The Lotus Clinics at KidsTLC’s offer specialized outpatient therapies to alleviate mental and behavioral health challenges facing children and their families. Committed to learning each individual’s issues and working toward optimum well-being, the specialty clinics include:
The Lotus Clinics at KidsTLC provide outpatient mental and behavioral health services to children, adolescents and their families, with an outcome to positively increase overall functioning across multiple settings in home, school and community. Our highly skilled mental health practitioners treat each client with dignity, respect, and compassion.
Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, self-acceptance, substance abuse, self-harming or suicidal thoughts, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, family dysfunction, anger, interpersonal difficulties or a myriad of other concerns, the Lotus Clinics can provide hope and healing which lead to a healthy, fulfilling life.
The Lotus Clinics at KidsTLC are committed to learning each individual’s issues and working toward optimum well-being. In a comfortable, safe and supportive atmosphere, we offer highly personalized approaches tailored to each client’s individual needs in order to attain the personal growth they desire.
Delivered through trauma-focused and evidence-based programming, each clinic offers an integrated, seamless service delivery model.
Lotus Clinic Referrals and More Info: (913) 324-3658
Lotus Center Front Office: (913) 324-3823
After Hours Number: (913) 972-3291
Once you’ve scheduled your first appointment, please complete your Initial Paperwork by downloading the materials provided at the link(s) below, completing and bringing with you to your first appointment.
You can also complete the initial paperwork when you arrive for your first appointment. We ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes early to do so.
Private Commercial Insurance
- Multi Plan
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
- Cigna (limited providers)
- Humana (limited providers)
- United Behavioral Health — Optum Plan
- Aetna Better Health of Kansas
- Sunflower State Health Plan
- United Healthcare Community K Plan
Private Pay: For those who prefer not to utilize their insurance benefits. Please call 913.324.3658
Cash, Check & Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express & Discover)
Please note that payment is due at the time of service.
About Our Name
The seed has been planted. Grow to your potential!
The lotus flower’s journey begins submerged in murky water. As it grows, the bud pushes resolutely past the surrounding unpleasantness to blossom in the warmth of the sun. The Lotus Clinics at KidsTLC strive to transform young people’s lives through distinct services, all of which take inspiration from the lotus flower and its journey.
At KidsTLC, we believe every child and family deserves the opportunity to blossom and grow, overcoming challenges in order to realize a healthy future. The Lotus Clinics utilize innovative and proven therapies to address specific issues impeding mental and behavioral wellness in order to transform lives and create new beginnings.
Individual, family, and group therapies for the following:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Complex Trauma
- Mood Disorders
- ADD & ADHD
- Grief and Loss
- Adjustment Disorder
- Addiction and Recovery
- Parenting and Family Issues
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Anger Management
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
- Sexual, Physical & Emotional Abuse
- Domestic Abuse/Violence
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Panic Attacks and Phobia
- As well as many other issues
Therapy and Treatment
The Lotus Clinics at KidsTLC build on the philosophy and therapies that have made the Phoenix Program in our inpatient Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility so successful.
The Phoenix Program has had significant success with children who are often classified as aggressive, oppositional and who have experienced difficulties in multiple placements. Many have a history of sexual behavior problems and act out. Most have experienced chronic and pervasive traumatic events and have not attached to their parents or other caretakers. By the time kids come to the Phoenix Program, they have had an average of 20 or more failed placements. The “emotional dysregulation” that makes them so challenging to reach is a natural response to terrifying life experiences we can only begin to comprehend.
And yet, we reach them.
Many treatment facilities focus on compliance through cognitive behavioral models presuming that children can make logical connections between feelings, behaviors and consequences. The problem is that with traumatized children, the damage to the emotional part of the brain is so extensive that logical response (which is in the pre-frontal cortex or most advanced part of the brain) is unavailable because that part of the brain has not properly developed or is injured due to the trauma that has occurred.
The restorative model developed by KidsTLC focuses instead on the more primitive part of the brain where emotional reactions originate (fight, flight, freeze).
The primary objective is to create a calm, safe, emotionally regulated environment where the child can begin to re-establish trust in her or her environment and caring adults.
Core therapies in the Lotus Clinics at KidsTLC include:
- Trauma-Informed Care — A range of therapies that recognize the neurological effects that trauma has on the brain, leading to maladaptive behaviors. In approaching the client, instead of asking, “What have you done,” we want to know, “What happened to you?”
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy — KidsTLC therapists’ interactions with clients emphasize the four elements of Dr. Daniel Hughes’ P.A.C.E. model, which has been shown to greatly improve the lives of children and families dealing with attachment disorders by creating a safe environment where trust and understanding can be formed and nurtured.
- Playful — Bring fun and laughter into the mix. Not everything is deadline serious. “Sure, go ahead and wear that funny-looking hat.”
- Accepting — Relate to the child emotionally where they are. “Wow, you sure look like you’re having a hard time!”
- Curiosity — Find out how the child feels. Ask open-ended questions. “Can you tell me a little more how you feel when you do those things?”
- Empathy — Draw on your own experiences and let the child know how you feel. “Boy, you really scared me when you did that.”
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) — Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT strives to have the patient view the therapist as an ally rather than an adversary and has been found to be especially effective in treating bipolar disorder and reducing suicidal and self-harming behavior, borderline personality disorders psychiatric hospitalization, treatment dropout, substance abuse, anger and interpersonal difficulties. DBT emphasizes the development of four skill sets: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Practices lists only two evidenced-based practices for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder and DBT has received their highest endorsement. The DBT treatment program consists of the following services; weekly individual therapy, family therapy as needed, phone consultation sessions as needed, and weekly skills groups (actions that facilitate changing one’s thoughts through the use of specific coping techniques and psycho-education). Skills groups take place once weekly for 8-10 sessions. Research shows that success rates increase for Users who participate in 2 rounds of skills groups (i.e. a total of 16-20 skills groups).