Who We Are

Serenity Life Resource Center is a collaboration of community leaders who are committed to Kansas City and the surrounding areas. We are dedicated to utilizing the resources within our community to help individuals and families grow strong. These life resources include education, mental health services, leadership development, and basic provisions to ensure the success of our community.

Personal

At Serenity Life we recognize that every individual faces life obstacles that are unique to their situation. Our counselors offer customized and comprehensive treatment while helping you find healing and growth while negotiating the challenges encountered in life.

Professional

Our professionally trained counselors have the education and training to offer a full range of therapeutic services for every stage of life. We serve clients with dignity and respect regardless of race, color, spiritual belief, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Affordable

It is our belief that every person deserves quality counseling, regardless of their financial resources. To assure counseling is affordable, many of our counselors offer income- based fee for services. If we are unable to accommodate your financial situation, we will do our best to help you find services that will.

Courage starts with showing up
and letting ourselves be seen.

Brene Brown

What We Offer

Our premier counseling include the services listed below and more:

  • Individual, couple, and family therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • PTSD
  • Pre-marital and marriage counseling
  • Parenting education and support
  • Divorce recovery
  • Anger management
  • Group counseling

Education, Consultation, and Specialty Programs

Serenity offers education, consultation, and specialty programs as needed throughout the community. We provide Lunch and Learn presentations featuring speakers who offer cutting edge training and resources for community leaders. We are available to come to your organization to provide training for clinical or educational topics. Call (913) 777-6655 for booking or more information.

Counselors

Alyce Collins

Alyce Collins

MA, LPC, NCC

Call for appointment:

913-390-3438

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Andi Burgis

Andi Burgis

Call for appointment:

760-535- 3052

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Andi Kumer

Andi Kumer

M.A., PLPC, NCC

Call for appointment:

816-588- 6728

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Beth Russell

Beth Russell

Executive Director, M.A. LCPC (KS), LPC (MO), NCC

Call for appointment:

913.777.6655

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Jonathan Kindler

Jonathan Kindler

M.A., PLPC, NCC

Call for appointment:

(816) 892-0902

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Leeanna Billups

Leeanna Billups

M.A., LPC

Call for appointment:

913-298-1133

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Patty Cogswell

Patty Cogswell

M.S., LPC

Call for appointment:

816-533-5894

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Locations

  • Kansas City, KS

    4835 Shawnee Drive
    Kansas City, KS 66106
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  • Overland Park, KS

    7930 Santa Fe Dr
    Overland Park, KS 66204
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  • Lees Summit, MO

    521 SE 2nd Street, Suite C
    Lees Summit, MO 64063
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  • Parkville, MO

    17000 NW MO-45 Highway
    Parkville, MO 64152
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  • Olathe, KS

    815 South Clairborne Suite 225
    Olathe, KS 66062
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  • Raymore, MO

    904 South Madison
    Raymore, MO 64013
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  • Riverside MO

    3000 NW 50th Street
    Riverside, MO 64150
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  • Kansas City, MO

    600 NE 46th St.
    Kansas City, Mo 64116
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  • Liberty, MO

    12608 NE 112th Street
    Liberty, MO 64068
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What to Expect

What is Counseling?

Counseling provides an unbiased, warm, and accepting environment for people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships, emotional struggles, and/or life changes or transitions. Counseling provides a warm and accepting atmosphere for people to explore their strengths and learn how to cope with life’s problems.

How do I chose a counselor?

You may click on our Counselors section to read about each of our counselors. This page provides a description of the counselor’s training and specialty areas. This page also gives you the option of contacting that counselor with any questions you may have. Notice we have counselors in convenient locations throughout the Kansas City Metro area, so you are likely to find one in your area.  Once you find a counselor that you feel like is a fit for you, follow the instructions on that counselor’s page for how to schedule with that specific counselor.  If you have further questions, or would like assistance in choosing a counselor, you may call the mainline and we will help you find the right counselor.

How do I know if I need counseling?

If you are thinking through things in your life and you think it would be helpful to have another person involved in that thought process or you just would rather not consider those things by yourself, counseling is a great option. Counseling is helpful for a broad spectrum of situations, including basic life changes and more critical relational, emotional, psychological, and spiritual crisis. Your first visit to a counselors does not mandate you to a second appointment. If you wonder if counseling is the best option for you, make an appointment and see if the experience feels supportive and helpful.

What will happen during a visit?

Your first visit to a counselor is an opportunity to see if that counselor feels like a fit for you.  You may want to bring a list of questions you have for the counselor. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable in the counseling relationship.  You should experience dignity and care throughout the process.

How long does a session last?

Most sessions are 45 minutes to 50 minutes.  The counselor utilizes the last 15 minutes of each hour to plan and track progress of care.  The therapist uses this time to skillfully assess the process to be sure you are receiving the highest benefit.

What is the cost for counseling?

All of our counselors utilize an income-based fee scale. Each counselors has a different minimum and maximum fee which are clearly explained on each counselor’s information page. If you have a question about the fees, you may contact the therapist directly.

Do you take insurance?

Our counselors indicate on their information page whether or not they take insurance. Some counselors choose not to process in-network insurance because of the restrictions that may apply to your care, as a result of insurance company requirements.

All of our counselors can provide a billable medical receipt for you to submit as an out-of-network provider, if you choose to utilize insurance. There are some important facts to know about mental health insurance:

  1. Insurance companies require a diagnosis to pay for services. Many counseling issues do not warrant a full mental health diagnosis. For example, insurance companies rarely cover couples or marriage counseling. If you are in counseling because of a difficult life issue, you may not meet criteria for a diagnosis.
  2. Insurance companies often determine the type of treatment and number of session that will be allowed. If you are more comfortable with a different type of treatment or different pace for sessions, the insurance company will not continue to cover the sessions.
  3. If insurance pays for treatment, the insurance company may view all therapy notes at anytime. Your personal information becomes a permanent record that can be viewed by auditors.

We do our best to provide affordable care options so that you can make an informed choice.