Alicia Polk

LPC, PLPC, NCC, CCPT, GC-C, BC-TMH

Alicia Polk

LPC, PLPC, NCC, CCPT, GC-C, BC-TMH

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Professions: Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Jennifer Agee, LCPC
Primary Credential: Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor - 2017023658
Secondary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 3088
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Fees: My fee is $90 per session, although I do offer sliding scale rates between $30 - $60 for those who qualify.

* I accept Kansas Medicaid.
* I am able to provide you with a superbill required when you submit for out of network reimbursement.
* Counselors are not eligible to participate in Medicare but I do offer a special rate for those who have Medicare but are willing to pay out of pocket.
* I offer a special rate to those on disability.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

605 Cherry St
Suite 320
Belton, Missouri 64012
8826 Santa Fe Dr
Suite 210
Overland Park, Kansas 66212

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My Approach to Helping

I invite you to meet with me for a free 30-minute consultation prior to starting counseling so that you can make sure we are a good fit. This is important to me because the relationship between the two of us is the single biggest factor in the results you get, so you want a therapist you feel comfortable with. My approach is to work as a partnership: you are the expert in you. I am the trail guide who can offer suggestions about various routes we can take to get where you\'d like to go. And if you aren\'t sure yet where you want to end up, that\'s not a problem. We\'ll figure it out together! I am told frequently by people new to my office that they feel safe and secure with me.

It is also very important to me that we track your progress each week and that each week you are able to give me feedback on the session. If I missed something or misunderstood you, I want to know right then so I can make it right. Again, it\'s all about the quality of the relationship. However, if you come from a background that has left you feeling uncomfortable with providing this kind of feedback (perhaps you were punished for having an opinion as a child), I will not insist that you give me this feedback. Research has shown that people whose therapists use this type of feedback tend to get better results than clients whose therapists do not use it and they tend to get those results in less time.

My approach is to focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses and to give you any tools I believe will be helpful. The goal is for me to work myself out of a job with you, not to make you dependent upon me forever. I love cheering on your successes and you will find that I am likely to check in with you between sessions if you are having a particularly challenging time. I am big on encouraging self-compassion and you\'ll hear me reminding you to \"be kind to yourself.\" I utilize approaches that I believe will benefit the client the most, but my primary approaches are CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), compassion-focused therapy, and person-centered.

More Info About My Practice

I offer evening and weekend hours to meet the needs of your busy schedule. I\'m board-certified in telemental health (video counseling) and can work with people anywhere in Kansas or Missouri. I\'ve been practicing since 2017.

* I am board-certified (National Certified Counselor).
* I am board-certified in telemental health (BC-TMH) (video counseling)
* I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
* I am a Grief Counselor-Certified (GC-C)

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Insomnia sleep issues
Nightmares
Chronic pain
Trauma and dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as "multiple personality disorder")

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

I have been saddened by the number of my people who have shared with me their previous bad therapy experiences. Therapy is the last place you should feel judged, ignored or unimportant, or hopeless. One of the highest compliments I ever received was a woman who was a survivor of abuse and who watched every tiny expression and movement I made tell me that she felt very safe with me in my office. I want the same for you, too, so I'm inviting you to meet with me for a free 30-minute session. Ask me your hard questions and see how you feel with me. And if I'm not the right therapist for you, I will be happy to give you the names of some therapists I believe could be a good match. It's hard enough to reach out for help, but when you've had a bad experience in the past, it's much harder. I want to tell you how brave you are and how committed I see that you are to changing things to give it another try.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

In most cases, what you may be calling "symptoms" or "problems" are coping mechanisms that were helpful for you at some point in the past. Unfortunately, those coping mechanisms are not helpful in your present. I believe it's important to appreciate that at one point they were helpful to you even as we work to address them now.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQ+ (I have no particular special training for this group but I am fully supportive of this population. I will explain why if you ask).

    Trauma survivors and those with dissociative disorders - I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

    People with sleep problems. See my website for testimonials from health care professionals who refer their patients to me.

    People who are in chronic pain.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
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