PROVIDING COUNSELING, INSIGHT, TOOLS, IN A SAFE PLACE TO EXAMINE LIFE & MAKE HEALTHY CHANGES
PROVIDING COUNSELING, INSIGHT, TOOLS, IN A SAFE PLACE TO EXAMINE LIFE & MAKE HEALTHY CHANGES
safe & compassionate healing and growth Lenexa
Hope. It seems so simple, unless you are running short of it. My intention has always been to offer a safe place to take down walls and authentically show up. It will be hard. It will stretch you out of your comfort zone. It will be worth it. Let’s dig through the shadows and restore the parts.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, Dawn will help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had or may never experienced in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. Dawn can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. EMDR is terrific for people with Anxiety, Addictions, and PTSD
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both partners in a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship. Marriage is hard. Compromise, compassion, and vulnerability will be required for healing. This will be much easier by softening of the ego Come ready to work.
Grief touches us in many ways and when it is left unprocessed, it can negatively influence every interaction we experience. It may be a failed relationship, a terrible childhood, a lost job, or the loss of a loved one. You don't have to walk alone. emdr
Discover and develop the tools you need to create the life you desire. Reprogram old limiting thoughts and behaviors. Process through past hurts that may be negatively impacting today's relationships. emdr hypnotherapy counseling
A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. emdr
Partnership is a two-way street. Learn how to communicate more effectively in couples counseling to create safe emotional intimacy. Learn your partner's needs and true heart's desires.
Hypnotherapy is an amazing way to reprogram those old thoughts and feelings about yourself that no longer serve you. These can easily be holding you back from the life you desire. Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy is another excellent way to gain insight in counseling.
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy uses ketamine in a therapeutic counseling setting to assist healing. KAP is an excellent tool to help drop the ego and more easily gain insight to issues, traumas, memories and false beliefs that could be standing in your way of living the life of your dreams. KAP requires a medical exam, prescription, pre-work and follow up integration sessions to process information gained while under the substance. Ketamine is considered a psychedelic controlled substance. It is legal.
Ketamine is currently the only legal psychedelic drug in the USA (outside of clinical trials). That being said, people do sometimes choose to take risks of all sorts that are not medically advised or condoned outside of the legal law. Birdsong offers integration services in a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space to process non-ordinary states and their potential for personal transformation.
Integration is the synthesis of the mind and body following the experience of a non-ordinary state of consciousness prompted by the ingestion of psychedelics. It is the process of exploring and sharing challenges and insights that arise during psychedelic experiences.
Any feelings, sensations, and ideas that are brought about during your ketamine or other psychedelic experience can be meaningful for the process of healing. Integration is about creating the space to “make meaning” of those feelings, sensations, and ideas so that they can inform daily functioning. In this way, integration therapy increases the potential for personal transformation that psychedelics offer.
Non-ordinary states of consciousness have the potential to bring up lots of such big ideas, sensations, and feelings. It can be tempting to ignore them or push them away, or simply forget what comes up, like forgetting a dream if we don’t write it down right away upon waking. Integration Healing requires that we engage with these ideas. Professional support can make the difference between successfully integrating our new insights into our lives in meaningful ways or stopping short of lasting growth and healing. Psychedelic integration is an umbrella term that refers to a range of activities (including psychotherapy) that are conducted to maximize therapeutic benefits and minimize harm from psychedelic experiences. Within psychedelic integration there is often a multidisciplinary aspect which calls on things like music, art, movement/bodywork, and nature. This work can be done alone and/or in a group. Often community oriented integration offers insight from one person’s experience that can be useful to another’s experience.
Psychedelic integration includes:
● Making sense of confusing experiences
● Making meaning or generating useful narratives/stories
● Address lingering distress or symptoms
● Concretize insights or new perspectives
● Thoughtfully make changes based on new insights
● Resolve conflict between psychedelic experience and one’s prior belief systems
● Coping with fading of experience and returning to older habits and behaviors
● Addressing psychological content that emerges, such as trauma
● Adjusting back to regular life
● Building and increasing connections and social support
● Increase engagement with non-rational domains such as creativity, movement, art,
dancing, nature, etc.
Integration is a process of making sense, embodying and putting into action the wisdom and insights gained after psychedelic experience. Sometimes integration may include processing unresolved trauma, grief and receiving support within community for potential difficulties that may arise after a psychedelic experience. Integration that is supported within a multidisciplinary community, in relationship with others, which can nurture and cultivate lasting resiliency, growth and change.
It is necessary to have resources and trusting relationships to navigate the unfolding healing and transformation after a psychedelic experience to embody the changes in everyday life.
Integration is a holistic process over time, expressed and supported through a variety of ways including talk therapy, meditation, Parts Work, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, somatic and relationship centered therapy, EMDR, breathwork, Reiki, working with partners and family members to understand and foster supportive resources, shamanic journeying, ritual, relational and group work, nature, and movement.
Birdsong is currently enrolled at Integrative Psychiatry Institute studying psychedelic assisted psychotherapy
It is super easy! Click the 'Book Now' button below which will take you to the online client portal and you can schedule now.
Have counseling questions, feel free to text/call me first. 913-488-3663
Don't live in the area? Feeling uneasy about driving in the weather? Traveling and still need your appointment...NO PROBLEM, It is super easy! Click the 'Book Now' button below to schedule the appointment. Then prior to our counseling session together you will need to visit the Apple or Play Store and download the Google Duo app. Be sure to add me to your contacts at the number here. Apple users are welcome to use Facetime for appointments any time.
Have questions, feel free to text/call me first. 913-488-3663
Dawn S Birdsong is a self pay provider, meaning she does NOT accept insurance as payment and you will be required to pay at the time of your appointment
Therapy typically takes several appointments - please note that beginning 1/1/2021 clients will be required to pay via cash, Venmo or credit card at the time of the appointment. HSA cards are also accepted.
Payment due at time of appointment
Talk Therapy - Online or In Office: $150/50 min session
Hypnotherapy: $300/ two hour session
psychedelic integration session: $150/hr
Paperwork/Forms: start at $150 (New client paperwork is required and is free of charge - Paperwork fees only apply when requested by the client for work, court, school, etc)
Cash, Check Venmo & Credit Cards accepted
I found Dawn at one of the darkest times of my life and she definitely helped me save myself. She is the only therapist I've ever felt comfortable enough with to fully open up. She listens to understand and she truly cares. She is kind and compassionate, yet awesome enough to push you in the right direction. I can't imagine where I would be if I hadn't have found her. If you're feeling lost and alone, reach out to Dawn. You will thank yourself that you did.
As a young mom coming out of an abusive relationship 12 years ago I met Dawn. She was a student then. She changed my life. My favorite Dawn quote is you don't go all the way home because of a flat tire. You stop, change it and keep going. Now I live all the way in Ohio and my daughter is Dawn's patient. She is the most compassionate, insightful person I have ever known in my 35 years and now she is changing my daughter's life. If you are ready to get better, she is who you want.
Dawn has a open, direct, conversational approach to counseling that immediately put me at ease. My life was unraveling, as bad as it could possibly get, and she gave me hope. She related to me personally, not clinically, providing a "safe" place in which to talk about some very painful things. Her insight and her ability to point out destructive patterns, and how to break those cycles has turned my life around.
So many couples struggle behind closed doors in their marriages and don't want to ask for help. Dawn helped me through my divorce. She is not your "typical" counselor! She is...cool. Non-judgy. Comfortable. I am a better wife now because of her! So if you need some marriage maintenance, or you need help getting through/past a divorce (or any traumatic event), I hightly recommend her.
Deciding to open up to someone and share your deepest, scariest thoughts is not an easy thing to do. Within minutes of meeting Dawn, I knew that I had come to the right person who could help me at a time when I was not sure what to do. Dawn is not just a wonderful listener. She is very skilled and compassionate. She draws information out in a way that made getting started in therapy very comfortable which I didn’t think was possible for me. She has keen insight and has helped me see patterns of thought that have not been beneficial for my health. Working with Dawn has helped me see more clearly how to navigate deep grief that comes from losing loved ones and also losing a bit of myself. I feel like I’m on a healing path now because Dawn has helped me have hope when I wasn’t sure there that hope was possible.
I will be forever grateful we found Dawn just weeks after our daughter was stillborn. Dawn has a naturally comforting presence that makes her so easy to open up to. Not only does she have the education and professional experience but she is also incredibly approachable and warm. Our sessions felt more like I was sitting down with a (very wise) friend than meeting with a professional. Dawn provided my husband and I with practical tools and advice that helped us get through our darkest days. I don't know where we would be without her.
Dawn S Birdsong MA LCPC
11261 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215, United States
By appointment only
Daytime in-person & online sessions are available upon request through the online portal only. Clients are personally responsible for appointment schedule. No shows/missed appts are obligated to pay full fee - be sure to go back online to cancel appts if necessary to avoid fee.
please note when Olathe Schools are shut, daytime hours may require online instead of in person. Located inside of Keyhole Counseling & Wellness Center includes offices at
11261 & 11263 Strang Line Rd