Lauren Dees, a Kansas City-based, licensed clinical social worker, has been providing trauma informed- therapeutic services to teens, adults, couples, families and groups since 2012.
Lauren specializes in work with teenagers & adults with trauma and emotional dysregulation as well as facilitating mental health groups.
Lauren has developed and led many groups, including but not limited to strengthening families, mind over mood (depression & anxiety), PTSD support, positive psychology, DBT for families/teens/adults, anger management, mindfulness and adolescent coping skills.
Lauren strives to create a safe, nurturing and uplifting atmosphere in which individuals find support in their efforts to change and connect with others, as well as enhance strengths and develop life long goals. She believes that the therapeutic relationship should be founded on trust, humor, and authenticity, and she strives to maintain and enhance relationships through every interaction.
Lauren is also EMDR and DBT intensively trained and uses tools/skills from both modalities to shape her treatment style. She finds EMDR therapy helpful in areas such as trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, and when an individual feels “stuck.” Lauren uses DBT skills to help clients recognize positive emotion, establish control of problematic behaviors and impulses, and enhance a sense of mastery.
Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys exercise, cheering on KSU and Sporting KC, cat/dog parenting, experimenting with cooking, photography, playing music, watching scary movies, and spending time with family & friends.
Lauren is in network with Cigna, Optum, and Kancare insurances.
Melody Anderson, a licensed social worker, providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, couples, families and groups since 2015.
Melody worked for several years in child welfare where she found her passion for working with individuals and families to facilitate healing from trauma. After completing the Master of Social Work program at Indiana State University, she moved to Kansas City where she continued to work with children and families through play therapy. Through her therapeutic work with children and families, Melody continues to facilitated healing and growth, including improved behavior in school and at home, increased parent-child relationships, reduced anxiety and depression, and improved self-esteem.
Melody also works with individual adults, teens, and children to facilitate healing from trauma using cutting edge, evidence-based treatment including Neurofeedback, bilateral stimulation, and mindfulness. She uses a holistic approach to therapy, melding therapeutic treatment with nutrition and exercise to heal individuals and families through the power of the mind-body connection.
Outside of the office Melody enjoys exercise, sand volleyball, dancing, cooking/baking, arts and crafts, reading, and spending time with family & friends.
Melody is in network with Kancare.
Our experiences, both good and bad, shape who we are. As we become adults, what was once a necessary way to survive and protect our fragile emotional and mental health, can negatively impact our ability to manage life’s day to day events. Katie’s passion is to provide a collaborative, compassionate, and nonjudgmental space for my clients struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, body dysmorphia, body image issues, shame, depression, and recovering from past traumas.
Katie’s approach to healing and recovery is through a person-in-environment approach. The social, cultural, familial, learning, and peer influences we have had along the way as well as the genetic factors, personality traits, and biological factors out of our control can make life overwhelming. Creating an individualized and holistic approach for each client including mindfulness, Acceptance and Commit Therapy, Self-Compassion, DBT, CBT, and Narrative Therapy to help us retell the story we tell ourselves about ourselves.
Katie was born and raised in Omaha NE and moved to the Kansas City area 20 years ago. She has been ‘fixing up’ her house in Waldo for close to 15 years which she will be doing for another 15 years. Katie has a 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son that keep her busy. She enjoys watching their multitude of extra-curricular activities as well as how unique they each are. Katie’s educational background includes an MSW and BSW from University of Kansas. Her clinical experience includes Social Service Clinician and practicum at Research Psychiatric Center, practicum and PRN clinical therapist at McCallum Place Center for Eating Disorders. She is a member of IADEP and continues to earn accreditation for Certified Eating Disorder specialist through their online curriculum.
All clients have access to positive, quality counseling services while working on individual goals.
Our Mission at Bloom Counseling and Wellness Center is to facilitate and empower individuals and encourage emotional healing and growth through the intimate experience of individual and group therapy.