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

I have been married for 11 years and have been a parent to a beautiful daughter for 9.  My background in mental health is extensive as I have worked for many years with those suffering from severe mental illness and the families of those affected, families separated by divorce working toward reintegration, as well as children and families struggling with developmental disorders.  My specialties include couples counseling including passion and intimacy, spirituality, parenting, depression/anxiety, and those looking for a place to grow.  These are all areas where I have struggled personally and have overcome. 


I was abused spiritually growing up, meaning that God was used against me.  I was taught about grace but was never shown it.  When bad things happened, I was told I lacked faith and needed to pray the “right way”.   Trying for decades to do everything the “right way”, I finally gave up.  I realized I could never win.  I had been treading water tirelessly.  When I let go of my fear of being “right” and “good” was when I found true peace with God.  With this peace and freedom came the opportunity to explore my relationships with a new light.  My newfound relationship with God has become the lens in which I now view my relationships with my husband, daughter and, most importantly, myself.


My educational background includes a B.S in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Kansas City in conjunction with Christ First Counseling Center in Topeka.


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

Benjamin Smalley, t-LMFT

M.S. Family Therapy – Friends University

I am a seeker. I seek meaning and beauty through the journey of learning and growing. Several of my earliest memories are of conversations with others and myself about meaning. I’ve pursued this yearning throughout my private, vocational and academic lives. In doing so I’ve arrived at a place where I have the opportunity to help bring beauty and meaning in the lives of others. This is my passion.

I do this with individuals, couples and families – primarily working with adolescents and adults. So much of the growth we desire comes in the form of healing of wounds and rebuilding of identity. To do this I am: Trained in evidence-based therapeutic practice, Equipped by licensure with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board and membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Eager to help you pursue your next best step in growth.

Are you searching for yourself?  Do the answers that you grew up with no longer work for you?  Are you sick of the roles that the world is asking you to play?


“out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

The world is too full to talk about.”



When I’m not up to therapy I enjoy the arts, writing, play sports with my people and spend time with a rich, connected family and friend community.

I can be reached directly (including text) at 913-343-1028 or by email at benjamin@cfhtherapy.com