Vanessa Knight, LCPC-S, NCC, CCMHC is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC). She is a nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). She is also a board-approved clinical supervisor in Kansas. Vanessa has lived in the Kansas City area for 14 years with her husband, four children, yellow Labrador Cooper and white Labradoodle Nalu.
Vanessa helps couples, as well as parents and their children, to form secure attachments with each other. She helps clients experiencing relationship difficulties and treats clients who are experiencing pain due to a life circumstances. She works primarily with married and unmarried couples, adult individuals, and families; children 10 and up may be seen individually, and children <10 are treated mostly through parent consultation and family sessions to promote the attachment bond between parent and child. Vanessa also has a special interest in loss-related concerns – those associated with death, divorce, adoption, addiction, affairs, abuse, and relationship losses from birth to death. Vanessa strives for clients to feel informal and casual, like seeing a friend who has special training in neurological, emotional and psychological issues. Co-owner and president of Secure Counseling Clinic, Vanessa has a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. In her work as a couples’ counselor, Vanessa has completed training with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotion-Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), and is nearing an advanced certification in couples therapy. Emotion-Focused Therapy is a highly-researched form of counseling, which combines love and the neurobiology of human relationships known as “interpersonal neuroscience.” She also holds a Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology from Portland State University. For six years before obtaining her Master’s degree, Vanessa worked full-time with families in churches and will use the Christian faith in counseling when it is initiated by her clients. She is a TBRI Educator and a TBRI clinician trained by Texas Christian University’s Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development (2012), a program for behaviorally at-risk, domestic and internationally adopted, and foster-care children and teens. Vanessa has worked with families who have adopted in local Kansas City and from over 25 different countries. She completed her masters-level internship at Solace House, a grief and loss supportive counseling center of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. Vanessa belongs to the American Counseling Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling, the National Board of Certified Counselors, Chi Sigma Iota professional honor society, Kansas Counseling Association, Kansas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Service OverviewSpecialties: Anger Management, Anxiety, Attention Deficit, Bullying (Victim or Perpetrator), Caregiver Stress-Burnout, Chronic Pain, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Grief-Loss, LGBTQ Issues, Life Transitions, Low Self-Esteem, Parenting Challenges, Relationship Difficulties, Sexual Intimacy, Social Skills Deficits, Trauma & PTSD, School-Academic Problems, Communication Challenges, Aging Parents-Family Member, Stress Management, Spiritual Concerns, Socio-Cultural Concerns, Infertility Stress, Career IssuesThis refers to the top specialities or issues with which the provider has expertise. Some providers work with other issues as well, but the ones noted here represent their particular strengths. See our page on Common Psychological Challenges to learn more about different types of specialties.Services: Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, Supervision-Clinical Consultation, Spiritual Counseling, Consulting-EducationGoals Addressed: Overcome Addiction, Manage Anger, Lower Anxiety-Feel Calmer, Improve Focus & Concentration, Address Impacts of Bullying, Manage Caregiver Stressors, Cope with Chronic Pain, Improve Mood & Energy, Balance Emotions, Work through Loss, Navigate LGBTQ Identity, Improve Sleep Quality, Improve Social Skills, Adjust to Life Changes, Increase Self-Esteem-Confidence, Improve Parenting Skills-Support, Improve Relationship(s), Experience Healthy Sex Life, Resolve Impacts of Trauma, Inspiration, Effective Communication, Assertiveness, Support for Elders, Stress Management Tools, Explore Spirituality, Explore Impacts of CultureAge Groups Served: Children (0-12), Teens (13-18), Adults, Elders
Philosophy & ApproachTheoretical Orientation(s)Cultural Expertise: Multi-Cultural, Immigrants-Refugees, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hindu, Inter-Faith, LGBTQ, Social Class Issues, Elders, Young Adults-College Students, Disabled Persons, Chronic Health Conditions, Artists, Parenting, Blended-Unconventional Families, Women`s Issues, Men`s Issues, Law Enforcement Staff, VeteransLanguage: EnglishProvider Character Strengths: Appreciation-Gratitude, Approachabilty, Authenticity, Courage, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Curiosity-Open-Mindedness, Enthusiasm, Fairness-Justice, Forgiveness-Accepting, Generosity, Humility-Modesty, Humor-Playfulness, Kindness, Leadership, Love of Learning, Optimism, Patience, Perseverance, Pragmatism, Self-Discipline, Social Intelligence, Spirituality-Faith, TeamworkThis is based on the research done by the 'Via Institute on Character' (VIA = Values in Action), a think tank led by Martin Seligman, PhD., founder of "Positive Psychology". Providers in our directory can list what they feel are their top 4 character strengths, in order to help prospective clients gauge their compatibility. Research has shown that 'Professional-Client' rapport is a significant factor impacting outcomes of psychological services. You can learn more about signature strengths here: Identify Your Strengths.
FinancesCost Per Session: $125Insurance Accepted: Out of Network CoverageMethods of Payment: Cash, Check, Credit Cards, Flex Spending AccountsSliding Scale: Yes
CredentialsLicense/Certification: LCPC-S, NCC, CCMHCEducation: MA and postgraduates certificateYears in Practice: 10
Office DetailsBusiness Hours: Evenings, Fridays, SaturdaysWeekend Appointments: Yes
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