What is Counseling? 

The American Counseling Association defines counseling as, "a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals."


Counseling is a tool. Counseling and therapy help make needed changes in ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving, like a new perspective. Counseling is a goal-based collaborative process between you and your counselor, in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. It is important to set viable goals and developing realistic strategies and plans necessary to accomplish these goals.


For some people this process takes a small amount of time, for others the process may last longer.

An extremely important part of counseling is confidentiality, which means the information discussed in session will be accessible only by you and your counselor. Please see Client Confidentiality Form more detail.

What is Depression?

Depression is intense feelings of sadness -- including feeling helpless, hopeless, suicidal, and worthless -- that last for days, weeks, or even months and keep you from functioning normally. Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem. 


Depression can effect changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem. You're not alone. Many people all over the world experience intense depression. Call Amy or send her a message if you're tired of feeling depressed.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is simply the body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. But, can be completely debilitating. 40% of American adults have experienced an Anxiety Disorder at some point in their life. Anxiety comes in many forms—panic attacks, anxiety attacks, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Amy is a PTSD Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Talk to Amy about Anxiety, she can help.

What is Marriage Counseling?
Marriage counseling, also called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy designed to help couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Marriage Counseling helps you make thoughtful decisions about problem resolution, strengthening your relationship, rebuilding your relationship, or going your separate ways. As a woman with a busy career and family, Amy knows what it’s like to balance the issues facing marriages today. Schedule an appointment with Amy.
What do I need for my first counseling session?
Prior to your first session, please print the applicable forms. Required forms are: Client Intake Information, Consent for Counseling, Counseling Services Agreement Form, and HIPPA Notice of Patient Policy.
For more info on the counseling services Amy provides, please contact Amy, or visit the Kansas City Overland Park Counseling Services page.