutic-coach." I...
Melissa Wright
MA, LPC, RPT-S, NCC
In-Person Sessions:

Kansas City, Kansas

I am passionate about helping kids, teens and families.  I have 20 years of experience, with a laid back approach and tailor the therapy process to a person's personality and temperament.  I always keep parents in the loop and even make the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In-Person Sessions:

Overland Park, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas

We get ourselves all tangled up in circumstances and relationships. Our anxiety level goes up, the thinking and problem-solving part of us goes down and we begin to think there's no way out. I bring objectivity to your situation and help you get...
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Lenexa, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas

Do you need help with those important relationships in your life? How about help solving problems with your child or adolescent, or blended family issues? Are you struggling with intimacy issues perhaps relating to the after effects of an affair? I...
In-Person Sessions:

Overland Park, Kansas

Laurie has been trained as a family therapist, a trauma informed therapist, play therapist, and in the use of EMDR. She loves to help individuals and families capitalize on their strengths and values to achieve what they are hoping for through...
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...
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...
Diana Johnson
LPC-Supervisor 1, L.P.C, LCPC, MS
In-Person Sessions:

Liberty, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

Jon Soileau
LPC (KS), PLPC, NCC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Kansas City, Kansas

The weight of life can often seem crushing, creating pressure to keep up and endure during the ebb inflows of relationships, careers, finances, and physical or mental health struggles. Being stuck in painful patterns can feel isolating, overwhelming...

An Overview of Mental Health in Lawrence, Kansas

As the seat of Douglas County, Lawrence is the sixth largest city in Kansas. Located in northeast Kansas 25 miles from Topeka and 40 miles from Kansas City, Missouri, Lawrence, Kansas is a vibrant city with small-town appeal that appears on so many top ten lists, visitors could easily spot it on an imaginary “the top ten of the top ten” list of America. Citizens are proud to live in this highly rated national college town; two major universities attract a well-educated population.

The city of Lawrence provides a charming ambiance of thriving art galleries and the exciting live music scene. Rich diversity exists in downtown restaurants and shops on Washington Street and cultural events at the Warehouse Arts District. Lawrence combines city sophistication with outdoor adventures. It has over 50 parks featuring hiking and biking trails. Additional family destinations include Clinton Lake and a large sports pavilion.

Douglas County, KS is home to a population of 116,352 people, from which 95.4% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Douglas County, KS is composed of 92,804 White residents (79.8%), 6,714 Hispanic residents (5.77%), 5,332 Asian residents (4.58%), 4,526 Two+ residents (3.89%), and 4,364 Black residents (3.75%).

Challenges to Mental Health Access

Like all American cities, Lawrence has its share of mentally challenged residents who cannot access the inadequate mental health system. Federal and municipal budget cuts affect public health services in states and cities across America and Lawrence is no exception.

A report published in 2017 explaining the mental health system in Kansas listed obstacles to mental health access such as service delays due to long waiting lists, unreliable or unavailable transportation, inability to pay through financial instability or lack of insurance, as well as the disconnect between service providers and those with language translation needs.

Statistics reveal some of the barriers to service to the mentally ill Kansas state population, as well as those in Douglas County and Lawrence:

  • Low mental health provider ratios A statistic of 1 mental health provider per 550 Kansas residents, well over the 1:200 U.S. ratio, illustrates the problem.
  • A sharp decline in psychiatric hospital services occurred as the capacity for in-patient mental health services dropped from 1000 beds to 250 by 2016.
  • Language barriers arise because providers do not offer services in a diversity of languages. The most common non-English languages in Douglas County are Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Navajo and Native American languages, and Japanese.
  • The high poverty rate in Douglas County stands at a total of 19.2 percent of the population with 77.2 percent among Whites, followed by 7.7 percent of Hispanics and 7.5 percent of Asians. The balance distributes among remaining races.
  • Divorce can cause depression and other negative mental states. Divorce rates in Lawrence are at a moderate 7.8 percent; however, divorce counseling could lower the rate.
  • Fear of deportation exists for the 6 percent of non-Americans living in Douglas County who likely avoid treatment because they lack U.S. citizenship papers.
  • A high bankruptcy rate of 0.24 percent fosters stressful financial insecurity and possible anxiety in Lawrence.

Douglas County officials, deeply concerned by the lack of mental health resources, designed legislation to raise money for mental health services.

Improvements in Mental Health Services in Douglas County

In the 2018’s General Election, Douglas County put Proposition 1 before the voters to secure nearly $5 million from a sales tax increase to fund construction of a much-needed mental health behavioral campus. Voters rejected a Proposition 1 version early in 2018.

Proponents reworked the original request for a sales tax increase to support a behavioral health campus. The new Proposition 1 passed in November 2018, with over 70 percent of voters’ approval.

Mental Health Services Are Available in Lawrence, Kansas

E-Counseling is a valuable resource to help Kansas residents locate the full range of available mental health resources. The city and county directory lists mental health providers whose high professional standards and excellent certification requirements are desirable to achieve the best possible result in mental health services. For those who prefer online counseling, E-Counseling provides a range of providers and reasonable fees. Lawrence, Kansas residents deserve to lessen the burden of mental illness and enjoy their lives to the fullest.