Meet Our Therapists

Kacey Lawrenz, LMSW, Therapy Services, Therapist

Kacey graduated from the University of Kansas with a Masters of Social Work degree in 2017.  She is trained in play therapy, Theraplay® (Level One) and EMDR.  She is also pursuing credentials as a Registered Play Therapist and a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker.  Kacey has been employed at Positive Bright Start since January 2018 and completed her foundation-level internship at Positive Bright Start from 2015-2016.  Before pursuing an advanced degree, she began working in the mental health field in 2008 and since she has held a variety of roles in the mental health field working with children, adolescents, and adults. 

Alana Kramer, LMSW, Family Resource Tram, Child and Family Therapist

 

Alana graduated from the University of Kansas with an advanced standing Masters of Social Work degree 2008.  She is pursuing credentials as a Registered Play Therapist and a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker.  Before her position at Positive Bright Start, Alana held a variety of titles including Milieu Group therapist with adolescents at KidsTLC Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility and In-home Outpatient Therapist for children in foster care through KVC. Alana’s primary practice is the assessment and treatment of children with social and emotional difficulties, focusing on treating children with histories of trauma, depression, anxiety, attachment disruptions and adjustment disorders.  Alana prefers to use strengths based, solution focused, trauma informed and attachment based theories to assess the needs of children and their families. Alana has received training in a variety of models, including Dialectical Developmental Psychotherapy, Trauma Systems Therapy, Sandtray therapy, Theraplay, and Child Centered Play Therapy.  Alana’s primary focus is to build solid trusting relationships with her clients and their parents and to approach each unique family using a child-centered, attachment focused and trauma informed lens. Alana is passionate about helping children and their families improve their quality of life and reach their fullest potential.

Lindsey Brock, LMSW, Therapy Services, Therapist, Family Advocate

Lindsey is a recent graduate of KU's School of Social Work, Prior to joining our PBS team, Lindsey worked as the Parent Educator for Eudora Parents as teachers from 2017-2018, and completed her MSW foundation level practicum at Project Eagle in Kansas City, KS from 2016-2017. At PBS, Lindsey enjoys the wonderful opportunity to work alongside the FRT team and learn and practice play therapy skills and interventions. As the family advocate, she helps connect families to resources in the community and provide parent support and psycho-education. Lindsey is passionate about the early childhood population because early intervention is key to a child's long-term success.

Marci Ramsay, LSCSW, RPT-S, Therapy Services, Therapist

 

Marci’s advanced degree is a Master of Social Work degree earned in 2006 from The University of Kansas. She holds licensure in the state of Kansas as a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker.  In addition, she is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor and is currently pursuing certification in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics through the Child Trauma Academy.

 

Marci has been employed at Positive Bright Start as an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician and Positive Behavior Support Administrator since 2007.  Marci’s primary practice is the assessment and treatment of children, birth through age 6, with social and emotional difficulties, specializing in treating children with trauma-related conditions, including child maltreatment, posttraumatic stress disorder, and attachment or adjustment disorders.  Marci is trained to use a variety of developmentally-based, play therapies to assist children with self-expression and problem resolution including child-centered play therapy, directive play therapy, Theraplay®, and EMDR.

Marci is passionate about building solid relationships with her clients and approaches each unique situation using a child-centered, attachment based framework.  It is through a solid foundation of strong relational connections that Marci believes children can thrive.  

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