Amy Congdon, MA, PLPC (she/her/hers)
Hello! I’m so glad you found your way here. One thing I believe about therapy: It’s important that you find the best therapist for YOU. That means this might be me or it might be someone else. Only you have the right to make that determination. So, with that in mind, here is a little bit about me and my philosophy regarding therapy:
I identify as a queer, Asian American, cisgender woman. I recently graduated with my MA in Counseling from UMKC and have several years of practice as a therapist-in-training, as well as a background in a variety of settings from formal teaching to community mentorship. I approach therapy from a non-religious standpoint, but have a deep interest in how religion impacts people, including ways that it can act as a source of trauma, while also acknowledging that it can be a source of support. I believe identity is a critical part of self-understanding and healing. For this reason, I enjoy working with folks who are looking to explore their identities which might include sexuality, gender, race, religion, physical and mental ability, and roles in society. I am cognizant that our identities shape our personal and lived experiences in the world, which means that they continually impact how and what we need to heal.
I am LGBTQ+ affirming, sex positive, recognize that relationships come in many forms including both monogamous and consensual non-monogamous structures, and firmly believe that Black lives matter.
Therapy is a process, a journey, and an exercise in self-discovery. It is not a solution to a problem, but rather acts as a piece of the puzzle in finding healing and wholeness. My job as a therapist is to give you a safe space to be seen and known, to ask hard questions, and accompany you to find answers. Therapy is a partnership, and if we determine I am the right person, for now, to walk along with you, I consider it a true privilege.
If you have any specific questions about me, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (816-200-1434). I am happy to offer a phone consult to see if you feel I would be a good fit for your needs.
Areas of Interest: Depression, anxiety, trauma (general, sexual, religious), sex and sexuality, LGBTQ+ and gender identities, relationships (including polyamory/consensual non-monogamy), spirituality/religion, race and racial identity, post-abortion experiences.
Therapeutic Modalities: While I do not specifically subscribe to any one theory or mode of therapy, here are some that I draw upon: Person-Centered Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based practices, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, and various psychodynamic approaches.
Credentials: I hold a Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and am a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) in the state of Missouri and am supervised by Julia Schafermeyer, MA, LPC – MO, license number 2019005073.
Services and Fees
Individual Counseling: My clients range in age from pre-teen/adolescents through older adults. I see clients with a wide variety of concerns including, but not limited to, the following: those struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or trauma, questions of identity around race, gender and sexuality, religion/spirituality, etc., relationship and family challenges, work and vocational struggles, ADHD, grief, and other mental health concerns.
Couples Counseling: I enjoy working with couples who are exploring and navigating challenges related to sexuality, gender identity, and varying forms of relationship structures, including polyamory and consensual non-monogamy.
Fees: The standard rate is for individuals is $95 per 50 minute session and the standard rate for couples is $115 per 75 minute session. I am currently self-pay only and do not accept insurance at this time. I accept electronic payments via debit card, credit card, or FSA/HSA.
**Note: I know that cost can sometimes be a barrier to seeking therapy. For this reason I reserve a number of spots at a reduced/sliding scale rate. If you would like to request a reduced fee, please mention this in your inquiry. If I do not have any open spots, I would be happy to add you to a waiting list or refer you to another clinician in the area.
I am currently seeing clients via telehealth due to Covid-19. **You may request in office sessions (located in Raytown, MO) and I will accommodate whenever possible. Please note that masks are required during sessions in the office.
It’s very important to me that you find a therapist who is a good fit for you and your specific needs. Please feel free to contact me via email or give me a call at the number below if you would like to chat about whether I might be that fit for you. In your email, please include a brief explanation of what your current concerns are and the best way to contact you. I look forward to connecting with you!
Phone: (816) 200-1434