The team at Attachment and Trauma Therapy provide a warm, positive and family-oriented style, allowing children, teens, and families a safe place to work through their challenges. Our areas of focus include adoption, attachment, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression, sensory processing disorder (SPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), selective mutism, and trauma.
Our therapists use the latest research in play therapy, neurobiology, trauma, and attachment theory to inform our treatment. We draw from experts in the field including Dr. Bruce Perry, Dan Siegel, Karyn Purvis, Heather Forbes, Ana Gomez and Dan Hughes.
Play and playful interaction always undergird therapy to create a sense of safety that allows a child or teen to feel comfortable processing their challenges in life whether they are struggling with hard emotions like anxiety or depression, family conflicts, or other mental health issues.
We believe collaboration with parents is essential for the child’s healing. At our office, parents will be informed every step of the way. Parents are often invited to participate as a therapeutic presence for their child. The deep, emotional connection between the parent and child can be a powerful agent for healing. At times, it may be appropriate for the child to meet with the therapist individually. In such cases, the therapist will provide general updates on progress while maintaining the child or teen’s privacy.
Xinli Fan, LMFTXinli holds a peaceful, safe and comfortable space for clients to be genuinely open and face their struggles.
Amber Helms, LMSWAmber Helms is a therapist who has a passion to see people heal in their identity and walk out restoration in and through relationships. She has a history of serving foster and adoptive children and families throughout the various parts of the journey. She values the role of the parent(s) in the restoration process and […]
Sydney Hobson, LPCSydney’s philosophy is therapy should be a place of encouragement that validates that you are doing the best you can, even in difficult situations. She believes therapy is at its best when it is collaborative and fun, while also challenging people to try new things and take on new perspectives. She has play therapy experience […]
Kathleen McCartherKathleen has a BA and MPA and is currently a MFT student therapist from Friends University. She comes to Attachment and Trauma Therapy with many years of experience working with high conflict families providing Parenting Coordination services implementing and monitoring safe, workable parenting plans, reducing conflict in families, and decreasing use of the courts to […]
Emily Scott, PLMFTComing from a playful perspective Emily loves to help children and teens find their self-worth and express their true feelings in ways they can understand and be understood.
Lebeka Shin, LCSW, LSCSW, RPTLebeka offers a warm, positive and family-oriented style, allowing childen and families a safe place to work through their challenges.
Rene Thomsen, PLPCRene loves being a therapist because of people’s extraordinary ability to learn, change and grow, even during the most daunting times. Whatever your needs may be, she is here to offer support.
Joyce Adams, LCSW, LSCSWJoyce brings kindness and warmth to every child she sees. She loves to support families navigate through challenging waters and help them find a calm sea. From the time she was a very young child growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Joyce knew that she had a calling to work with children and their families. A ministry […]
Theresa Hitt, LCPC, RPTTheresa Hitt, earned her M.S. in Child and Family Development/Child Life Specialist and her Specialist in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She has been licensed in KS since 1999. Most recently, Theresa moved back to Overland Park from FL. While in FL she was a therapist for Tykes and Teens […]
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