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Gretchen Wells, LCSW
My greatest strength lies in celebrating the inherent worth and dignity of each person. Specializing in working with children and teens, my goal is to help them find self-confidence and experience themselves as competent. Parents are an important change agent in their child’s treatment; together, we develop a treatment plan that meets your child’s individual needs, which may also include parent training and family therapy. Depending on the desired outcomes for your child’s therapy, I incorporate the following therapy modalities: acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), expressive arts therapy, narrative therapy, and play therapy. Conditions that I am experienced in treating include ADHD, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking my two dogs, reading, traveling, cooking/baking, and cheering on Kansas City sports teams.
Marquita Leverette, LCSW
Through work with communities at risk for HIV, I have come to understand that unresolved trauma not only affects the individual but the health outcomes of all people seeking medical treatment. I am dedicated to working with individuals who have experienced trauma through intimate partner violence, interpersonal violence, incarceration, substance use disorder, transphobia and homophobia, and sudden life changes. I believe that resolving unaddressed traumatic events will elevate and heighten personal well-being.
Since 2003, I have worked in public health and administration, and managed programs and facilitated support groups, specifically in HIV prevention. A graduate from the University of Missouri - Kansas City with a Master in Social Work (MSW) in 2015, I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Missouri.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, caring for my house plants, flower gardening, and reading.
I approach therapy from a humanistic point of view. It is my belief that every person is made up of unique traits that are molded by the experiences they have had in their lives—positive as well as negative. I enjoy helping people find their best selves. I have worked extensively with adults who struggle with addiction, dual diagnosis, and/or the effects of traumatic events.
Upon first meeting, we will complete an assessment and begin building a good rapport with one another. Working together, we will develop a treatment plan and will decide which treatment approach to use. Treatment modalities I use include EMDR therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy to engage in problem-solving. No matter the approach, I believe you are the expert in your life and deserve support and an opportunity to heal.
For self care, I try to spend time outside, walking my dogs or just being in nature. I practice mindfulness and remind myself daily, “There’s no struggle if I don’t struggle.”