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

I recognize the emotional pain and physical suffering that comes with life stressors. With over 20 years of mental health experience, I have specialized education and training in the core components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I assist clients to create positive changes in their lives. My experience also includes inpatient social services counseling, community psychiatric rehabilitation specialist, and co-occurring disorders professional and group facilitator. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and adults using compassionate, goal oriented change strategies to empower wellness. I am also one of only a few providers in the Midwest who offer Somatic Experiencing, which is a neurobiological approach to treatment that works with the body to discharge trauma and stabilize the nervous system. I am currently seeing clients in the Overland Park office.

Personally, I was born and raised in the Kansas City area. I continue to love the Midwest and am raising my two sons and daughter to enjoy what our beautiful city has to offer. I have traveled extensively on the east coast as well as a few abroad locations. I love the Outer Banks, NC and Okinawa, Japan. I am looking forward to Italy, Greece, France, and Ireland travels in the near future. As for my favorite destination location within a few hours, Bennett Springs, Missouri. In my spare time I enjoy photography, reading, movies, as well as watching my children's sports and our local professional teams!

Click on the photo to schedule with Jenna

Click on the photo to schedule with Jenna

Jenna "Jenna"Foraker, LPC, LCPC

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.

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Katie is out on leave and not currently taking new clients

until April, 2019

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!


Click on the picture to schedule with Courtney

Click on the picture to schedule with Courtney

Courtney Kivett, LMSW

Helping others heal and grow in their intimate relationships is what I feel most passionate about in life. My clinical focus is rooted in helping people experiencing marital and relationship issues, communication barriers, sexual dysfunction and intimacy struggles. Throughout the past decade working in the mental health field, I understand how symptoms of anxiety, depression, low-self worth, and anger can affect a client's relationships and ability to feel bonded to others. I hold a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work as well as an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Human Sexuality to help me better understand the vast intricacies of human intimate relationships. I provide treatment utilizing techniques from several evidence-based perspectives and strive to find the right blend of modalities to fit each client individually. I am currently working in the Lee’s Summit office two days a week.

I have lived in Kansas City as far back as I can remember and am proud to assist others in this community with reaching their goals through therapy. Outside of my professional life, I spend my time with those closest to me as we explore new restaurants, venues, and activities throughout the city. I am an avid enthusiast of good food, great company, and everything cozy.


 
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Tammy Noller, LPC

 

I believe change is possible for all of us, and I have seen that change develop in many clients over the course of a collaborative treatment.  I believe that, working together, we can develop a rich and fulfilling understanding of each client’s personality.  I like working with adults in individual therapy as we work through depression, anxiety, trauma. I am currently working three days a week in the Lee’s Summit office.

I have lived in Kansas City all my life. I have two grown daughters, who I enjoy spending (any spare time that they have) time with them. I also enjoy Royals baseball, ice hockey, cooking, pets, and any of my children’s activities. 


 

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