individual, couples, adolescent, & online counseling

KansasCityPsychotherapy

Kansas City Psychotherapy

Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC

LPC, NCC

9233 Ward Pkwy, Suite 305

Kansas City, MO 64114

816-866-5524

kcpsychotherapy@gmail.com

kcpsychotherapy.com

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Kansas City Psychotherapy offers Individual Counseling, Psychiatric, and Psychological Services, as well as Marriage Counseling, Couples Therapy, Adolescent Therapy and Online Video Counseling in the Kansas City area.  We are conveniently located near Leawood, Prairie Village, Waldo, and Overland Park.
































About Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC


Jeff’s Counseling Services Theoretical Approach

Relational Psychotherapy (Relational-Cultural Therapy)
Relational Psychotherapy (RCT) is based on the idea that an individual’s mental health is greatly influenced by how well that person is able to create and sustain meaningful relationships with those around them.  Challenges related to anxiety, stress, or emotional attachment have often prevented the individual from feeling secure in their own skin and therefore feeling secure enough to form meaningful attachments to those around them.  During therapy we will work together to unravel past experiences and better understand their impact.  We will also work together to practice building a secure relationship with one another, recognize problematic behavioral patterns that might be getting in the way of a positive relationship, and develop skills for strengthening your relationship with yourself (self-confidence) and building stronger healthier relationships in the future.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (E.F.T.)
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is helpful for improving your relationship with others (couples, family members, co-workers, friends).  It is based on the idea that each individual develops emotional patterns that could contribute to potentially distressing cycles of interaction.  Exploring emotions together in therapy can help reveal particular patterns, their triggers, and the dynamic of how those emotions interlock or play off of one another.  Developing emotional intelligence and emotional awareness begins in a safe therapeutic environment where each individual is allowed to express their experiences and feelings without judgment.  The goal is to eventually learn how to release stressful feelings or anxieties and move into a place of validation (feeling heard and understood by others).  Learning how to feel secure in releasing and validating these feelings around others lays a foundation for developing deeper healthier relationships.

Somatic Experiencing (S.E.)
Somatic experiencing (SE) takes into account the connection between our mind and body.  The approach contextualizes our experiences into varying degrees of threat and how the body responds to such threat.  The goal is to help reduce the negative psychological symptoms of past traumatic events (such as anxiety, shame, PTSD, or aggression) through allowing the body to fully process or release what happened.  The idea is that once the body restores or rebalances itself it will be better equipped to self-regulate emotional challenges that arise in the present.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (D.B.T.), Mindfulness Training, Psychoanalytic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Existential Therapy
Part of my toolbox of therapeutic techniques involves incorporating the use of number of additional mental health theoretical approaches.  One such approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT is well known for helping individuals identify and change unhealthy or distorted thought patterns.  These thought patterns can then trigger emotional responses that form a chain of emotional events.  This process happens so quickly that it is often outside of the awareness of an individual and therefore requires a significant process of unraveling over time.  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is behavioral in nature and helps individuals develop new skills for coping with emotions and interacting with others.  This involves developing mindful awareness based on living in the present moment and accepting each moment as it is without influence from past preconceived beliefs or emotions.  DBT helps a client accept the present moment with a non-judgmental stance and works towards developing new models of interacting with self and others.  Psychoanalysis or psychodynamic approaches focus on analyzing past events and how those events shape our present and future.  This often involves looking at your attachment to your surroundings, care providers, role-models, and peers.  It also strives to help an individual develop awareness and coping skills for dealing with past unresolved issues.  Gestalt and Existential therapy focus on pulling everything together by contextualizing the whole person or whole experience with the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that an individual is struggling with. 



Jeff is Affiliated with the Following Professional Associations


American Psychiatric Association (APA) www.psychiatry.org

American Psychological Association (APA) www.apadivision44.org

American Counseling Association (ACA) - www.counseling.org                                                       
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) www.amhca.org

Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) www.asgw.org

Healthcare Guild (Guild) www.healthcareguild.com

Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) www.carasresearch.org

American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) www.aasect.org

American Medical Association (LGBT-GLMA) www.glma.org

American Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES) - www.acesonline.net                         
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) www.wpath.org

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) www.sexscience.org

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) www.ncsfreedom.org



Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Board Certified Counselor in the States of Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Walden University, with a PhD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision.  Jeff is adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at Avila University in Kansas City.  He is a member of Golden Key and Chi Sigma Iota graduate honors societies, and a two-time graduate scholarship recipient with over 4000 hours of mental-health based volunteer community service.  He is also the co-founder and organizer of the Healthcare Guild (healthcareguild.com), a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities find affirming and culturally competent health care.


Jeff is currently a behavioral health clinician at Saint Luke’s Hospital; is a CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) IOP (Intensive Outpatient) Dual-Diagnosis program facilitator; and serves on the editorial review board for the American Counseling Association.  His private practice, Kansas City Psychotherapy, focuses on managing stress, couples therapy, anxiety and depression, dealing with shame and addiction, and sexual or gender identity issues.


For the past two years Jeff has been an invited keynote speaker for Laureate Education, presenting TED-style talks to over 500 people in major metropolitan areas such as San Diego, Hawaii, Orlando, and Houston, on the topic of diversity, global responsibility, and fostering positive social change.  Jeff recently presented at the national American Medical Association (GLMA) Conference about ethical concerns in therapy, at the national ACES (Association for Counselor Education and Supervision) Conference on how to deal with the psychological effects of shame, at the Colorado Counseling Association Conference on how to avoid Microaggressions in a clinical setting, and has presented on these topics for Mental Health America (MHA), Good Therapy, Missouri Health Equity Collaborative (MOHEC), and several community mental health centers in Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.


Jeff’s former career was in entertainment and sports television where he worked on the production teams for ABC, ESPN, CBS, Fox, and National Geographic.  Credits of note include ABC’s Big 10 College Football Game of the Week with Keith Jackson, Bob Griese, and Lynn Swan; NCAA Final Four Championships; NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs; ABC Television’s sitcom Coach with Craig T. Nelson, NBC’s investigative series Unsolved Mysteries; National Geographic’s reality series Shark Men with Paul Walker, and the ABC’s Miss America Pageant with the cast of the Bachelorette.

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