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Please Meet Our Therapy Staff

Luke Allen, M.A., PLPC

Sometimes life presents challenges can make that can influence how we cope, feel, and respond to the world and those around us. Luke is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families as they navigate these challenges. Luke holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and philosophy and a certificate in ethics. He received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from New Mexico State University. He specializes in working with individuals and families around issues related to sexual and gender diversity; he also has experience working with a wide range of concerns including addiction, depression, abuse, and anxiety.


 Terry Groves MSW, LCSW
Terry received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Avila University in Spring 2002.  He then continued his educational aspirations and obtained his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas in Spring 2007.  Terry Has over 12 years experience providing various services to children and families within the local community.  Terry's experience includes therapeutic case management, behavioral health technician,Individual therapy, and Inpatient assessments. 
Elizabeth Higgins, MSW, LCSW
Elizabeth received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and her Master's in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Elizabeth has worked with families in agency, home, residential, and hospital settings. She has experience providing individual, family, couples, and group therapy with children and adults. Elizabeth has received training in several treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, it is most important to her that clients create their own goals for treatment and move at a comfortable pace with support and direction as needed.  When working with clients in home, she prefers those in western Jackson County but does also work east.
Kristin Marquez MSCP, LPC

Kristin received her undergraduate degree in Psychology/Sociology from Northwest Missouri State University in December 2010. She then continued on with her education and received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Spring of 2015. She also has taken additional classes and obtained certification in children and adolescent therapy. Kristin has experience in various areas such as individual therapy, group therapy, inpatient assessments, anger management, and providing parental education classes.
Scott Thode, MA, PLPC   

Scott received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2010 and his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance (with an emphasis in family therapy) in 2014— both from UMKC. Scott has experience working with children, adults, and families in various settings, such as the public school system, state social services (KS and MO), higher education, and private practice. Scott uses an integrative theoretical orientation, which includes Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and existential approaches.