Services We Offer

Learn more about how we can help. Explore the services we offer by clicking the headings below.

Individual Therapy

Our confidential and supportive approach to individual therapy involves:

  • obtaining mutual understanding of your presenting concerns
  • collaborating to establish and achieve goals for treatment
  • teaching you how to manage symptoms and implement healthy coping skills
  • instilling hope and empowering positive change
  • an approach that focuses on your specific needs and highlights your strengths throughout therapy

 

Telehealth Psychotherapy Services

Understanding Minds is excited to be able to offer telehealth services. Telehealth allows you to participate in therapy from the comfort and privacy of your own home or office using a computer or tablet. We use a HIPAA compliant program called Zoom that is similar to that of Skype or Facetime with additional security features. Telehealth can be the perfect option for working professionals, parents, students, persons with disabilities, and those who reside in rural areas but are looking for professional mental health services.

Telehealth is appropriate for most presenting problems but is not recommended for persons with suicidal or homicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior, substance abuse, eating disorders, psychosis, and some other presenting conditions. While all Understanding Minds clinicians have training in telehealth services, Dr. Lynn McDaniel is is completing her telemental health provider certification and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Missouri.

At Understanding Minds, we recognize that there are many barriers to accessing mental health services, and we are proud to be able to offer telehealth as an option as it significantly improves access to treatment. Furthermore, many insurance plans now cover telehealth services. Contact our office today to find out more about telehealth therapy and whether it is a good fit for you.


 

Couples Therapy

Our collaborative and supportive approach to couples therapy involves respect for all different relationship preferences and:

  • begins with an assessment of each person’s reasons for seeking treatment and motivation to work on the relationship
  • focuses on replacing maladaptive communication patterns and interactions with healthier ones
  • aims to strengthen trust in the relationship
  • increases self-understanding as well as understanding of your partner
  • enhances emotional connection
  • addresses sexual concerns when applicable
  • teaches problem-solving and healthy boundaries
  • can assist in healthy separation and co-parenting for those who decide what is healthiest is to end the relationship

 

Family Therapy

Each family is a unique system with established patterns of communication, intimacy, as well as approaches to problem-solving and conflict-resolution.  We collaborate with family members to:

  • identify each person’s perspective of the problem(s)
  • explore and establish goals for treatment
  • replace unhealthy family system dynamics with healthier ones through improved: communication, empathy, conflict resolution, establishment of roles and boundaries, as well as emotional connection

 

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an alternative to individual treatment and involves a small number of individuals meeting as a group with a trained therapist.   Our supportive and successful group experiences contribute to you:

  • feeling supported and validated knowing that you are not alone in your experiences
  • developing improved social and interpersonal skills
  • learning different ways of thinking about yourself, others, and your experiences
  • enhancing your coping skills and self-esteem
  • experiencing a decrease in symptoms
  • improving your problem-solving skills

**Contact the office to learn more about what groups are available today.

Play Therapy

Children often express their thoughts, feelings, and behavior through play.  Our practice offers a play therapy room with skilled play therapists to allow your children opportunities for:

  • understanding emotion
  • expression of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that they are unable to verbalize using language
  • learning and practicing healthy communication, social, and problem-solving skills
  • sand tray therapy
  • directive play therapy
  • non-directive play therapy

 

Psychological Evaluations

Looking for a comprehensive understanding of you or your child’s cognitive, attention, emotional, behavioral, and/or personality functioning?  


Psychological testing and evaluation reports:

  • Provide essential information about one or more areas of functioning
  • Clarify diagnoses based on multiple sources of data
  • Include thoughtful recommendations based on you or your child’s unique needs
  • Involve a feedback session to ensure your understanding of the findings
  • Assess for anxiety, ADHD, depression, OCD, intelligence, behavior problems, autism spectrum disorders, personality patterns/disorders, and more
  • Leave you feeling empowered as you have gained insight into you or your child’s psychological functioning with concrete steps for how best to proceed.

 

Psychological Screenings

It can be difficult to know if symptoms rise to the level of severity to require intervention and to track progress over time when on medication or in therapy.  We find that people often ask themselves:

Are my child’s moods and behavior typical for their age and development, or is my child experiencing something more significant that requires treatment?

Am I really depressed/anxious or is this just life stress?

Is this medication and/or therapy really improving my symptoms?

If you ask yourself these types of questions, it is worth scheduling a psychological screening to identify types of symptoms present and whether they warrant treatment.  Screenings can be helpful for:


  • Identifying types of symptoms being experienced
  • Determining whether symptoms warrant treatment
  • Tracking progress over time
  • Identifying at risk populations
  • Aiding physicians in making medication decisions