Local Sponsor Spotlight: Childers Counseling Service of Kansas City

by Erin on April 16, 2014

Martha Childers, licensed professional counselor and owner of Childers Counseling Service of Kansas City, decided at mid-life that she wanted to do something completely different.  A library professional and world traveler who speaks German, Japanese, and French, Martha decided in her early 50s to become a therapist.

“If I’d had any idea how long it would take I might not have done it,” she says. But I am glad I didn’t know because I love it.”

Martha opened Childers Counseling Service in 2014 to serve a growing audience  –  people over 50, women and couples.  As life spans increase our years as older adults can be a significant portion of our lives. In fact, the fastest growing segment of the population is centenarians, individuals who live to be 100 years old!

“The decisions and issues confronting older adults today can be overwhelming and are often unique issues they are facing for the first time ever,” she says.

Childers Counseling Service helps this group find their way through issues such as changes in relationships, loss, transitions to new housing, and end of life decisions in a caring and informed way.

As one client said, “My beloved husband for 61 years passed away. I was devastated and Martha helped me get through my grief.”

Women are often in a unique position, too. Many learned to take care of others before themselves.  Now, however, they are in a place to identify and explore their own needs and desires including career and relationship changes. Childers Counseling Service can help them identify what they want to do next and how to get there.

Martha’s goal for this next stage in her life is to help people by providing a safe and comfortable environment in which to help them express themselves, clarify their thoughts, and identify ways to improve their lives. Whether clients have a short-term issue to address, or chronic stressors, Martha can help find solutions, enhance pleasure, and improve their lives.

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a psychotherapist specializing in helping individuals aged 50+, couples and women. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for three and a half years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and lifestyles led her to become a counselor.  To contact her call 816.892.0803 or email at: Martha@ChildersCounselingService.com.

Childers Counseling Service is located in the Balcony Building on The Country Club Plaza, 330 W. 47th St., Suite 217 Kansas City, MO 64112.

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Childers Counseling Service is located in the Balcony Building on The Plaza.

~Sarah

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