Children often experience big emotions such as anger, sadness, and grief but they haven’t yet developed the cognitive ability to understand or express exactly what they are feeling. This often leads to disruptions in the home, school or even daycare. Play therapy is a proven therapeutic modality that assists children with many issues they are faced with today.
This is where a trained play therapist comes in! We enter your child’s world from his perspective and allow him to guide the play. We begin to identify and understand what your child is experiencing and aid you and your child with tools through this tricky time. With a trained play therapist, play therapy can be an effective treatment to help the child grow, thrive and heal. At Andover Family Counseling, our Registered Play Therapist can walk you through every step of your play therapy journey.
Speaking Events/ Trainings/Supervision
Owner of Andover Family Counseling, Lindsay Sanner, LSCSW, RPT has more than ten years of experience in presenting talks and engaging groups in achieving their goals. Lindsay brings energy, expertise and creativity to every speaking engagement. Plan to not only learn but have fun while doing so! Lindsay has been invited to speak at churches, schools, board meetings, community organizations, just to name a few. Some topics include:
- The Gift of Sex – Sex|Gender Identity + Faith
- Child Sexual Abuse: A Training For Child Educators To Identify And Report Abuse
- Integrating Stress Management and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom
- Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!: A Training for Parents about Sex/Drugs in Elementary School
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the Classroom
Making Friends as an Adult
Creativity in Sessions with Adults
The Neurobiology of Play and How To Be Playful in the Therapy Room/Classroom
Let’s Talk About Sex/Gender (classroom or therapy sessions)
Embracing Diversity-A Cultural Humility Panel
Healthy Sexuality in the School Setting
The Benefits of Play
How to assist teachers with mental health and the after effects of the COVID Pandemic
Q&A with Mental Health Professionals
In addition to trainings, Lindsay is able to provide clinical supervision for Social Workers in the State of Kansas or to Play Therapists in the United States.
Reach out if you are interested in scheduling a speaking engagement with Lindsay.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Our therapist, Lindsay, knows how difficult it can be to live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is why Lindsay has made it a priority to seek evidenced based training programs for her education in this disorder. Lindsay has completed the IOCDF’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute as well as completed consultation with the Director of Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Linday has been trained in both pediatric and adult OCD. When you work with her, you will receive a personalized and manageable treatment plan utilizing both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Response and Prevention-the gold standard for treating OCD.
To learn more about OCD, visit the IOCDF website or reach out to Lindsay.
Therapy can be an ideal option if you have the motivation to make changes but are in a safe play. Reach out to Andover Family Counseling today.
At Andover Family Counseling, our therapists work with families to identify goals personal to each specific family. Some of these goals can be addressing parenting, sibling conflict, separation/divorce, transitions, or grief/loss to name a few. It is tough being a parent, we know that! We understand that! We want you to know you are not alone.
Therapy even helps when everything is going well! Many couples use Couples Counseling as a preventative measure to improve communication, prior to marriage, or to review finances, just to name a few. Reach out to Andover Family Counseling if you feel like Couples Counseling is for you.
Our trained therapists will work alongside you to develop a customized approach to overcome challenges you are facing. Tools that are provided in therapy are practical and can be taken and implemented into your everyday life. Many people seek individual therapy, including successful professionals, people who are struggling in their professional life but happy in their personal, or someone who is wanting to address trauma from the past. We are here to help.
Though your orientation or gender may not be a source of stress or anxiety for you, you want to know your therapist is affirming and has experience, training and familiarity with the LGBTQIA+ community. Or you may be seeking supportive mental health support for gender or and sexual identity issues. If so, then you’ve come to the right place – free of judgement and discrimination. We are committed to helping clients of all genders, sexual identities and expressions feel not only safe but truly respected. Stigma-free, affirming, therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals is available here. Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW, RPT-S is your go-to therapist for this specialty!
If sexual issues are preventing true closeness between you and your partner, you may want to consider sex therapy. Or you want a sex-positive therapist who will support your lifestyle, we are here for you. We are kink, poly, BDSM+ informed and affirming. We welcome clients regardless of their sexual preferences, practices, or identities.
Specific objectives may include:
- Learning to eliminate and relax distractions
- Focusing on the physical relationship between a couple
- Learning to communicate what you’d like in a positive way
- Learning nonsexual touching techniques
- Increasing or enhancing sexual stimulation
- Minimizing pain during intercourse
- Overcoming performance issues
- Intimacy after sexual assault or abuse
- Overcoming mismatched sexual desires with your partner
- Overcoming stigma & shame about sex & masturbation
If you’d like to explore sex therapy, we want you to know that you aren’t alone in having sexual questions or just wanting a sex-positive therapist. Please contact us today for a free consultation to see if we are a good match. Ragan Snyder-Smith, LSCSW, RPT-S is your go-to therapist for this specialty!
What is EMDR Therapy?
According to EMDRIA, “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.”
How does EMDR work?
EMDR helps the brain reprocess trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed, using a technique called bilateral stimulation. It is not hypnosis. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients process negative beliefs and experiences. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.
EMDR has been proven useful for treatment in the following conditions:
- Panic Attacks
- Complicated Grief
- Dissociative Orders
- Disturbing Memories
- Pain Disorders
- Performance Anxiety
- Stress Reduction
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
- Personality Disorders
Contact us to see if EMDR might help you release what no longer serves you.
Geeks and Gamers
Embracing and celebrating geekiness, cosplay, comics, memes, anime and pop culture is a passion at AFC. You deserve a therapist who gets your unique quirks & fandoms. While we don’t get every single pop culture reference, we will honor and celebrate this part of who you are. No shaming, judging, or talking you out of your passions or hobbies. We understand what it’s like to be part of a nerdy subculture. We have specialized training and experience in helping geeks and gamers heal from trauma, abuse or deal with anxiety & depression. Ragan Snyder-Smith will be your go-to therapist for this specialty!
“We’re capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next. Now’s your chance.” -Dr. Who
149 S. Andover Road
Andover, Kansas 67002
1400 Terradyne Dr. Suite 309
Andover, Kansas 67002