Merritt Benz LCSW, Clinical Social Work in Kansas City, Missouri, 64111

Merritt Benz


Merritt Benz


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counsellor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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4106 Central
(the blue and yellow house)
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Bedford Therapy Group
Prairie Village, Kansas 66208

My Approach to Helping

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen." Brene Brown.

Life is messy but good therapy ends. Therapy looks different for everyone and should not last a lifetime. Everyone needs support at different times in their lives and whether you are grieving, feeling anxious/depressed, struggling in relationships, as a parent or living with cancer or illness- you can feel better and function better. My job is to join you and guide you in that process. My role as a therapist is to join you where you are and to guide you in your healing process through what situations or struggles you are currently experiencing.

My approach is largely based on joining children, parents, individuals and couples right where they are in the moment, and not requiring them to feel, look or act differently. From this point we will work together on what healing and wholehearted living looks like to you and decide on what your goals for treatment would be. It looks different for each person and it is not forever.

I offer 50 minute sessions for individuals and couples out of my Westport location. I also provide home based sessions when requested and needed.

In addition I offer three community based groups in addition to home-based team treatment that combines counseling, nutrition and personal training.

Why join a group?

Because there is nothing more powerful than the words, "Me too. I have been there." These words can shatter years of isolation and wondering if we are alone in our struggles, thoughts and feelings. Groups provide connection with others provide a space where you know you belong. Most people in groups do not consider themselves "a group person" but that it what makes them so meaningful. They are filled with normal people, who have normal struggles, who are nervous about sharing but are taking the risk to be vulnerable and in turn are rewarded with healing themselves and also finding connection and healing with others.

Why do you offer the option of home based support?

Home. It is where the heart is, there is no place like it, and it is where both happiness and heartache take place on a daily basis. It is both a safe haven and a battlefield. This can be especially true for parents and families. It is where our intentions collide with the reality of our choices. Traditionally counseling intentionally takes place outside the home. However, there are limits to the efficacy and effectiveness of this approach. Often insights discussed in an office setting are difficult to translate to your daily life and to your home.

That is why we would love to meet you there. Not in our house, but yours. We come to you, we sit with you and we make a plan that fits your life, your routine and who you are as a family, couple, or individual in need. We believe that our job is not to tell you what you -should- do when you leave our office and return home but to encounter you on your turf and on your terms, and see how we can work together for the change that you want to see.

More Info About My Practice

By looking here you have taken the first step towards healing and I see my role as your therapist to join you where you are and guide you in your process of how to live well, no matter what life brings your way. In addition the work we do is largely based on the fit and collaboration between us and I offer a free 30 min consultation by phone or in person to make sure that my approach can work with who you are and where you would like to grow and heal in your life.

To schedule an individual or couples session please click on the "BOOK AN APPOINTMENT" link on the right side of the page or call the number listed. My practice is primarily with individuals and couples but I also offer groups and home based support.

I offer three community based groups in addition to home-based family counseling and interventions.

Parenting Through Crisis Group:

There is no secret to perfect parenting and often the most successful parents are the ones who share their struggles with others. Parents are welcome to join with other parents of children who are in emotional crisis. The goal of the group is for parents to say realize they are not alone in their struggle and to gain helpful tips in parenting children in crisis. There is an amazing sigh of relief when parents connect with others and they can say, "I thought it was just me but now I know I am not the only one going through this."

Women Daring Greatly Together Group:

"Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we will ever do." Based on the work of Brene Brown this women's group will focus moving from our own areas of shame and self blaming behaviors to one filled with purpose and whole hearted living. Developing acceptance for ourselves comes through gaining empathy towards others and sharing our stories with other women.


Our home-based support includes wellness and life coaching, cancer recovery, families in medical crisis, eating disorders, and children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. Sessions are scheduled at a time that is convenient for you and your family. You don't need to worry and you don't need to "clean your house" before we come or entertain us as any sort of guest. We are there to join you and to experience real life, without judgment and make a plan that fits the reality of your life.

Road to Recovery: Cancer Wellness Package

Mind, Body and Soul: Life Coaching and Wellness (Eating Disorders, Athletic Performance and Strength Training and Weight Loss)

Empowered Parenting: Children and Teens in Crisis (Anxiety and Depression, Behavioral Disturbances, and/or Substance Abuse and Addictions)

Call for an appointment and pricing.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

I believe that without empathy very little trust can be built. As you take risks in sharing with me your experiences and emotions, I will join with your in your feelings and struggles and provide a foundation for you to move forward. You will not be left alone in your pain.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Two quotes by Brene Brown best respond to this question and are the foundations of my practice: "Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together." and "Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable but they are never weakness."

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Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Cancer and Chronic Illness, Eating Disorders, Parenting through Crisis, Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, Depression and Anxiety Teens and Young Adults

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • 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
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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