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Leah Schwarz, LSCSW, LCSW, PMH-C, RPT

¡Hablo Español!

About Leah...

I have been a bilingual social worker for over 10 years, and the longer I have worked with people, the more passionate I have become about the work that I do.  I am energized by walking alongside people as they work to be their best selves, and as they find hope they may have lost sight of due to their individual life circumstances.

I am bilingual in English and Spanish and am sensitive to the unique challenges that immigrants in our community face.  I strive for an attitude of cultural humility anytime I work with someone with a different background than my own, integrating the knowledge I have from my own experience and trainings while also being open to learning the about the unique strengths, traditions, customs, and challenges of the client sitting with me.  I am passionate about working with people and I am constantly learning.  I believe that you are the expert in your life and that my job is to join you on your journey and add my education, experience and expertise to help you reach your goals.

Education, Training and Licensure:

  • Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in Kansas (LSCSW 5026)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri (LCSW 2020038854)

  • Perinatal Mental Health Certificate through Postpartum Support International

  • Registered Play Therapist 

  • Bachelors in Social Work - Bethel College (N Newton, Kansas), 2013

  • Masters in Social Work - University of Kansas, 2016

  • Play Therapy Certificate - Heartland Play Therapy Institute, 2016

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certificate - EMDR Consulting, 2017

  • Trainer in Acute Traumatic Incident Processing (A-TIP)

  • Basic and Advanced trainings in Perinatal Mood Disorders and Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International completed in 2023

  • Over 40 hours in training and 8 years of experience in Sandtray Therapy

  • Also knowledge and experience with:

    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Attachment-based play therapy

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Pronouns: she, her


Kate Macan, intern therapist

¡Hablo Español!

About Kate...

Hello!  My name is Kate Macan, and I am currently a graduate student at Avila University in the Master's in Counseling Psychology program.  For the past four-and-a-half years, I have worked at a non-profit law firm as a paralegal, primarily assisting with immigration cases.  I have worked with clients from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  At Hope Esperanza Counseling LLC, I am available to meet with adolescents and adults challenged by painful life experiences (loss, trauma, or abuse), navigating life transitions (marriage, divorce, pregnancy, or illness), and/or seeking support in enhancing interpersonal skills.  ¡También hablo español!

Kate will be providing therapy at a reduced rate of $40 per session starting in January 2024!

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