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Stella Fernandez PsyD, LPC, NCC

Psychologist-Owner

I hold a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in diagnostic testing and treatment of Adults, Teens and Couples. I'm dedicated to helping clients reach their personal goals, solve difficult problems and achieve a sense of mastery in their lives.

I provide career testing and coaching for mid-career changers, young adults/students, and executives/entrepreneurs looking to take their work in a new direction. 


Additionally, I provide diagnostic testing and treatment of ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, bipolar, substance abuse and personality disorders.  I take a solutions oriented approach to achieve results in a short period of time. I take pride in establishing a safe place in which life changes, relationship problems and family issues can be handled.  

I'm originally from Chile, South America and have lived/worked in the US for over 36 years. Psychology is my second career and passion (previously a claims manager).

In my spare time I love to travel, exercise, and spend quality time with my husband and family. I truly believe in giving back to my community and volunteer on a regular basis.

For an appointment contact our office at 816-224-4400 or email [email protected]

Kristin Amicone BA

Clinical Intern

I have a Bachelor's degree in psychology and I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  I am a 2nd year PsyD student in The Health Psychology Program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Dr. Stella Fernandez is my supervisor and is providing me with further training in administering assessments, psychotherapy, and cultural diversity.  Under her direct supervision, I hope to continue to grow as a clinician and develop a well-rounded therapy approach that fits the needs of the communities I serve.

In my free time I enjoy going to the park with my 4lb yorkie, binge watching Netflix, exercising, and practicing mindfulness.  My sessions are supervised by Dr. Fernandez and are FREE of charge.  For an appointment contact our office at 816-224-4400 or you may call directly at 330-221-1524  

 

Odely Chinchilla

Clinical Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following are independent providers doing business at Focused Concentration. Their policies, practice, rates & insurance follow their own business structure.

 

 

 

Erica Bench MS, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor-Therapist

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Avila University with a degree in Counseling Psychology.  As a licensed professional counselor I believe that within each of us we have the strength, courage, and ability to make the changes needed to achieve our goals.

I work with those suffering from trauma, relationship issues, addictions, low self-esteem, depression, stress, and anxiety. 

My therapeutic approach is a variety of Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Motivational Interviewing therapies.

I am non-judgmental and professional, although when appropriate, I’ve been known to crack a joke because sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. 


I want to be available for anyone seeking counseling. However, I understand finances
can be a deciding factor as to whether or not a person will pursue counseling. When
appropriate, I will offer a sliding scale payment option for clients based on their income
and family size. Please contact me directly for more information 
and for an appointment contact our office at 816-224-4400.

 

 

Chris Carlin PsyD, LP

Clinical Psychologist

I provide psychotherapy for adults and young adults who struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety (including panic, social, and other anxiety issues), and Bipolar Disorder (both I and II). It is very important to me to find ways for clients to better manage and begin healing the painful aspects of their lives. I very much appreciate helping others move toward an improved sense of well-being, self-worth, and life direction.

For individual psychotherapy I utilize an integration-type model with an emphasis on collaboration and good use of time and effort for both the client and myself. I possess EMDR level II certification (for trauma issues). I appreciate group therapy as a treatment option.

I am accessible, conscientious, caring, and knowledgeable. I believe these characteristics come from my personal nature as well as various life challenges and my growth in response to them. I hold a doctor of psychology degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

To make an appointment call me at 417-321-4881 or call our office at 816-224-4400

 

Rhiannon Moore, PsyD, LP

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Rhiannon Moore is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in work with children and adolescents. She is licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas. Dr. Moore provides part-time services at Focused Concentration in the form  diagnostic and educational testing, as well as brief solution-focused and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). Dr. Moore has experience working with clients dealing with depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, self-harm and suicidal thinking, personality disorders, and substance abuse.

In her full-time employment, Dr. Moore is a Behavioral Health Clinician at an integrated medical, dental, and behavioral health clinic in Olathe, Kansas, where she works closely with medical staff to provide services to those with dual medical and behavioral health diagnoses. She also provides school-based mental health services, working closely with students and families, teachers, school counselors, school social workers, and administrative staff.

Dr. Moore’s previous clinical experience includes working in psychiatric inpatient hospitals, community mental health, the Doula Foundation, a social skills program for children/adolescents, and other educational settings. For an appointment contact our office at 816-224-4400.

 

Jeff Peterson PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCE

Licensed Professional Counselor-Therapist

Dr. Jeff Peterson is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Walden University, with a PhD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision.  Jeff is adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at Avila University in Kansas City.  He is a member of Golden Key and Chi Sigma Iota graduate honors societies, and a two-time graduate scholarship recipient with over 4000 hours of mental-health based volunteer community service.  He is also the co-founder and organizer of the Healthcare Guild (healthcareguild.com), a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities find affirming and culturally competent health care.

Jeff is currently a behavioral health clinician at Saint Luke’s Hospital in their Employee Assistance Program and former Emergency Room behavioral health assessment clinician.  He is a CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) IOP (Intensive Outpatient) Dual-Diagnosis program facilitator; and serves on the editorial review board for the American Counseling Association.  His private practice, Kansas City Psychotherapy, focuses on managing stress and recovering from previous trauma, couples communication and relationship enhancement, managing general and social anxiety, coaching and improving performance, dealing with shame and addiction, and sexual or gender identity issues.  Jeff is also a Counselor Supervisor who provides supervision for those attaining Licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychologist, or Social Worker. 

Jeff is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), American Counseling Association (ACA), American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Colorado Counseling Association (CCA), the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association (GKCPA), and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF), the Consortium for Academic Research in Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), and World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Jeff’s former career was in entertainment and sports television where he worked on the production teams for ABC, ESPN, CBS, NBC, Fox, and National Geographic.  Credits of note include ABC’s Big 10 College Football with Keith Jackson, Bob Griese, and Lynn Swan; NCAA Final Four Basketball Championships; NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs; Fox Sports Major League Baseball; ABC Television’s sitcom "Coach" with Craig T. Nelson; NBC’s investigative series "Unsolved Mysteries;" ABC's Miss America Pageant with the cast of "The Bachelorette;" and National Geographic’s reality series "Shark Men" with the star of "The Fast and The Furious," Paul Walker. To make an appointment call 816-866-5524 or call our office at 816-224-4400