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Benjamin Smalley, LMFT

Benjamin Smalley, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

3300 Clinton Parkway Court, Suite 206, Lawrence, Kansas 66047 | 913-343-1028

After a lifetime of seeking beauty and meaning I've carved a space to help others do it also. Working with teens, adolescents, adults, couples and families in these areas of growth is my passion. Relationships - Idenity - Anxiety - Depression - Grief - Stress - Trauma

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Lawrence is located about 25 miles east of Topeka, Kansas, along the banks of the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. There is a population around 90,000. Better known for being a college town, Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University.1 The temperatures in Lawrence range from around 20 degrees in the winter to 90 degrees in the summer, with an average of 40 inches of rain a year - most of which is received in May and June. Each year the city holds the North vs. South Music Festival, and has become one of the favorites in the area, and is held each August. There is a Civil War reenactment held along with over four dozen independent rock bands from around the surrounding states. Don't forget to take the family to the Art in the Park festival held each May.

Mental Health in Lawrence

There are many support groups in the Lawrence area for individuals who have Alzheimer's disease, as well as groups for family members and other loved ones. Being able to share in the common experience of Alzheimer's can be greatly beneficial for coping with the difficulties it presents. Trained facilitators, many of whom cared for a loved one with Alzheimer's at some point, lead groups. In addition to encouragement and support, groups are also a valuable resource for information about the disease and ways to optimize the functioning of a loved one for as long as possible. Call 913-831-3888 for information about meeting locations and times.2

The Kansas Department of Children and Families is responsible for overseeing various services to help empower Kansans to improve their lives. Among these services is the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, which assists disabled individuals with finding employment. Job training programs, employment search assistance, and resume and interview tips are all central components of the program. By helping disabled residents find gainful employment, the Department of Children and Families ensures a greater level of self-sufficiency and independence for Kansas' disabled population. For additional information, call 785-832-3846.3

In order to promote positive behaviors and improved mental health among it's students, Lawrence Public Schools has implemented the WRAP program. WRAP delivers school-based mental health services throughout the district. Students learn healthy ways to cope with stress, effective communication strategies, and skills to deal with peer pressure. The program also provides support groups for children who are experiencing common mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Bullying prevention and intervention services are provided as well.4

Current Initiatives

The Kansas Mental Health Initiative is a statewide program to improve access to and delivery of mental health services to the state's most vulnerable populations. In particular, the initiative targets substance use, which serves to make mental health problems worse. To help communities address substance use issues, the initiative will fund prevention and intervention programs to reduce the use of alcohol and drugs, particularly among the state's poor residents. These programs will also aim to strengthen families through educational and outreach programs that build skills for independence and self-reliance. Contact the Kansas Office of the Governor at 785-368-7138 for more detailed information about the initiative.5


References

1. My College Options. (2017). Colleges and Universities in Lawrence, Kansas. Retrieved from https://www.mycollegeoptions.org/college-search-results/KS/Kansas/0/Lawrence.aspx
2. Alzheimer's Association. (2017). Support Groups. Retrieved from http://www.alz.org/kansascity/in_my_community_support.asp
3. Kansas Department of Children and Families. (2017). Rehabilitation Services. Retrieved from http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/RS/Pages/Employment-Services.aspx
4. WRAP Lawrence. (2017). General Information About Wrap. Retrieved from http://www.wraplawrence.org/
5. Kansas Office of the Governor. (2017). Governor Sam Brownback Announces Programs to Strengthen Mental Health Delivery in the State. Retrieved from http://www.kdads.ks.gov/NewsRoom/2014/mental%20health%20announcement.pdf

Lawrence is located in Douglas County, Kansas. It has a land area of 34.13 square miles and a water area of 0.78 square miles.  The population of Lawrence is 93,917 people with 34,913 households and a median annual income of $46,406. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Lawrence, KS

Some budgeting needed

While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in Lawrence, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around Lawrence may have flexibility or sliding scales. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Lawrence public health department.