Kearney Counseling Services


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Hello and Welcome to Kearney Counseling Services! We are very excited to be a part of the Kearney community. We offer a variety counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Asking for help takes strength and courage. Its difficult to admit when you need help. Our team of Licensed Professional Counselors provides a comfortable environment where you can set goals and work hard to achieve them. It is our honor and privilege to be with you on your journey in becoming a better, stronger you. For more details please take a look at our services below and let us know if you have any questions. Thank you and we look forward to meeting you!

Meet the Team


Amber Carlson, MA, LPC, NCC, CPT

I received my Masters in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Play Therapist, and a *Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider.  I use Non-Directive Play Therapy and AutPlay Therapy approaches to help children express themselves and learn emotion regulation, social and connection skills to help them thrive. Unfortunately parenting does not come with a rule book. Therefore, when working with children it is important to meet with parents often and give them the support they need and new techniques to try. Using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) I work with children and their families who are healing from traumas. I use Client Centered and Solution Focused approaches when working with adolescents, adults, parents, couples and families. It is my privilege to be with you on your journey in reaching your goals and becoming a better you. You can contact me directly at 816-726-2747 or email me at

*AutPlay Therapy is a behavioral-based play therapy developed for children who have autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities. With this approach, children learn emotion regulation, social, and connection skills to help make every day life more manageable. AutPlay has been found very useful with children diagnosed with ADHD. To learn more about AutPlay Therapy please click the button below

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Stephanie Dark, MS, LPC-S

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Avila University. I have been a counselor for over 10 years and have worked with children, teens, adults and families in many capacities in my career. I am also an approved supervisor for the Missouri Licensure board. I enjoy having the opportunity to assist and teach provisionally licensed counselors
that are newly embarking in the field. In my practice, I use evidence-based treatments to help my clients heal from their trauma. Those modalities include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). I also utilize play therapy and mindfulness practices. I specialize in trauma therapy, emotion dysregulation and issues that come along with difficult life transitions. Please feel free to contact me at 913-271- 4730 or with more questions or to schedule an appointment. I truly look forward to helping you on your journey from hurt to hope!


Jason Hughes, MA, LPC

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After that I began working at Synergy Services where I became trained in trauma-informed care. I take a client-centered approach to counseling which gives clients the freedom to lead the session and direct the course of treatment. I am experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and my areas of focus include PTSD, depression, anxiety and other emotion regulation issues, as well as relationship problems. I work with adults, teens and children. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment then feel free to contact me. My phone number is 816-716- 4533 and my email is

Services and Pricing

We recommend that all clients begin meeting with their therapist on a weekly basis. Once rapport and goals are established the client and therapist can discuss meeting on a less frequent basis.

  • Individual Therapy for Adolescent and Adults - $100 per 50 minutes session
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - $100 per 50 minute session
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - $100 per 50 minute session
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - $100 per 50 minute session
  • Play Therapy and AutPlay Therapy - $100 per 50 minute session
  • Couples Counseling - $120 per 50 minute session
  • Family Counseling - $120 per 50 minute session


For more information on EMDR and AutPlay Therapy please click the buttons below.



Contact Us

Phone: 816-615-9610


Address: 186 Mo-92 Highway, Suite D

              Kearney, MO 64060

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