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Afton Strate Anchoring Peace Therapy's Therapist

My Therapy Approach

I'm Afton, a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist passionate about collaborating with highly committed women and couples to reach  their personal goals.  My therapeutic style is reflective of who I hope to be-authentic, compassionate, and humble.  I believe there are times when humor naturally comes into therapy work as well which can feel like a breath of fresh air in the heaviness that life can bring. 

 

It is likely that you might find our work together to be both challenging and extremely rewarding.  I consider it my absolute privilege to be invited into your self growth and therefore consider the therapy room to be a sacred space.  I strive to uphold a safe, accepting, inviting, and confidential place for you.

 

My goal is to provide you with a unique therapy experience that allows you to exceed your therapy goals and discover the heart of the issue to create lasting change in your life.  I love the entire therapy process from the moment someone walks into my door until they reach their goals and we have a closing session.  It brings me the sincerest joy to witness an individual or relationship experience transformation.  

Discovering Therapy

 

My love for therapy began during high school when a Psychologist visited my Psychology class.  I had always been fascinated with understanding emotions and relationships and had now found a career where I could explore both!  I knew from that moment that I wanted to gain every bit of knowledge I could to pursue my dream of becoming a therapist.  I have spent the last twenty-one years growing my love and knowledge for therapy.  I joyfully opened my private practice doors in downtown Overland Park, Kansas in 2010 so that I could share my gifts with courageous women and committed couples who are open to creating positive changes in their life.

Professional Background

 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Family Therapy-Friends University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in English-Oklahoma State University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 

  • Delta Kappa (Beta Chapter) International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society

  • Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society

Additional Training:

  • Level 2 Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

  • Completion of Level 2 Training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy

  • Pet Loss Certification

  • Prepare-Enrich Director and Facilitator

Areas of Specialization:

  • Anxiety

  • Coping Skills

  • Couples emotional connection & communication

  • Depression

  • Grief or Loss (including loss of child or pet loss)

  • Life Transitions

  • Mindfulness

  • Pregnancy and Birthing (e.g., infertility, post-partum)

  • Premarital Therapy

  • Self-Worth

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

  • Values Clarification

  • Women's Issues