913-271-7099 richard@cfhtherapy.com

Richard D. Bates, LMFT, RN

Richard D. Bates, LMFT, M.S. MFT, BAE, RN. I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. I was trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist in collaboration with Friends University and Christ First Counseling Center in Topeka.   My qualifications include a Masters in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy with a license to practice in Kansas, a B.A. in Elementary Education and years of experience as a Registered Nurse in both ICU and mental health. I have been married for nineteen years, have lost three children, am the father of a living son, and survived a marital separation.

I will not ask you to do what I haven’t done myself; and what I have done is found peace, purpose, love, joy and understanding.  A therapist helped me get there. Though able to help with many things, my particular areas of expertise are relationship difficulty, sexual intimacy, career, existential distress (god, purpose, meaningful living, etc) , and parenting.

I can be reached directly (including text) at 913-271-7099 or by email at richard@cfhtherapy.com

Laura Drinkard, LMFT

Maybe you’re asking, “Why did God let this happen? Will He come through for me? What’s the point of all of this?”  Perhaps you’re asking what career path to take or wishing you were happy in your current position. Maybe you’re wondering what happened to your sex life, why you feel unwanted by your partner, or how infidelity came into your relationship and if you will ever be able to overcome it.

I have real peace with God, I am loved, my sex life is amazing, and I wake up every day doing what I love. Career, faith, love and intimacy aren’t just areas I am trained to help others in, they are areas of my life where I have flourished. Going through chronic pain and illness, I personally understand the torture it can bring and how vital hope is to healing.  Although these are places of personal growth, they are just a few of the things I offer help with.

I have learned to love who I am as a woman, regardless of the size of my jeans, or what society says I should look like, and expect others to love me as I love myself.  I have come from a place of low self-esteem into living from the power God gave me as a woman.  I offer the way to other women and teens who might be struggling.  This certainly does not mean I side with women in session, simply that it is an area where I help women grow individually.  This specialty also helps me teach men the answer to the age old question, “What do women want?”

As everyone’s needs are different and unique, I am trained in a number of different modalities to help couples, individuals, and families.  I specialize in empowering women, marital/couples work, sex and intimacy, parent-child relational concerns, as well as other mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

My educational background includes a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Kansas City in collaboration with Christ First Counseling Center in Topeka, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka.  I have also worked extensively in behavioral health and special education.

I can be reached directly (including text) at 785-379-3373 or by email at laura@cfhtherapy.com

Hannah J. Sedgwick, LMFT

Two of my biggest passions are working with children/teenagers and working with athletes. I handle a variety of issues that include anger, depression, anxiety, performance anxiety, behavioral issues, ADHD, abuse/trauma, parenting, step parenting, and co-parenting during and after a divorce. In my previous work at the Child Abuse Prevention Association in Independence, Missouri, I worked with many children and teenagers who were victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Anxiety or stress over sports can happen at any age. As a former Division 1 track athlete at the University of Missouri, and a current record holder for pole vaulting, I understand the pressures that can come with competing at any level. I work to help athletes conquer their anxiety and stresses while competing.
I have learned from personal experience that seeking therapy can be intimidating, especially for children and teens. I work to create a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment to encourage children and teenagers to be open and comfortable during session.
I can be reached directly (including text) at 816-343-4162 or by email at hannah@cfhtherapy.com

Courteney Colvin, LMFT

Though I work with clients of all ages, including couples and families, my true passion is working with children and adolescents. Divorce, anxiety, depression, family conflict, trauma, behavioral issues, gender identity, and/or loss of hope are just a few of the issues which I can offer assistance.
I hold a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from K.U. and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University.  I also currently guide families through crisis at Kaw Valley Center.  My experiences include the Boy’s and Girl’s Club and the Child Abuse Prevention Agency.

I can be reached directly (including text) at 913-703-4209 or by email at courteney@cfhtherapy.com