Paige’s Online Scheduler or call (660) 202-6729
Click on the “online scheduler” link to schedule appointments
I understand the demands of daily life and try to offer times that are convenient for people who want sessions before or after work, around school schedules, on lunch breaks, etc…
We offer marriage, family, and individual counseling in the Warrensburg area. The office is located near Whiteman AFB on DD Hwy which is one of the main highways connecting Warrensburg and the base. Even though we use the same parking lot as a large daycare, the location is private and safe with a disability-friendly environment. There is plenty of parking, either in the front of the building; or, if preferred, you can park in the back of the building and still access the office complex. When you come into the waiting room make yourself comfortable and feel free to have a refreshment. I will come get you when it is time for your appointment.
Booking An Appointment and Completing The Intake Assessment and Informed Consent
To book an appointment, go to the link Online Scheduler . Here you will click on “register as a new client”. In order to become more environmentally friendly I have created an online intake form. You will be asked to create a user name and password. If you are not using the online scheduler, I can help you with this in our first appointment. Depending on how fast you type, this should take no longer than 10-20 minutes to complete.
Additionally, the primary contact or individual can view the following document to see the informed consent that will need to be signed during the first face-to-face session:
Know Your HIPAA Patient Privacy Rights
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Healthcare providers are required to handle your Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) in an ethical and fair manner. You can learn more about your specific rights at this link:
What to Expect During Your First Counseling Session
Please note that each session begins at the top of the hour (unless otherwise noted) and runs a duration of 50 minutes. I am careful about respecting your time and seldom start our session late. Therefore, be sure to arrive on time, as a late arrival only takes away time from your session time. I know that for many, the first session might seem intimidating. After all, here you are in a new place expected to share your most difficult and private thoughts or feelings with someone you hardly know. Let me assure you that my approach to counseling is relaxed and low-pressure. Part of the first session is not only sharing your story, but also building a trusting relationship with me. You will not be expected to share anything that you are not comfortable with during our first session. You also do not have to worry about coming up with an agenda, as I will be happy to ask questions that will facilitate my getting to know you better. Typically during the first session you have the opportunity to share some of your story about why you are seeking professional assistance. This process is most effective when you come in with a positive attitude, an openness potential change, and the willingness to actively participate in your own therapy. This may include homework such as practicing a new skill, recording specific thoughts or feelings, or reading about a topic that is pertinent to your situation.
Manage Your Expectations, But Expect the Best
Believe it or not your attitude towards counseling and the therapeutic process is a significant factor in treatment outcome. My process is not mystical, nor do I profess to have greater wisdom than the next person. Instead, try to view my role as a facilitator or life coach who assists you in your own process towards making change.
My Role as Your Counselor
There are some significant benefits of seeking the assistance of a licensed clinical professional counselor rather than an unlicensed coach or friend. My clinical counseling philosophy is based on compassion and therefore my roles as your counselor include:
> I will listen with genuine concern, yet not judge you or attempt to sway you in one direction or the other
> I am outside of your world and therefore may be able to provide some new suggestions or offer a new perspective on your situation
> I will witness your struggles and validate the legitimacy of your concerns
> I will help you recognize unhealthy behavior or long-standing patterns
> I will offer specific expertise on ways to better handle stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges
> I will help you develop deeper insight in to your own struggles by reframing or reflecting your thoughts, behaviors, or feelings
> I will support you and advocate for your well-being, while giving you the dignity and respect that you deserve
> I am someone you can trust and count on when others may be tired of hearing about your problems
> I will keep you accountable to your progress by helping you set and attain realistic therapeutic goals
My Limitations as Your Counselor
Some of the roles of a counselor may be different than a friend in terms of professional boundaries. I try to answer my phone whenever I am able to. However, while I try to return your voice message, text, or email on the same weekday, I am not available for 24 hour assistance and may not be able to respond to you until the following business day. If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate help you should call 911 or take yourself to the nearest emergency room for a psychiatric evaluation. During the weekend I usually return phone calls on the next business day. After hours during the week I may not be available to return your call, text, or email until the following day.
Out of respect for my other clients I am seldom able to extend our counseling session beyond 50 minutes, but am happy to book a double session or last minute session when needed. Like any other professional service, I will charge you for a late cancellation or no show. I am happy to offer consultation outside of the session.
I am legally and ethically bound to keep everything we discuss secret except those instances pointed out in your informed consent. However you are not legally bound to keep anything we discuss secret. Therefore it is at my discretion as to whether or not I will share personal information when asked. When it comes to texting and emailing, I ask that you reserve this type of communication only for discussing appointment and scheduling questions and not for anything related to your counseling. While I try to check my email and texts regularly, if you have an urgent concern, last minute cancellation, or need to talk specifically about a problem, you are welcome to leave a voice message via telephone. Also keep in mind that email and other forms of electronic communication are not considered HIPAA compliant and are not considered confidential forms of communication. Therefore you should refrain from including any sensitive information to avoid a breach of your confidentiality.
If you have any other questions, concerns, or suggestions, I am only a phone call, text, or email away. Please do not hesitate to contact me.