Judy Gardner, MS, BSN, RN, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
656 SE Bayberry Lane, Suite 105, Lees Summit, MO
I am trained in directive (theraplay) and non-directive play therapy, and EMDR with children. My approach to counseling and helping children is obtain a thorough history and list of concerns from both parents, and assess the child through their play and interaction with me. I love the energy and ability of children to heal, even without words. I am also trained in Trust Based Relational Intervention for kiddos with attachment issues.
Turning Leaf Counseling 0 Consultation, LLC, LPC, LCSW, PLPC
202 SE 2nd Street, Lees Summit, MO
Working with young children means first earning their trust as well as the trust of parents, and second working with parents to understand what are considered normal stages of development. It is important also to work with parents regarding appropriate and long lasting discipline to help the child learn appropriate behaviors. Finally many children are very resilient and their ability to cope in difficult situations is beneficial to help the child move past any trauma they have experienced.
Cheryl Pendell, MA, LPC, NCC, CPT
Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Play Therapist
Lee's Summit, MO
A parent is only as happy as their saddest child. It is extremely painful to watch our children suffer and be at a loss of what is going on or how to help them. I am a certified Play Therapist and work with children ages 2 and up. When a child is acting out that is a sign that something is wrong in their world. Play Therapy is the preferred form of therapy for children under the age of ten and it is highly effective for children suffering from abuse, neglect, bullying, low self esteem, divorce etc. Play was a child's first language and we use play in session to gain insight into what is going on in a child's world when they don't have the ability to put words to it themselves.