Mental Health and Holistic Health Practioners
 

Our Team

This is a brief introduction to our therapists and support staff, feel free to make an appointment to get to know more about our approach to mental health treatment.

 
Click on the photo to schedule with DeAnn

Click on the photo to schedule with DeAnn

Norma"DeAnn"Fleming, LCPC, LPC, SEP

No matter our experiences in life, we can experience trauma. Simply put, trauma can be defined as too much, too fast, too soon.  I have spent fourteen years utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to assist clients with building life changing skills to be able to tolerate the overwhelm of problems in behavior and functioning. I currently am the team leader of a comprehensive DBT program utilizing the core components of the model. Our program includes individual therapy, skills training, between session coaching, and consultation.  

Additionally, I have trained as Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) to support individuals feeling “stuck” having not been able to fully heal past wounds with traditional methods of talk therapy. This gentle, yet very powerful, method assists us in finding how our bodies may be holding onto trauma, keeping score of past events.  We work with your body to heal the intensity of your experience negative things that keep you feeling overwhelmed in the here and now. 

Blending both DBT & SE along with principals of attachment and relational models such as NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) & DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) and Neuropsycholgy, we can heal, grow, support, & change the distressing symptoms of today.


I look forward to being with you through your journey.

Click on the photo to schedule with Jenna

Click on the photo to schedule with Jenna

Jenna "Jenna"Foraker, LPC

I am an EMDRIA trained therapist, who has been in the field for over ten years. I have experience in substance abuse, family issues, co-dependency, addictions, severe anxiety and mental illnesses. I work with clients as young as 3 years old. I don't believe that there is any situation that can't get better, with coping skills and support.  I have been in private practice since 2014 and a clinician since 2005 (You are supposed to say that I don't look old enough). My experience in this field is extensive, I have worked with families that were in foster care, helped to prevent children from coming into foster care through a grant, telemedicine, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse both adults and adolescents, outpatient mental health therapy, I am currently working in the Lee’s Summit office only.  

I also was personally born and raised in the Kansas City area. I enjoy spending time with my friends being crafty. I have a total of 4 nieces and nephews that I spend as much time as I can with.. DeAnn have I said enough? Am I close enough yet? I am not wordy in writing, but I am chatty.

Click on the photo to schedule with Katie.

Click on the photo to schedule with Katie.

Katie Sullivan, LCPC

 

I believe in the power of change, healing, and coping through collaborative efforts of the client and clinician. I have training and maintain efforts to provide comprehensive components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.   My experience working in inpatient psychiatric hospitals and in outpatient partial hospitalization programs as well as, intensive outpatient programs has allowed me to assist in the transformation of mental wellness and substance use clients from the beginning through stabilization.  I now have a passion to assist those on their journey in individual, group skills training, and family therapy. I enjoy working with diverse populations including adults, adolescents, and college age males/females struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and personality disorders. I use concepts of mindfulness and holistic philosophies to meet goals and effectively create positive change. 

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City and in my spare time, I am an active Kansas City native. I love exploring this ever growing city and supporting all of my local teams, small businesses, and artists. I enjoy being outdoors, live music, and traveling especially to the ocean or anywhere with water. I have three sisters and a large blended family.  My most recent goal is to pursue pet therapy as a new intervention to incorporate with my clients. Stay tuned!


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Tammy Noller, LPC

 

I congratulate you on your decision to seek therapy, this takes a great deal of courage and is worthy of respect.  As your therapist I will provide an environment that is safe, non judgmental and compassionate. I have an eclectic approach to therapy drawing on techniques using person- centered, strength-based cognitive behavioral therapy as well as mindfulness and motivational interviewing.  . I have over 20 years of experience in the field and have worked extensively with clients struggling with anxiety, social phobias, depression, life transition, grief and loss as well as learning to better manage day to day life stress. Our work is individualized to meet your therapy needs as we will collaborate to develop goals that should help you on your journey to wellness

I have lived in Kansas City for 25 years but still have many things in the city to explore.  I am an avid Royals fan, watching as many games as I can fit in but also enjoy the Chiefs and the Mavericks.  I have 2 daughters, both nearly grown, who I love to spend time with, when they can fit me in! Make an appointment to see if together we can create a happier, more fulfilling life.



 

Services Overview

We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, We offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of person's individual needs to help you obtain the personal growth you are striving for.

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DBT

DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to help people who:
Live chaotic painful lives
Feel suicidal a lot of the time
Hurt themselves deliberately to change the way they feel
Are anxious much of the time
Have spells of dissociation, forgetfulness, or “spaciness”
Feel depressed a lot, despite good treatment
Feel painful and empty
Feel out of control of their behavior
Have trouble staying sober, despite treatment
Hear voices in their heads
Eat and/or sleep too much or too little
The treatment involves four components that work together to help you. 
1. Skills Group is a class that is held one time a week for an hour and a half.
This group will teach you skills to:
1) cope with very painful experiences
2) improve your relationships
3) help improve your focus on things that are important to you
4) manage your emotional ups and downs more effectively.
2. Individual DBT sessions are provided by your individual therapist. This is where you will learn to apply the skills that you learn in groups to your very individual and unique issues. 
3. Skills Coaching is provided by your DBT Treatment Team 24 hours a day, when you need it the most! All of the members on the treatment team have been trained to help you think about and use the skills that might be most helpful you when the ‘going gets tough’ day to day.

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SE

Somatic Experiencing, or SE® for short, is a method of releasing stress and trauma that gets “stuck” in the body. SE utilizes the latest research on the connection between the brain and the body. When we become stressed by an overwhelming life event, a
traumatic incident, or a mentally tough situation, our brains tell our bodies to either run, fight, or freeze, otherwise known as
flight / fight / freez. Instead of thinking about problems, Somatic Experiencing focuses on where trauma, depression, stress, and anxiety shows up in our bodies.
By noticing and working through physical sensations, this form of therapy allows our nervous system to stabilize. By releasing stored stress and trauma, there is room for choice, resilience, and ability to change long-standing patterns. Dr. Peter Levine, the originator of Somatic Experiencing, has helped us to understand that we are not biologically designed to live in today's stress-filled society. In many ways, our brains have not evolved since prehistoric times, so our nervous systems react to overwhelming situations as if we were being chased by a saber-toothed tiger. During the stress of a traumatic event such as a car accident or physical or mental abuse, our brains tell our bodies to run, fight, or freeze. Even in the stress of a big test, sleeplessness, or just friends who are not being nice, our bodies go through a stress response similar to being chased in the wild. When the brain sends a message to run or fight, all the blood rushes from our brains to our extremities so we can escape danger. But since running or fighting doesn’t make logical sense to us, we stifle all of that energy, and it gets trapped inside the body. We know that trauma is physiological energy, a sort of cloud of trapped energy inside of us, that can cause all kinds of symptoms.

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EMDR

Which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. " Twenty positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. " quote  from EMDR Institute,INC  

The issues or conditions that EMDR has shown a high degree of effectiveness with:

  • sexual/physical abuse   
  • panic attacks
  • sleeping issues
  • post traumatic stress
  • depression
  • anxiety/stress
  • car accident
  • trauma
  • childhood abuse
  • natural disaster
  • anger/temper
  • phobias/fears
  • fire
  • victim of violent