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Ben Taussig, LCPC, NCC (Left),
Vanessa Knight, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC (Right)

Ben Taussig, LCPC, NCC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC). Ben is a founding partner/co-owner and the Treasurer of Secure Counseling Clinic, LLC, and has a Masters of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University.  Ben completed his masters-level internship at the MidAmerica Nazarene University Community Counseling Center. During his time there, Ben also pioneered a satellite counseling site in a rural community. Both sites focused on offering affordable counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups as they worked through a range of personal and relational issues. He has since completed training from the American Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists and hopes to become a certified Christian sexual addiction specialist soon. Ben’s diverse background prior to obtaining his Master’s degree helps him to connect with a wide range of clients. He has worked with children and adolescents in a number of faith-based organizations, special needs children in public schools, and “third culture” students overseas. Ben views his clients through the lens of attachment theory, which fits his personal beliefs about the profound importance of healthy relationships. He enjoys facilitating healing and restoration in relationships as well as helping individuals find health and peace personally. Ben is a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, Chi Sigma Iota honor fraternity for counselors, and the Kansas Counseling Association. To contact Ben, call 913-735-5128 or email ben@securecounselingclinic.com.

Vanessa KnightLCPC, NCC, CCMHC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC). She is also a nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Co-owner and President of Secure Counseling Clinic, LLC, Vanessa has a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Vanessa has lived in the local area for over 12 years with her husband, three children, and three Labradors. Vanessa helps couples, as well as parents and their children, to bond with each other. She helps clients experiencing relationship difficulties and treats clients who are experiencing pain due to a life circumstances. She works primarily with married and unmarried couples, adult individuals, and families; children 10 and up may be seen individually, and children <10 are treated mostly through parent consultation and family sessions to promote the attachment bond between parent and child. Vanessa also has a special interest in loss-related concerns - those associated with death, divorce, adoption, addiction, affairs, abuse, and relationship losses from birth to death. For six years before obtaining her Master’s degree, Vanessa worked full-time with families in churches and will use the Christian faith in counseling when it is initiated by her clients. She strives for clients to feel informal and casual, like seeing a friend who has special training in neurological, emotional and psychological issues. In her work as a couples' counselor, Vanessa has completed a professional externship with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotion-Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), and is nearing an Advanced Certification in Couples Therapy. Emotion-Focused Therapy is a highly-researched form of counseling, which combines love and the neurobiology of human relationships known as "interpersonal neuroscience." In summer 2015, she will complete the Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology at Portland State University. She was nominated for a professional scholarship in 2012 with Focus on the Family and trained in TBRI at Texas Christian University's Institute for Child Development, a program for behaviorally at-risk, adoptive, and foster-care children and teens. Vanessa actively presents, writes, and teaches, enjoying opportunities to work with community organizations. She completed her masters-level internship at Solace House, a grief and loss supportive counseling center in affiliation with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  Vanessa belongs to the American Counseling Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling, the National Board of Certified Counselors, Chi Sigma Iota professional honor society, Kansas Counseling Association, Kansas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotion-Focused Therapy. For Vanessa's teaching and client resources, visit Attached Family. To contact Vanessa, call 913-735-4899 or email vanessa@securecounselingclinic.com.

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