Aaron Mitchum, LPC

 

I am a licensed professional counselor in Overland Park, KS with an MA in counseling. I have taught as an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Mid-America Nazarene University, presented nationally on attachment and psychotherapy and authored several publications on spiritual formation. Currently, I am working on my certificate in psychoanalysis at The Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis And Contemporary Theology. If you catch me outside of the office, I am married with two kids and I like to play music, cycle and watch baseball.

 
 

Counseling, Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis

 

Counseling is a more short term or spaced out treatment for families, couples or individuals who want to work on a few things. This can range from one to several meetings and entail everything from simply being a place for you to be heard and understood to collaborating on problems and offering you tools to continue your work after counseling.

Psychotherapy (a word which means "healing of the soul") is a more involved depth work for individuals and couples aimed at discovering & healing unconscious/unsatisfying patterns of believing and relating. Usually psychotherapy is one to two times a week for a season of time. The frequency of appointments is important because the relationship with the therapist is a vital part of the healing and spaced out sessions hinder that close relating.

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Psychoanalysis is like psychotherapy only more. Psychoanalysis ("Soul-Examination") is a therapy for individuals that profoundly respects the complexity of the human experience. People seek analysis for healing from trauma and deep hurts as well as for help with the persistent but hidden things that block them from living a satisfying life. It is an intense therapy. Psychoanalysis is usually three times a week or more for an extended time.

 

 

 

 

Adults

Ages 25 and Up

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Relationship Problems
  • Feeling stuck
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Ultra sensitivity to feeling hurt or rejected by others.
  • Rage
  • Feeling inadequate.

The first step to getting better is being understood. Problems are often manifested feelings and thoughts that are hidden because when they were originally brought out they were not responded to well. I work from an attachment theory perspective and listen to people's whole story, from their shoes, in order to understand their desires and problems for what they really are not just what they look like on the outside. From this stance, I work to help people recapture parts of themselves that have been hidden away and to work towards new integration and wholeness.

Couples

Married | pre-marital | partnership

  • Conflict
  • Infidelity
  • Boredom
  • Communication
  • Relationship "Check Ins"

I work with couples in a way that helps people recognize what is happening underneath the surface of conflict (it's never just about sex or the dishwasher) and how those experiences connect to earlier formative experiences in life. This helps people to feel more balanced in their emotions during conflict as well as increases their ability to be there for their partner when they need them. The insight I offer helps people stop re-enacting painful experiences of loss and disappointment and begin communicating and relating to each other in new trusting ways.

Adolescents 

Ages 12 - 25

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Identity issues
  • Deliberate self harm (cutting, etc.)
  • Eating disorders
  • Relationship problems with parents or friends
  • Trouble in school

I love teenagers and adolescents and I have been working with them for over fifteen years.  I work with teens and adolescents in a way that allows them to be understood for their heart, not just their behavior. In doing so I often can help teens rebound again. When I can, I also involve parents by facilitating conversations between them and their teen(s), as well as through coaching them on how to work with the healthy human development of their teens, not against it.