The Behavioral Health Specialists
 
Psychologists
Katie LeCluyse , Ph.D.
  Katie LeCluyse, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of New Orleans. She spent two years in postdoctoral training in the Behavioral Pediatric Department at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She specializes in assessment and intervention with children and adolescents. Her areas of interest include anxiety, OCD, behavior management, adjustment issues, ADHD, social skills intervention and parent training.
   
Allan Schmidt , Ph.D.
  Allan Schmidt, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Kansas and Missouri. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1982, he has worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. In his clinical practice he specializes in the assessment of those with suspected ADHD. He also conducts evaluations for employment issues, fitness for duty, and workers compensation. Business and workplace consultations are described on his web site www.corporateconsults.com.
   
Avner Stern , Ph.D.
  Avner Stern, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist (KS & MO). He received his doctorate from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978, and completed the Postgraduate Diagnostic Program at the Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences. Prior to establishing Behavioral Health Specialists with his colleagues, Dr. Stern was Director of ADHD and Learning Disability Services at Crittenton Behavioral Health, and Director of Doctoral Intern Training and Clinical Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center. His specialty areas include the clinical assessment and management of attention deficit and learning disorders, and diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment in children, adolescents, and adults. He currently serves as consultant to the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, and is on the professional advisory board of the Learning Disability Association of Kansas.
   
Stephen Lassen , Ph.D.
  Dr. Lassen is a licensed psychologist and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2006. He completed his residency in Clinical Child Psychology/Pediatric Psychology at Harvard Medical School and his postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Lassen specializes in the care of children with chronic or life-limiting illnesses and their families. In addition, his practice includes children and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a range of child behavior concerns. In addition to his practice with Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc., Dr. Lassen is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

   
Michelle Coker , Ph.D.
  Michelle Coker, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist (KS & MO). She received her doctorate from University of Arkansas in 1999. She is a former president of the Kansas Psychological Association and has served on the Governor’s Mental Health Task Force. Dr. Coker’s specialty areas include assessment and intervention with children of all ages, from age 3 to adolescents. She also works with adults, families, and schools to resolve a multitude of issues that impact daily living, such as anxiety, anger, fears, depression, attention, behavior, and problems that affect learning.
   
Social Workers
Anne Schmidt , LSCSW
  Anne Schmidt, MSW. is a licensed specialist clinical social worker. She received her Masters in social work from the University of Windsor in 1980. She has extensive experience in the area of addictions, having worked in inpatient and outpatient settings at Henry Ford Hospital and Yale University. She has been in Private practice in the Kansas City area since 1993. She works with adolescents, their families as well as adults.She is experienced in helping patients resolve depression and anxiety including OCD, social anxiety, phobias and panic attacks. She also treats eating disorders and other compulsive disorders. She provides marital and family therapy and continues to expand her knowledge and training in each of the above areas.
   
Kyle Roste , LSCSW, LCSW
  Kyle Roste, LSCSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and is licensed in Kansas and Missouri. He received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1998. Kyle has extensive experience in Family Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Addictions, and various mental health problems.

Kyle draws from his past experience in working as a Team Leader in the inpatient substance dependence setting at North Star Recovery Services, and numerous out patient settings including Community Mental Health Centers and developing programs within the Managed Care setting. Kyle trains Masters level therapists throughout the country in the Functional Family Therapy Model, through his position as a National FFT Consultant (Functional Family Therapy).

He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas Masters of Social Work Program. These past and current experiences are integral to Kyle’s growth as a professional in his areas of expertise…Family Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Addictions, Couples Therapy and Chronic Mental Health Issues.

   
Catherine Lewis , LSCSW
  Catherine has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 20 years. She offers treatment in the areas of grief, trauma, mood disorders, attachment issues, develpmental, and behavioral issues. She is also a Level I Theraplay Practitioner. She is able to connnect with all ages and stages in a respectful and direct manner and is appreciative of all they teach her.

Catherine received her masters degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings with diverse populations.

   
Audra Bell , LSCSW,
  Audra Bell, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Kansas and Missouri. She received her Master of Social Work in 1999 from Washington University in St. Louis. Audra has over 16 years experience in the field of social work. As a residential counselor she helped children and adolescents with developmental disorders and behavioral issues return home and to public school. At Shawnee Mission Medical Center’s mental health unit, she provided crisis assessment, individual, couple and family counseling for adolescents, adults and geriatrics.

Audra specializes in providing emotional support for those experiencing infertility, loss of pregnancy, or stress related to adoption. Audra has personal experience with these areas and understands the need to talk to someone who has been there.

   
Valerie Rodriguez , LSCSW, RPT
  Valerie Rodriguez, LSCSW,RPT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist in Kansas. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work in 2002 from the University of Kansas. Valerie has over 12 years' experience as a therapist with children, adults and families in a variety of clinical settings with diverse populations.

Valerie specializes in providing therapy for children age 3 to adolescent that are struggling with emotional and behavioral concerns, trauma, ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as parenting support and training. In addition Valerie treats adults dealing with adjustment and life stressor concerns, trauma, anxiety, depressive symptoms, mood disorders and family and marital relationship issues. Valerie has extensive training in parenting instruction, training in play therapy, and a treatment modality called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) that is specifically designed to help individuals overcome trauma and has proven to be helpful with individuals dealing with anxiety and depression as well.

   
Laura Ellison , LSCSW, LCSW
  Laura Ellison is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and is licensed in Kansas and Missouri. She received her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997, where she focused her studies on Women, Children and Families. Over the past 17 years, Laura has worked in diverse settings, including clients’ homes, residential centers, group homes, schools, outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs.

Laura has worked with clients of all ages (as young as 3 years of age) and has spent the past five years focused on working with children and adults who have a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum or who have experienced significant trauma. Additionally, she has spent most of her career helping families live and love together.

She is proficient in Sign Language and understands the deaf culture. Laura is experienced in helping clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, and anger. She believes the best approach to helping her clients is to build trust and use the client’s strength and wisdom to help guide them to find their own answers.

   
Tamara Finlen , LSCSW, LCSW
  Tamara Finlen, LSCSW, LCSW is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in Kansas and Missouri. She received her Master in Social Work from University of Kansas in 2009.

Tamara has a wide range of expertise in the areas of substance use disorders, family relationships, legal/court issues, and gay/lesbian youth. She is skilled in divorced parent counseling, in-home family therapy, chronic mental health management, domestic violence, anger management, and childhood trauma counseling. She also provides assessment and treatment of animal cruelty and its related violence against persons.

Tamara works with clients to identify and resolve barriers to progress, engage in treatment options, and gain access to resources. Her philosophy is rooted in the inherent worth of each person, which results in a respectful, positive, and productive clinical relationship with her clients

   
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