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.

Counseling & Mental Health Presentations

Below is a list of Dr. Peterson's recent mental health presentations, click on the title to download a PDF of the presentation:

The Mindful Path to Self Care for the Helping Professions

Presented by Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC

May 30, 2018 - LifeWise Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

April 20, 2018 - Cottonwood Springs Psychiatric Hospital

March 2, 2018 - Saint Luke's Health System

Recent research supports the fact that clinician burnout is alarmingly high in both medical and mental health care. Burnout, as well as empathy fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary trauma contribute to: poorer therapeutic alliances, less effective treatment outcome, increased medical error rates, heightened malpractice risk, and clinician turnover. Up until recently, self-care was viewed as an anecdotal risk. However, we now realize the importance of life-long self-care. This includes not only changes in behavior, but changes in how we view our relationships with our clients. In this presentation, clinicians learn new ways to frame authentic empathy and therapeutic responsibility. We also explore mindfulness skills, techniques, and attitudes designed to reduce empathy fatigue and strengthen clinician resilience.

Presentation Objectives Include:

1) Why is Self-Care Important (Statistics & Terms)
2) Assessing Burnout
3) What Causes Burnout
4) How to Prevent Burnout
5) What is Self-Care
6) What is Mindfulness
7) Why Mindfulness
8) Mindfulness in the Workplace
9) Mindfulness and Positivity
10) Mindfulness and Resilience
11) What Gets in the Way of Mindfulness
12) Detaching from Outcome
13) Specific Interventions
14) Group Activity
15) Meditations

The Developmental Impact and Long-term Effects of Shame

Presented by Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC

July 14, 2017 - Mental Health America

April 7, 2017 - Good Therapy Webinar

June 23, 2016 - Research Psychiatric Center (Research Hospital)

January 29, 2016 - Greater Kansas City Psychological Association (GKCPA)

March 25, 2016 - Kansas University School of Social Welfare (KU)

The consequences of shame can be devastating and may lead to long-term risk-taking behaviors and suicidality. Chronic self-worth issues and relationship problems all reflect attachment challenges experienced by individuals responding to shame. In addition, the compounding effects of shame have the potential to lead to co-morbid disorders and maladaptive coping skills resulting in chronic physical and mental health problems. Clinicians have the unique privilege of helping individuals in therapy mitigate these harmful effects and reduce the negative impact of shame.

In this two-hour continuing education round-table conference, Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC describes how shame is a set of unattainable expectations that develop from notions of “normalcy" and can prevent individuals from understanding there are many ways of being. He will demonstrate how assessment instruments--including the “Trauma Related Shame Inventory,” “The Trauma Appraisal Questionnaire,” and “Test of Self-Conscious Affect”--reveal the connection between external events and internal shame.

Dr. Peterson will explain the dynamics of shame within a variety of client populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). Attendees will learn to identify those at greater risk and the importance of understanding how individuals attempt to reduce shame through both adaptive and maladaptive responses. Dr. Peterson will explore the Compass of Shame and multiple shame cycles that illustrate shame’s connection to trauma, judgment, guilt, and self-worth. By utilizing best practices such as the use of trauma-informed care and strength-based skill building, clinicians teach skills that can develop the intrapersonal acceptance needed to lessen the impact of shame.

This introductory instructional level presentation is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize the types of losses associated with shame.
  2. Discuss assessment tools and evaluation techniques.
  3. Explain the Compass of Shame and cycles of shame.
  4. Apply an understanding of the connection between trauma and shame.
  5. Describe the connection between judgment, self-worth, and shame.
  6. List at least three best practices for addressing shame in therapy.

Reducing Sexual and Gender Identity Microaggressions in Mental Health Counseling

Presented by Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC

June 22, 2017 - Signatures Behavioral Health

August 12, 2016 - Good Therapy Webinar

November 10, 2015 - Kansas City Behavioral Health Professionals

April 10, 2015 - Colorado Counseling Association Conference

Participants learn how to advocate for reducing sexual and gender microaggressions and learn to demonstrate how such microaggresions act as a significant deterrent for LGBT individuals seeking healthcare.  Participants develop skills for instructing healthcare administrators, providers, and policy makers on critically reflecting their own social ecological layers of identity.  Participants also learn how to demonstrate practical ways for reducing or eliminating sexual and gender identity microaggressions in their individual healthcare setting.  This interactive workshop begins by defining appropriate terminology for addressing issues pertinent to sexual and gender minorities.  Watch video with Derald Wing-Sue describing microaggressions:


Learning Objectives:

1) Etiology & Definition of Microaggressions (5 min)
2) Examples & Common Themes of Microaggressions (15 min)
3) Challenges to Addressing Microaggressions (5 min)
4) LGBTQIA, heterosexist, transsexist Terminology (15 min)
5) Social Ecologies of Identity (5 min)
6) Effects of Microaggressions (10 min)
7) Compounding Effects of Intersecting Identities (5 min)
---Mid-Presentation Q&A (10 min)
8) What Providers Can Do (20 min)
9) Checking Your Own Microaggressions (10 min)
10)Self-Reflection (5 min)
--- End-of-Presentation Q&A (15 min)

Best Practices for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients

Presented by Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC

March 18, 2016 - Mental Health America (MHA) of the Heartland

April 22, 2016 - Professional Treatment Services (PTS) Lawrence, KS

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to better serve the needs of sexual and gender minorities in a clinical setting. Participants will be able to demonstrate practical ways to reduce and eliminate sexual and gender identity microaggressions in healthcare settings, as well as how to provide better care to sexual and gender minorities overall.

Course Objectives:
- Define appropriate terminology when addressing LGBTQIA concerns.
- Explain why reparative therapy is harmful to minors and therefore banned in some states.
- Develop skills for critically reflecting on their own social ecology and layers of identity.
- Discuss what providers can do to improve care to LGBTQ clients.

Banning Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (Conversion Therapy) as a Public Health Intervention

Presented by Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC

September 19, 2013 - American Medical Association (GLMA Division) Conference

Nearly every major medical association, including the: American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, American Counseling Association, American Psychiatric Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Academy of Pediatrics have cautioned against the use of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) primarily because: a) such treatments do not have adequate scientific evidence demonstrating their effectiveness, b) overlook established scientific understanding of human sexuality, c) mischaracterizes homosexuality as being a pathological or developmental disorder, and d) are more likely to cause harm due to the distress associated with self-rejection and social stigmatization.  The American Psychological Association assigned a task force to assess the effectiveness of SOCE and released a report in 2009 titled, Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.  The report suggested that practitioners should accept and support clients dealing with struggles surrounding their sexual orientation.  This includes a clinical focus on identity development and exploration, active coping skills development, and enhanced social support building, without directing the client towards a specific sexual orientation identity outcome.  There has been a recent resurgence of the use of SOCE and despite mounting evidence, ethical codes against its use have been slow to develop and licensing boards have been hands off in addressing the use of such treatment practices.  Some have argued that this demonstrates an entrenched socialized prejudice requiring social justice intervention; hence the recent introduction of legislation banning the use of conversion therapy in minors.



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