Kirk Shelton

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kirk Shelton

Licensed Professional Counselor

Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 2016019104
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Ambetter
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Meritain Health
  • New Directions Behavioral Health
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Optum Health
  • United Health Care
Fees: $120 for a 1-hour session
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability


Kansas City, Missouri 64118

My Approach to Helping

Many things in our lives can lead us to reach out when we feel the need for support or help working through challenges. Many of my clients work on trauma and pain they have carried for a long time. I help my clients reorganize patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting in order to adapt to their present reality and to release 'the old stuff.'

I practice from a strengths-based, person-centered approach, collaborating to work toward my clients' growth and healing. I emphasize resilience, self-leadership, and compassion. The familiar ways of dealing with life's challenges may no longer be working, but together we can tap into your natural ability to adapt and change. I welcome clients from a variety of ages and stages, though I particularly focus on older adolescents, young adults, and adults. My 'home base' is a person-centered approach, though I make frequent use of cognitive behavioral techniques. I am credentialed for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based practice to heal from trauma, and use it when appropriate. I sometimes make use of interventions from the Internal Family Systems modality, though have no formal training for it.

I became a therapist because I knew what it felt like to be preoccupied by something crying out to be 'fixed' or 'solved.' I enjoy working with clients to collaboratively address their challenges. I am myself in session, and I enjoy helping my clients unravel layers that sometimes make it difficult to get in touch with themselves. The therapeutic process begins before I ever speak with a client, and it often takes some courage to reach out. If you are considering therapy, call or visit my web portal to consult or schedule a visit.

More Info About My Practice

My practice is entirely Telehealth at this time. I can work with anyone within Missouri via Telehealth.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Because I believe in following my clients? direction, I do not require weekly sessions. However, it is often beneficial to meet more frequently at the beginning of therapy.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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