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Kansas City Psychotherapy Client Resource Center

Click on the links above to find resources in specific categories.  Also, below are some general resources that might be helpful, including my in-office forms and on-line feedback assessment.  We have taken the time to compile resources, including hundreds of videos, articles, worksheets, exercises, meditations, book recommendations, humor, and inspiration.  As part of our services, we provide a clearinghouse of resources for all of our clients.  Please share these pages with your friends and family.  These resources are constantly being updated, so check back often!   

New Client Intake Forms

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KCPsychotherapy Intake Form and Symptom Measure.pdf

KCPsychotherapy - Client Services Agreement 3-11-16 Kansas City.pdf

Client Feedback Survey & Clinical Forms

It is the goal of Kansas City Psychotherapy to provide quality service to each and every client.  We invite you to complete an anonymous 60-second survey to assess the quality of the services provided. 

Client Feedback Survey for Jeff Peterson

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Additional Information for Clients:

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Patient Rights Information

Psychotropic Medication Quick Reference.pdf

Couples and Family Counseling Agreement.pdf

Directions for Setting up Virtual or On-Line Therapy

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Jeff Peterson - Presentation Archives

March 18, 2016 - The Developmental Impact and Long-Term Effects of Shame.  Greater Kansas City Psychological Association (GKCPA) Workshop

Jeff Peterson presentation for Mental Health America in Kansas City, MO. 

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to better serve the needs of sexual and gender minorities in a clinical setting. Participants will be able to demonstrate practical ways to reduce and eliminate sexual and gender identity microaggressions in healthcare settings, as well as how to provide better care to sexual and gender minorities overall.

Course Objectives:

- Define appropriate terminology when addressing LGBTQIA concerns.

- Explain why reparative therapy is harmful to minors and therefore banned in some states.

- Develop skills for critically reflecting on their own social ecology and layers of identity.

- Discuss what providers can do to improve care to LGBTQ clients.



Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ Clients March 2016.pdf

Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ Clients - HANDOUT.pdf

January 29, 2016 - The Developmental Impact and Long-Term Effects of Shame.  Greater Kansas City Psychological Association (GKCPA) Workshop

Jeff Peterson presentation for the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association at Research Hospital, Kansas City, MO. 

This educational workshop is focused on helping social workers and mental health clinicians understand the dynamics of shame within a variety of client populations, particularly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning (LGBTQ). This includes identifying those at greater risk, examining attempts to reduce shame via adaptive/maladaptive responses, exploring how shame works via the compass/cycle of shame, and discussing the connection between trauma, judgment, self-worth, and shame. Together we will discuss best practices and what social workers & healthcare providers can do to help their client s mitigate the harmful effects of shame.

Course Objectives:

- Summarizing the devastating Losses Due to Shame

- Assessing for Shame - Evaluation techniques and identifying those at Greater Risk

- Outlining and Understanding the Compass of Shame - Learning how one attempts to Reduce or Avoid Shame

- Formulating an understanding of the Connection Between Trauma and Shame

- Deconstructing the connection between Judgment, Self-worth, & Shame

- Identifying Best Practices for Dealing with Shame

- Breakout Session: Devising What Providers Can do to Improve



The Developmental Impact and Long-Term Effects of Shame - Jeff Peterson.pdf

November 10, 2015 & April 10, 2015 - Reducing Sexual and Gender Identity Microaggressions in Mental Health Counseling

Jeff Peterson presented on sexual and gender microaggressions at the Colorado Counseling Association 2015 Conference and for the Kansas City Behavioral Health Professionals lunch and learn.  In this workshop, attendees learned how to advocate for reducing sexual and gender microaggressions and learned to demonstrate how such microaggresions act as a significant deterrent for LGBT individuals seeking healthcare.  Participants will develop skills for instructing healthcare administrators, providers, and policy makers on critically reflecting their own social ecological layers of identity.  Attendees learned how to demonstrate practical ways for reducing or eliminating sexual and gender identity microaggressions in healthcare settings.  This interactive roundtable workshop begins by defining appropriate terminology for addressing issues pertinent to sexual and gender minorities.



Microaggressions CCA Presentation.pptx

September 19, 2013 - Banning Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (Conversion Therapy) as a Public Health Intervention

Background:  Nearly every major medical association, including the: American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, American Counseling Association, American Psychiatric Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Academy of Pediatrics have cautioned against the use of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) primarily because: a) such treatments do not have adequate scientific evidence demonstrating their effectiveness, b) overlook established scientific understanding of human sexuality, c) mischaracterizes homosexuality as being a pathological or developmental disorder, and d) are more likely to cause harm due to the distress associated with self-rejection and social stigmatization.  The American Psychological Association assigned a task force to assess the effectiveness of SOCE and released a report in 2009 titled, Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.  The report suggested that practitioners should accept and support clients dealing with struggles surrounding their sexual orientation.  This includes a clinical focus on identity development and exploration, active coping skills development, and enhanced social support building, without directing the client towards a specific sexual orientation identity outcome.  There has been a recent resurgence of the use of SOCE and despite mounting evidence, ethical codes against its use have been slow to develop and licensing boards have been hands off in addressing the use of such treatment practices.  Some have argued that this demonstrates an entrenched socialized prejudice requiring social justice intervention; hence the recent introduction of legislation banning the use of conversion therapy in minors. 

Mark Thrun is the Director for the STD/HIV Prevention and Control program at Denver Public Health; an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School Of Medicine; and the Director of the Denver STD/HIV Prevention Training Center.

Jeff Peterson (formerly Jeff Lubsen) is a psychotherapist in private practice and the organizer of the Healthcare Guild, a grassroots organization dedicated to improving both mental and medical healthcare services for sexual and gender minorities.

Josh Peterson is a medical student and public health professional who oversees the medical outreach for the Healthcare Guild.

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe the current peer-reviewed evidence, including risks, regarding the use of SOCE

2) Describe the role of advocacy and social justice in addressing socio-historic prejudice

3) Discuss the social vulnerabilities of a stigmatized population and the impact on healthcare outcome

CONTACT: Jeff Peterson -, Mark Thrun -, Josh Peterson -


SOCE GLMA Presentation.pptx

Authors and Videos of Interest

Below are also some resources that you might find helpful. 

Soul Without Shame

Byron Brown has been a certified Ridhwan teacher since 1990 and has taught workshops on the superego across the US and Europe. This book speaks to more than just your mind. It is addressed to your soul. At different times the material will resonate in your body, or your heart, or in your very being. This is a book to work through slowly, allowing it to stimulate you, unsettle you, move you. Take it in small bites so you can absorb the tastes and textures. 

Why Aren’t We More Compassionate

Daniel Goleman brought the notion of "EI" (Emotional Intelligence) to prominence as an alternative to more traditional measures of IQ with his 1995 mega-best-seller Emotional Intelligence.  EI is taught in public schools, and corporate leaders have adopted it as a new way of thinking about success and leadership. EI, and one's "EIQ," can be an explanation of why some "average" people are incredibly successful, while "geniuses" sometimes fail to live up to their promise.

The Act of Self-Compassion

Christopher Germer is a clinical psychologist and professor at Harvard Medical School specializing in Buddhist spirituality, mindfulness, and acceptance-based treatment.  He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, which focus on cultivating loving-kindness in one-self.  You can access worksheets on mindful meditation from:

The Five Things We Cannot Change... And the Happiness We Find By Embracing Them

David Richo distills 30 years of experience as a therapist, pastoral counselor, and self-help author with this timely tome. There are certain facts of life that we cannot change—the unavoidable "givens" of human existence: (1) everything changes and ends, (2) things do not always go according to plan, (3) life is not always fair, (4) pain is a part of life, and (5) people are not loving and loyal all the time.

The Power of Positivity and Taking in the Good

Barbara Fredrickson is a clinical psychologist, a professor at University of North Carolina, and the author of “Positivity.”  You have -- within you -- the fuel to thrive and to flourish, and to leave this world in better shape than you found it. Sometimes you tap into this fuel – other times you don’t. But the sad fact is that most people have no idea how to tap into this fuel or even recognize it when they do.  Learn about positive connections online at: Watch video on Positive Emotions

The Neuroscience of Happiness

Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love, and wisdom.  He focuses on the fact that “Your brain acts like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones”...the remedy is not to suppress negative experiences; when they happen, and to also hold or savor positive experiences.  Videos and articles pertaining to shame, self-worth, good intentions, and gratitude:

The Concept of Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge (2013).  She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and is a clinical psychologist whose approach combines Eastern spirituality with Western psychology.  She has a number of videos online that focus on freeing ourselves from suffering:

The Healing Power of Emotion

Daniel Siegel is a professor of medicine at UCLA studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.  He is the author of several books regarding mindfulness, parenting and human development, including The Healing Power of Emotion.  Find awareness and meditation exercises at:

Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are

Jack Kornfield, one of America’s most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than forty years of committed study and practice. Topics include cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity; conscious parenting; spirituality and sexuality.  Find more resources at:

The Experience Project - Finding People Who Understand You

As the world's largest living collection of shared experiences and the premier passions-based network, experience project is a comfortable and supportive place for individuals to share and connect with others around the things that matter to them most.  More information at:

Support Groups, Pro Bono Counseling, & Resources for Chronic Mental Illness

NAMI Colorado is dedicated to building better lives for the 250,000 plus Coloradoans and their families who are affected by any number of mental illnesses - schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and others.

Mental Health America of Colorado offers Pro Bono Counseling for those who quality….It is our dream that the stigma that is so often associated with mental health conditions will be eliminated, and it is our desire to provide Coloradans with current information about mental health conditions and their treatment.Our programs, built on the cornerstones of advocacy, education, prevention and outreach, make these aspirations a reality.

How Should We Talk About Mental Health - by Thu-Huong Ha

General Psychological Resources

Below are some links for good mental health resources for Kansas City Psychotherapy, counseling clients in Kansas City, couples counseling in Kansas City, as well as national resources geared towards improving your life.

Mindfulness Videos (Instant Mindfulness) -

Mindful Occupation (Mental Health General Resources) -

Stress Reduction - Do Nothing for 2 Minutes (Mindfulness) -

National Institute of Mental Health -

Problem Solving, Vocational, Life-Values Resources

MindTools - Career Skills Inventory, SWOT problem analysis, Problem Solving Techniques and Brainstorming:

Life-Values Inventory - The greater the space between one's behaviors and one's values, the more likely he/she is to experience personal distress.  Life Values Inventory assessment:

ReachOutCentral - online game design to improve communication, problem solving, and optimism -


General Medical Resources

Healthfinder Health Topics Resource (USDHHS) -

A-Z Medication/Drug Information (Medline) -

Medline Health Topics (NIH Library of Medicine) -

Benzodiazepine Withdraw -

Science Magazine (Research) -

BMJ Group (Quality and Safety in Healthcare) -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

American Public Health Association -

International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research -

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality -

American Academy of Family Physicians -

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians -

Self Help





ONLINE SCREENING TOOLS: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD


Audio based:

Reading based:

Meditation concepts:

Insight Meditation:

Nutrition and Diet Resources

Nutrition - (new food pyramid concept)

Foodapedia -

Food and Nutrition Information Center -

Supertracker (Food Tracker) -

Adult and Adolescent BMI (Body Mass Index) Assessment -


Pharmakokinetics -

APA - Division 55 - The American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy -

MedScape - Pharmacology  -

Drug Info Net -

National Alliance on Mental Illness -

Pharma Research -


PubMed Health - Pronunciation/Dictionary

Sleep and Insomnia Resources

Sleep and Insomnia -

National Center on Sleep Disoders (NIH) -

Sleep Net -

The National Sleep Foundation -

Learn to Sleep Well: A Practical Guide to Getting a Good Nights Rest by Chris Idzikowski

Substance Abuse Resources

Trifecta Substance Abuse for Adolescents

- Age 15 prior to first use

- Multidrug use

  1. -Family history


National institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism -

National Association for Children of Alcoholics -

NCADD - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence -

Drinkers Checkup List -

Drug Abuse - NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse -

Secular Rational Recovery -

Smart Recovery - Self Help for Addiction and Alcohol Abuse -

LifeRing - Self Empowered Recovery -

Secular Organizations for Sobriety -

SAMHSA Treatment Locator -

ASAM - American Society of Addiction Medicine -

Institute for Addiction Study -

NIDA - National Institute on Drug Abuse - 

National Council for COmmunity Behavioral Healthcare -

HAMS: Harm Reduction for Alcohol (Harm Reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support) -

Substance Abuse:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Approaches to Drug Abuse Counseling: A Psychotherapeutic and Skills-Training Approach to the Treatment of Drug Addiction -

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration History Book: Part 1 -

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration History Book: Part 2 -

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information -

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention -

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University -

Join Together Online -

Indiana Prevention Resource Center -

Prevention Research Center at Penn State -

US Department of Education - Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools -

Center for Disease Control and Prevention -

Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources -

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -

National Institute on Drug Abuse -

Prevention Institute -

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, Chapter 1 -

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, Overview of Prevention -

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General—Overview of Treatment -


Drinkers Checkup List

Alcoholics Anonymous or Non-Secular Version

Rational Recovery

Secular Organizations for Sobriety

Half of Us - College Students


International Organization for Migration

RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

SAMHSA Treatment Locator

Sexuality, Sexual Trauma, Sexual Dysfunction, & Sex Addiction

Sexual orientation and gender identity - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resources -

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth LGBT Support -

Porn Addiction -

SAA - Sex Addicts Anonymous -


RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network -

Trauma Training -

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) -

Sex Addiction

Online Sexual Addiction -

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders -

Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources -

Sex Addiction Resource Website -

National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity -

National Counseling Intervention Services -

Women’s Sexual Screening Addiction Test (W-SAST) -

G-Sexual Addiction Screening Test (G-SAST) -

Codependents of Sexual Addiction (COSA) -

S-ANON International Family Groups -

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) -

About Sexual Addiction -



SAA - Sex Addicts Anonymous Resources -

Sexual Trauma

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) -

Incest Survivors Anonymous (ISA) -

Sexual Dysfunction

Treating Erectile Dysfunction -

Men’s Sexual Health -

Gender Inequality / Roles


Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (formerly ADD)

Managing ADHD in Adults and Children -