Jessica Willemsen, MSW, LSCSW, LAC, LCSW, CTS

Jessica Willemsen, MSW, LSCSW, LAC, LCSW, CTS
Family Counselor

Clinical Social Worker and Addiction Counselor

Location: 6901 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Suite 219, Overland Park
Fast Contact: Email or Call Jessica.

Though individual therapy is an essential piece in mental health recovery, the addition of family therapy can further the recovery process. Very few of us live as isolated life, remaining unconnected to others--no family, friends, or coworkers. Therefore, helping an individual communicate with their family, and helping the family to not only understand but learn how to help their loved one--can be an important part of the recovery process. Whether it be trauma, addiction, or mental illness such as Bipolar, Depression, or Anxiety, family therapy can help build a healthy support network. We all need supportive people in our lives. Family therapy can help.

Janet Byars, MS, LCMFT, Certified EMDR Therapist

Janet Byars, MS, LCMFT, Certified EMDR Therapist
Family Counselor

Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist

Location: 8100 Marty, Suite 107, Overland Park
Fast Contact: Email or Call Janet.

Janet likes working with families solving problems around parenting issues, blended family dynamics, adoption issues, communication issues, and traumatic life events. Using a systemic approach, each family member will learn from the process of working together to relief stress in the family. Janet is also skilled at helping families work through separation and divorce issues.

Afton Strate, M.S., LMFT

Afton Strate, M.S., LMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 8100 Marty, Suite 107, Overland Park
Fast Contact: Email or Call Afton.

As a trained Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe that every person in the family impacts one another. My mission is to help all family members feel heard and respected during our time together. Whether your goal is to improve your family connection, communication, or help navigating an important family transition, exceeding your goal can be a reality.

Mary Ann Altenbernd, LCPC

Mary Ann Altenbernd, LCPC
Family Counselor

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Location: 8100 Marty St., Suite 102, Overland Park
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Bowen family systems theory is the standard in understanding families. Bowen found that if you are having an issue with someone in your family you may get close to another to reduce your anxiety and thus ignore the problem. This is called triangulation. Another way to deal with anxiety from another is to have emotional cutoff. In family therapy you would sort this out and learn to deal with the tension so that healthy relationships can happen. Your family issue might be difficulties with a teenager. Adolescence is a difficult time in which teens are separating from parents, but it may not go smoothly. I can help sort things out so that this life transition can occur in a positive manner.

Adam Lynch, MA, MFT

Adam Lynch, MA, MFT
Family Counselor

Marriage and Family Therapist

Location Near Therapist: Merriam, KS
Fast Contact: Email or Call Adam.

Family means so much to God, so it should mean so much to us. Consequently, family dynamics can be quite challenging to work through when issues arise. The struggles that come from families of origin can stifle growth in a marriage and cause a lot of friction in raising children. Not to mention, having children can introduce many new dynamics that consist of anything from their behavior issues to significant emotional distress and social challenges. I can help you navigate through these challenges effectively either with your children individually or within the context of family therapy.

Justin Puch, MA, CRADC, PLPC

Justin Puch, MA, CRADC, PLPC
Family Counselor

Board Certified Addiction Counselor / Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

Location Near Therapist: Merriam, KS
Fast Contact: Email or Call Justin.

Do you feel like your family is falling apart? Whatever the reasons for your family suffering it's time to get help! I offer a healing environment for families to come and get better. I help families with divorce / seperation, substance abuse, blended families, trauma, communication issues, and behavior problems. Give me a call and begin the process to get your family back together.

Brian Heydon, Ed.S., LPC

Brian Heydon, Ed.S., LPC
Family Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor

Location Near Therapist: Merriam, KS
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I utilize Imago Relationship Therapy, based on the book "Getting the Love You Want" by Harville Hendrix as the primary tool in assisting families. The Imago approach assures that every member of the family is heard, validated, and understood, in the context of their individual experiences of one another. Usually the health of the parental/caretaker relationship with one another sets the tone for the entire family. I assist in clarifying family values, family roles, appropriate responses to one another, and strategies for more healthy communication and understanding. What is almost always exposed is the love that we've misplaced or have taken for granted in our struggles to connect.

Kristen Burrus, MS, LMFT

Kristen Burrus, MS, LMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 11261 Strang Line Rd, Lenexa
Fast Contact: Email or Call Kristen.

I approach therapy from a systems perspective, meaning the whole not the individual. When there is one person in a family with a challenge, the whole family system is affected. I like to have everyone in the house involved in therapy if possible. You are the experts on your life, and each person will have a different perspective. To be helpful, it's important I get all the pieces of the puzzle.

Brad Nowlin, LCMFT

Brad Nowlin, LCMFT
Family Counselor

Licenced Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 8575 W 110th ST. Suite 218, Overland Park
Fast Contact: Email or Call Brad.

I approach family therapy from a systems perspective which allows for a comprehensive look at all influences including family of origin. Whether it is a traditional nuclear family or a complex step or blending family, I promote values of respect, honor and love. Improved communication where everyone is truly and deeply heard will make for a happier more harmonious family.

Melissa Kincheloe, M.S., LCMFT

Melissa Kincheloe, M.S., LCMFT
Family Counselor

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 9393 W. 110th Street, Ste. 345, Overland Park
Fast Contact: Email or Call Melissa.

As a marriage and family therapist, my clients have shown me that there is a core human desire to be heard, validated, respected/valued and loved. In families we often fall into roles that define who we are in the system that can reflect how we are treated and how we behave. When working with families, I look at the patterns of connection within the family system, exploring those patterns that are working for them & seeking alternatives to those that are not working. I also encourage families to examine their expectations & the expectations they have of others. I work to provide a safe environment where each member in the family can have a voice & can collectively create stronger connections


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Family Counseling Merriam KS.

If you are in Kansas and seek assistance with parenting and extended family, or perhaps you are dealing with issues in your children, or trying to work out harmony in a blended family, family counseling Merriam KScan help. Theravive is the best source for effective Merriam KS family therapy in Kansas. A professional Merriam KS family therapist has training and expertise in family dynamics both in and outside the home and can help resolve toxic and broken relationships. Please contact a Merriam, KS family counselor to begin your new commitment to beneficial change.

Welcome to our network of family therapists in Merriam. Strife and turmoil in the home, or with extended family, can damage many of our relationships. Family counseling Merriam, KS with a licensed and skilled family counselor can help find common ground, and begin restoration and healing. We hope that you will contact any one of our Merriam family counselors below for more information and to book an appointment.