Specializing in Play Therapy, DBT and Trauma: Serving Children, Teens, Adults & Couples

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In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention and National Poetry Awareness, Playful Awareness will post a poem a day that relates to child abuse prevention or the healing benefits of poetry/writing throughout April on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/playfulawareness).

We are also offering 20% off to new clients in April.  Self Esteem and Stress Management groups are also starting in April.  Call Sara at (913) 244-8786 for more details.


 Want to feel better?  Let us help!  

We specialize in the use of play therapy, mindfulness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat trauma, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, sensory issues, family conflict, ADHD and Borderline Personality Disorder.

We work with clients ages 3 to 45, offering individual, family, couples and group therapy; phone crisis support; case consultation and community presentations for other agencies.  We also facilitate a quarterly networking group for therapists and mental health/medical professionals in private practice.  Our staff provides a nurturing, nonjudgmental therapeutic approach integrating the latest research on mental health, brain development and the healing powers of play (art, music) and  self-awareness.  We offer advanced, specialized services using Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Play Therapy.  Cognitive behavior therapy services are also available upon request.

Many of our clients are having difficulty with family and social relationships and have experienced some sort of traumatic experience negatively affecting their emotional well-being.  Below is a comprehensive list of the issues we help clients with:

  • abuse and neglect
  • adoption
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • attachment
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity
  • autism (previously Asperger’s)
  • avoidance
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • codependency
  • communication
  • depression
  • dissociation
  • divorce
  • domestic violence
  • emotional disturbance
  • empathy
  • impulsivity
  • life transitions
  • parenting
  • personal boundaries
  • self-esteem
  • self-identity
  • self-harm
  • sensory issues
  • social skills
  • trust issues


We have partnered with the following agencies to promote community awareness of mental health issues:

  • CASA
  • Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Carleen Franz, Educational Psychologist
  • Jenny’s Kids
  • KCSL
  • KVC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Lawrence Art Center Preschool
  • Lawrence Pediatrics
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Success by Six
  • Sunflower Family Therapy
  • Therapyworks
  • The Toy Store
  • Lawrence Pediatrics