Kansas City Marriage Counselors and Couples Therapists

Dr. Michelle Washburn-Busk

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

I believe that all humans have an innate capacity for growth, but that growth is often thwarted by a lack of self-awareness, self-compassion or self-confrontation. I aim to help couples and individuals heal from pain and anger, to examine the values and motives driving their actions, and to access new levels of joy and fulfillment by honoring the most authentic version of themselves. I will work collaboratively with you to make new meaning of pain, betrayal, mental illness, or everyday trials, and I will guide you through examining the ways you exert or resist influence from your partner. I specialize in working with couples where one or both partners feels helpless or disempowered, often resulting in disconnection. I also help clients navigate shame and the residual effects trauma can have on relationships. I research and teach about how partners influence one another to navigate fairness in their partnerships.

I completed my Master’s degree and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Kansas State University. My husband and I love kayaking, gardening, camping, trying new food, and exploring new cities together. We adore and spoil our two dogs.

Michelle sees clients in our Independence office.

Paul Busk

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Keeping passion and connection in relationships while also thriving as individuals is a goal that many of us have. Balancing these aspects of life can be difficult, especially when life stressors, mental or emotional disorders, or trauma present themselves. My goal is to help clients achieve their goals of connection and personal growth, while challenging them to act on the best parts of themselves. I am passionate about working with couples struggling with intimacy and desire issues. My approach in working with couples centers on differentiation based therapies and encourages both individual and couple growth.

I have experience working with families, individuals and adolescents struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, personality disorders and sexuality, using emotionally focused family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. My approach in working with families aims to create an environment conducive to understanding and being understood.

Paul sees clients in our Independence office.

Christina Wilson

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Being alive and creating the type of relationship you want can feel like a full-time job. If you are trying to reduce resentment after years of misunderstandings, heal after infidelity, renew your relationship as empty nesters, navigate differences in emotional and physical desires, start your marriage on the right track through premarital therapy, and more, I encourage you to set up a first session or consultation call with me.

While I specialize in working with couples (which can take many different forms: dating, married, non-monogamous, separated, co-parenting, etc.), I also work with individual adults struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and setting boundaries. I am a queer-affirming, sex-positive therapist and take a firm stance on inclusivity, and though it is unlikely that we match in all identities, I work with humans of all backgrounds and aim to honor your story. 

Since you might currently be lost and needing a map to a new path forward, I can be the guide who strikes a balance between collaborative and structured so that you can feel empowered but have someone helping you through. The next courageous step onto that path is to reach out to our wonderful administrative team.

Christina sees clients in our Independence office.

Megan Dippold

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I think we are all wired for and worthy of love and connection. Whether that is connection to ourselves or to others, I believe the desire to belong lives inside each of us. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, though. There can be so many places where shame, doubt, old wounds, and miscommunication disorient and disconnect us. As a therapist, I consider it a great privilege to partner with you as we collaboratively work through some of the things that might be keeping you stuck.

To my core, I am a hope-holder, passionate about meeting you where you are at and helping you figure out how to get to where you want to go. I believe that the process of therapy challenges each of us to grow and change so that we can become the best versions of ourselves and ultimately lead healthier, more authentic lives.

I completed my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University and while I love all that the mountains and water have to offer, Kansas City will always be home for me. I have experience in working with individuals and couples and am passionate about working with issues of intimacy, identity exploration, grief, trauma, and infidelity. Outside of work, I love reading and writing, playing guitar, and getting outside when it’s not too cold. If you feel like I might be a good fit for you, I’d love to connect.

Megan sees clients in our Overland Park office.

Dr. Aimee Hubbard

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Associate Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Relationships face so many challenges, but I'm here to help couples navigate these ups and downs. In our sessions, I aim to offer expertise while honoring your lived experience. I take a trauma informed and non-judgmental approach that blends compassion with humor to help you find the best path forward. Embracing diversity and supporting the LGBTQ+ community are integral parts of my practice, ensuring that everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. Beyond my formal education, I'm a lifelong learner that is committed to providing the best care.
Common reasons people seek me out include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-acceptance, shame, boundaries, communication, disconnect, low desire, infidelity, transition to parenthood, sex therapy, or navigating menopause. By identifying patterns and encouraging new responses, I help couples cultivate thriving relationships.
As a therapist specializing in couple dynamics, I'm confident in my ability to help you uncover your unique strengths and discover pathways to a fulfilling relationship. Let's take the first step together with a free 15-minute consult call to see if I'm a good fit. Together, we can create a relationship that's strong enough to overcome life's challenges.

Aimee sees clients in our Independence office.

Dr. Brady Eisert

PhD

Do you find yourself stuck in the same patterns day after day, whether in a particular relationship or your own life? Are there parts of you that feel terrified, suppressed, dead, or buried? Perhaps you even dread that you will never be able to live a meaningful life. Life is too short to allow trauma, depression, anxiety, self-hatred, or existential crises to prevent us from living genuine, meaningful lives. Relationships are too fundamental to our wellbeing to let fester.

As a couple and family therapist, I specialize in relationships (and yes, that includes your relationship to yourself!). My primary therapeutic goal is to create a safe, compassionate environment that allows those I work with to continue discovering who they are and to integrate that authenticity into their lives and relationships. I believe that healing takes many forms and that hope can be found at the most unexpected times. Whether you are struggling in your relationship with your partner(s), with your family, with yourself, or even with religion/worldview, I would be honored to join you as a fellow traveler on your unique life path.

I grew up in the Western United States, where I received my master's degree in marriage and family therapy. I am currently a doctoral student at Kansas State University. Outside of work and school, I enjoy dancing, movies, fantasy books, nature, and pizza.

Brady sees clients virtually.

Addie Cutler

PLMFT

You wish your relationship and life felt more connected, authentic, and whole. You desire to show up as your best self, but find that it’s so much harder than it should be. You tell yourself that you should forgive, move on, commit; and that you should have changed already! You feel bogged down by anxiety and fear, wondering if things can really change. You hope to find deep connection and healing, and hope that therapy is the next step on your path. Let’s walk together toward the life you desire! 

In our sessions, you will begin to understand how your past and present impact how you feel today. We will work toward freedom to choose how you respond to life’s challenges, untethered from old patterns. I will support you as you practice connecting with yourself or your partner in new ways. I will challenge you to grow, offering support and understanding along the way. I balance empowering your growth with recognizing systemic contributions to well-being. 

My practice is grounded in acceptance. I am LGBTQ+ affirming; you are welcome just as you are. I work with individuals and couples on issues including infidelity repair, developing healthy conflict skills, sex and intimacy, premarital/precommitment therapy, and reigniting or deepening connection.   

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and then spent a decade learning and exploring in Colorado. In Kansas City you can find me going for walks, playing board games, and working on DIY projects. I have a charming spouse and three adorable pets.

Addie sees clients at both our Independence and Overland Park offices.

Eileen Kerrigan

PLMFT

I believe that relationships are one of the best resources that we have. It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and hopeless when our relationships feel like an additional stressor on top of an already busy, and sometimes isolating life.

My goal is to increase personal growth and fulfillment in the lives of each partner and couple by creating a space for openly sharing and addressing patterns that detract from connection. I am passionate about helping clients understand and work through the barriers that prevent effective communication and explore the influence of our families.

I work with individuals and couples and love to help clients as they meet their goals. If you feel like I might be a good fit for you, please reach out via phone or email.

I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and moved back after I completed my Masters from Oklahoma State University. Outside of work I love trying new recipes and taking my dogs for a walk!

Eileen sees clients at both our Independence and Overland Park offices.

Dr. Jared Anderson

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

I have been working in the field for 20 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor, teacher, academic, researcher, and author. My passion is to help individuals become more of who they want to be and to help couples build satisfying, passionate relationships that are worth wanting. I believe that when we are each operating from the best in us our relationships have a better chance of flourishing. I also teach in the areas of couples and sex therapy and human sexuality and I conduct research on factors related to healthy couple relationships.

I completed my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Kansas State University and my PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota. I grew up in the Kansas City area and I have been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty years. We have four kids and we enjoy sports, hiking, camping, international adventure travel, reading and spending time together as a family.

Jared sees clients virtually.

Kelsey Ellis

PLMFT

I embrace a humanistic existential approach to guide you on your journey towards a more fulfilling and authentic relationship. I understand that relationships can be complex, and – sometimes - we find ourselves feeling disconnected, misunderstood, or overwhelmed by challenges in our lives. My goal is to create a safe and supportive space for you and your partner to explore these difficulties and discover new ways of relating to one another.

My approach encourages open dialogue, empathic listening, and mutual understanding as fundamental building blocks of a healthy partnership. I recognize that each person brings their own experiences, beliefs, and values into the relationship, and I seek to explore these aspects to better understand the dynamics at play. Through collaborative exploration, I aim to uncover the underlying issues, patterns, and conflicts that may be hindering your relationship's growth and satisfaction. To do this, I focus on the exploration of themes such as freedom, responsibility, authenticity, and the search for meaning – individually and relationally.

My goal is not to provide quick fixes or impose our own beliefs upon you, but rather to support you in discovering your own unique path towards a more fulfilling relationship. I assist you in deepening your self-awareness, fostering empathy, and understanding, and cultivating a sense of purpose and shared meaning in your partnership. Together, we will explore the depths of your experiences, nurture your personal growth, and facilitate the transformation of your relationship into a source of joy, intimacy, and mutual support.

Outside of the therapy room, I’m often found doing needlework, visiting museums, and experimenting with new recipes.

Kelsey sees clients in our Independence office.

Randi Lechtenberger-Mitchell

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a collaborative therapist who wants to work alongside my clients to ensure their therapy goals are met. I believe people have the most extraordinary capacity for change when they have a space to express emotional vulnerability while feeling safe and heard. One of my primary goals is to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can be vulnerable as they navigate the complexities of their relationships. I am a trauma-informed therapist, and when needed, I am direct and challenge my clients while maintaining empathy and compassion. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I am passionate about working with trauma survivors and am trained in EMDR therapy. 

I graduated with my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University before moving to KC with my husband, two cats, and the Great Pyrenees. I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my free time, reading, and being in nature!

Randi sees clients in our Overland Park office.

Jen Regier

S-MFT

Therapy is a deeply personal and collaborative journey. I want to empower you to grow into the best version of yourself while learning to connect and communicate in congruent ways. The journey to your best self will involve acknowledging emotions, cultivating self-awareness, and reaching for self-compassion. I bring experience and expertise to support you in navigating the nuances and stuck points of intimate partnerships, overcoming the challenges of infidelity, untangling communication issues, and addressing concerns related to sex, desire, and intimacy. I also have expertise in navigating the complexities of life transitions, grief, divorce, anxiety, and depression, as well as religious deconstruction/trauma.

I approach therapy from an experiential, cognitive, and emotion-focused lens that offers safety, structure, equity, compassion, and self-confrontation. I am a trauma-informed therapist and utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) when working on specific trauma issues. I am an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist who works with all identities and orientations. I hold a Master's degree in Couples & Family Therapy from Kansas State University and a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Emporia State University.

In my free time, I enjoy stand-up comedy, walking my dog, painting, music, and reading a good memoir.

Jen sees clients at both our Independence and Overland Park offices.

Alison Boyles

Clinical Administrative Coordinator

Sometimes reaching out for help can be intimidating. It's natural to feel uncertain about what to expect on the other end of the phone and vulnerable when sharing deeply personal information. That's why my goal is to provide an initial point of contact that answers your questions and leaves you feeling heard and supported as you navigate seeking therapy services.   

I’m genuinely invested in the well-being and success of our clients and therapists. My top priority is creating an environment where everyone feels acknowledged, empowered, and well-informed. I believe in fostering a sense of community and ensuring that individuals feel comfortable sharing their concerns and receiving the assistance they need.

Beyond my professional role, I have been fortunate to live in various locations throughout the United States and overseas while staying connected to my Midwestern roots. Whether paddleboarding down a creek, hiking a mountain, or even running a soggy race in the rain, I find solace and joy in immersing myself in nature, using outdoor adventures as a self-care means. Additionally, parenting three kids and navigating a long-time marriage to my high school sweetheart has shown me the value of growth and the endless opportunities to improve for myself and others.