Dr. Jenna Shepard

Dr. Jenna Shepard

Licensing

Licensed Psychologist
Missouri, Kansas & Indiana

Educational Background

B.A. Psychology Purdue University
M.S. Counseling Indiana University
PhD. Indiana State University

Affiliations

American Psychological Association
National Register Credentialed Psychologists
Society of Behavioral Medicine

My passion for working in mental health includes helping people realize their full potential. I completed my doctoral training in Counseling psychology in 2007. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric facilities, outpatient mental health treatment centers, and medical settings.

Qualifications and License Information

I have a total of three degrees: BA in Psychology from Purdue University; MS in Counseling from Indiana University; and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. I currently hold active licenses to practice psychology in Kansas (#1867) and Missouri (2009037698). You can contact the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board at 712 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS, 66603. Their phone number is 785-296-3240. You can contact the Missouri Committee of Psychologists at 3605 Missouri Blvd, PO Box 1335, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Their phone number is 573-751-0099.

Expectations for Counseling

During the first couple of sessions we will be gathering information about each other to determine if we will be able to work together. We will spend this time discussing the concerns which lead you to seek counseling and then determine appropriate goals that are individualized for your treatment. Psychotherapy is unlike a medical doctor visit and you will be encouraged to play an active role in your treatment. My role as your therapist is mostly as a facilitator. My job is not to solve your problems or to “fix” you; rather, it is to help you identify available resources that you can utilize so that you may solve your problems through your own efforts. Psychotherapy can have benefits as well as risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, therapy has been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. It often leads to healthier relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. However, there is no guarantee that counseling will help you.

My Approach to Counseling and Treatment Populations

I utilize an interpersonal-cognitive behavioral approach to treatment. This basically means that I focus on how you perceive yourself, your strengths, areas for growth, how past and current relationships have influenced you, and your style of relating to others. I primarily work with adults of all ages, and typically focus on medical/chronic pain related issues in treatment. Additionally, I have training in meditative/hypnotic techniques and have found them very useful for treating chronic pain.

Cultural Factors

I am committed to understanding any cultural aspects of your life that might influence our work together. I am happy to discuss these during the course of treatment.

Medication

I am not a psychiatrist (a professional trained and licensed to prescribe psychotropic medication). However, I do support the use of medication when appropriate to help you maintain emotional stability and/or improve your quality of life.

Crisis/Emergency Situation

I do not provide crisis services; however, you can contact Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc 24/7 at 1-888-279-8188. Please remember that you can always dial 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room if in a crisis situation. Additionally, if you are in crisis during a time when I am available in the office, please contact me as soon as possible at 1-800-200-PAIN.

Payment Options

All services are provided for fee at the time of service, unless otherwise stated. If you have health insurance it is very likely that sessions are covered and you will only be responsible for a small copayment. Please check with your insurance company prior to scheduling to determine your mental health benefits. If you would prefer not to work through your insurance for privacy reasons, my out of pocket fees are $180.00 per intake session and $150.00 per counseling session. There is an hourly charge for other professional services you may need and I break down the cost if the work is less than 60 minutes. Other services (not covered by insurance) available include report writing, attendance at meetings with other professionals that you have authorized, preparation of records or treatment summaries, and time spent on any other service that you might request.

Treatments Offered

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Chronic Pain

• Grief and Loss

• Phase of Life Issues

• Communication Issues

• Stress Management

• Women’s Issues

• Relaxation Training

• Guided Imagery

• Assertiveness Training

• Hypnosis for Pain Management/Stress Relief

• Psychological Assessment for pre-surgical screens (Spinal Cord Stimulator/Pain Pump Implantation/Opioid Management Appropriateness Screen)

Scheduling

To schedule an appointment please call 816-763-1559 (1-800-200-PAIN).

Bariatric Psychological Appointment Intake Form

Pain Psychological Appointment Intake Form

Confidentiality

In general, the confidentiality of all communications between a patient and a psychologist is protected by law, and release of information about your treatment to others is only permitted with your written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions when a psychologist is required by law to disclose confidential information. These exceptions are listed and explained below:

There are some situations in which I am legally required to take action to protect others from harm, even though that requires revealing some information about a patient’s treatment.

If I believe that a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another, I am required to take protective actions, which may include notifying the potential victim, notifying the police, or seeking appropriate hospitalization for the patient.

If a patient threatens to harm him/herself, I may be required to seek hospitalization for the patient or to contact family members who can help provide protection.

If I am subpoenaed by a court of law.

If I believe that a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person is being abused, I am required by law to file a report with the appropriate state agency.

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