Kansas City


Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD

Clinical Director

9233 Ward Parkway, #305

Kansas City, MO 64114





Kansas City Psychotherapy offers Counselor Supervision, 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.

Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD - Common Questions & FAQ

Do You Accept Insurance?
I am considered an out-of-network provider on several insurance panels.  This means you can submit a diagnostic receipt eligible for partial fee reimbursement from your insurance company and/or can be applied to your annual deductible.  Although many insurance companies reimburse a percentage of the fee, when you factor in not having to pay a co-pay, the difference is oftentimes similar.  The benefit of not receiving counseling services provided through your insurance provider is that you can choose any counselor rather than being limited to only the providers on the insurance company's list.  Another advantage is that everything we discuss truly remains confidential, is not shared with a third-party, and does not appear on other medical records.

What is the Cost of Counseling?
Psychotherapy is a process that requires a commitment from both of us.  Therefore I offer a significant discount for those who commit to the process.  We can book a session together over the telephone using a credit or debit card.  All sessions are prepaid, non-refundable, and good for one year after the date of purchase.  All sessions are 45 minutes long and include complimentary follow-up phone consultation (up to 10 minutes). 

Here is a list of Dr. Peterson's current rates:

$150/session - single session anytime
$120/session - first session anytime
$90/session daytime 6-pack = $540 valid between 9am-5pm
$110/session peak hours 6-pack=- $660 valid between 7am-9am & 5pm-8pm

All sessions are good for 1 year from the date of purchase

What is Your Counseling Services Cancellation Policy?
You will be expected to pay for your session time unless you provide a minimum 24-hours advance notice of cancellation.  You will also be expected to pay for your session time if you cancel two or more times in a row regardless of advance notice of cancellation.  Some exceptions are made for circumstances outside of your control.

What are Your Hours?
The office is open Monday through Friday, however my current availability is primarily Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 7:00am and 9:00pm.  I divide my time between my private practice, clinical work at Saint Lukes Hospital, and teaching in the graduate program at Avila University.

How Long is Each Counseling Session?
Each session runs on the top of the hour and is 45 minutes in length.  This allows for documentation and scheduling at the end of each session.  Forty-five minutes is considered the standard length of most counseling sessions in the United States.  However, it is possible to book two sessions back-to-back if you would prefer to have a longer single session, which would be ninety minutes.  This is especially helpful early-on as you share your background and history, or for couples counseling.

Can a Counseling Session be Conducted Over the Phone, Internet, or Email?
I currently offer both Phone and Skype counseling for both local and out of town clients.  This practice is limited to client issues that are appropriate in those settings.  I am happy to consult via email and may be available to offer email-based or chat-based counseling on a case-by-case basis.

Is What We Talk About in Counseling Kept Confidential?
I am committed to protecting every client's confidentiality in every manner possible.  This includes limited documentation of sensitive information, properly securing electronic medical records, and first consulting with you prior to sharing any information that has been legally subpoenaed. The law protects the privacy of most communication between a psychotherapist and client, with only a few restrictions.  Those restrictions are discussed in detail prior to beginning therapy.  HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is also a federal law that protects patient rights with regard to use of protected health information.

Are you Available for Complimentary Phone Consultation?
I am available for a 15 minute complimentary phone or face-to-face consultation if you are considering becoming a client and would like to discuss details about my approach and process.  Current clients are also allowed complimentary phone consultation in between our sessions, limited to 10 minutes. Phone consultation for a longer period of time is available, but will be billed as a counseling session.

What is the Difference Between a Counselor, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Psychologist, or Social Worker?
A psychiatrist (MD, DO) is a medical doctor who went through medical school.  A nurse practitioner (NP, DNP, APRN) is usually either a masters or doctoral level trained nurse.  Both of these designations have the training to prescribe medication and often work in tandem with counselors, psychologists, and social workers in supplementing therapy with medication.  In most states Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers are not licensed to dispense medication. Medication alone is not a solution for most individual’s challenges and research has shown that a combination of therapy and medication is more effective than medication alone.  In many states a psychologist and counselor educator both have doctoral level training such as a PhD, PsyD, or EdD.  Both have significant training in counseling, although counselor educators may have more training specifically in mental health counseling.  In some states a psychologist could also have only a masters degree, similar to a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).  Some social workers have only a bachelors degree, although an LCSW requires a masters degree.  A licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and licensed psychologist are all in the family referred to as psychotherapists and will all have a minimum of a masters degree, with significant training and exam-licensed proficiency to counsel the majority of mental health challenges.  I am a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed professional counselor, counselor educator, counselor supervisor, board certified national counselor, and a professional certified coach with a PhD in counselor education and supervision.

What is Your Theoretical Approach to Counseling?

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 Counseling, Gestalt Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (R.E.B.T.), NeuroLinguistic Programming (N.L.P.), 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.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a goal-focused approach used in coaching to help individuals understand how neurological pathways can be reshaped in an effort to change behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.

Feel Free to Contact Me Directly Regarding Any Other Questions About my Counseling Services in Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, Mission Hills, Plaza, Prairie Village, Brookside, Lees Summit, Lenexa, Raytown, and other locations in Kansas and Missouri, as well as my on-line Internet counseling practice.



individual, couples, adolescent, & online counseling