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Meet the Staff

Patricia (Patti) Ballard, LPC

Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Avila University and undergraduate in Psychology from Park University. In addition to her license she holds several certifications. She is a professional member of the American Counseling Association, Pi Gamma Mu Pi, Greater Kansas City Psychological Association, and the LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Kansas City. She continually educates herself by attending conferences, keeping up with current therapy research, and seeking further educational credits.

In addition to her counseling experience, Patti has over 15 years of management experience working with a wide variety of clients in varying industries.  Her diverse background makes her exceptionally qualified to work with diverse populations and cultures on topics of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, relationships, decision making, stress, conflict resolution, and family matters.  She has counseled individuals, business professionals and families.

She has learned when an individual or families experience severe life stressors or trauma it is not uncommon for their lives to begin to unravel. Often, they make poor choices and find themselves in need of help. Her passion is helping the individual or family regain control of their lives, make positive choices, and find forgiveness in themselves. She works closely with individuals and families by providing them the tools needed to obtain a healthy perception of self and strengthen their relationships so they can be at peace, feel whole again, and feel a sense of safety to self and others.

Patti knows there is not a single therapy modality that is right for every individual. Therefore, she provides a collaborative approach on various modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, goal setting, psychoeducation and positive therapy to help clients make changes.

Michelle Acevedo, LMSW

Michelle is a licensed social worker and practicing therapist in the states of  Kansas and Missouri.  Michelle earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Park University.  Michelle also holds a Master's Degree from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management. Michelle works with children, adults, individuals, and families on areas related to trauma, family dynamics, reunification of separated families, and emotional regulation.  Michelle has over 14-years of experience in different sectors of the behavioral health field; including Intensive In-Home Therapy, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital and Residential Treatment Facilities as a Behavioral Therapist, Grief and Loss Counseling, and Parenting and Anger Management Groups and Support. Michelle serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Mary teaching Child and Adolescent Psychology and Aging since 2014. Michelle's therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help individuals effectively address personal life challenges and assist each individual in reaching their maximum potential. Michelle is committed to assisting each individual build on their existing strengths to live their best possible life. Michelle also specializes in Trauma Informed Care (TST), a treatment modality to help children, adults, and  families who have experienced a traumatic events. 

Samantha Park –  Spanish/English Interpreter

Originally from Costa Rica, as a child her American father sometimes practiced English with her while growing up. She has had the privilege to translate and interpret for her family for many years to develop her abilities, once she moved to the United States, she perfected her skill in school and around peers who spoke English, she would translate any chance she had.

As an adult Samantha has worked in many fields where she had to use both languages English and Spanish, from customer service, to the medical field, to now have been working with Associates at Hope Harbor for the past 3 years as our main interpreter. She is an excellent communicator and has added much value to our organization.

Samantha also runs our Spanish parenting program and handles classes for our English and Spanish speaking clients for the Financial Crimes and Healthy Living Class.

 

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