Services in Olathe & Lawrence, Kansas
Increase thriving by teaching skills that instill competence & confidence while managing symptoms
Group Therapy for Struggling Adolescents
Difficulties in regulating painful emotions are central to the behavioral difficulties of many adolescents (see Characteristics of Unskilled vs Skilled below). From these individuals’ perspective, painful feelings are most often the “problems to be solved.” These behavioral difficulties might be considered ADHD, anxiety, or depression as many of the symptoms and behaviors overlap and interact. For example, studies have found that having an anxiety disorder in early or middle childhood can increase your child’s risk of developing a depressive disorder in later adolescence. Both anxiety and depression can lead to dysfunctional behaviors, including suicidal behaviors, substance use, overeating, emotion suppression, overcontrol, and interpersonal mayhem, which are often behavioral solutions to intolerably painful emotions.
The Two Tents Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) utilizes Dialectal Behavioral Therapy - Skills (DBT-S), ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) for Adolescents in the form of DNA-V and exposure therapy. Our unique blending has become the BOLD Living Skills taught to help your young person and your family find more effective ways to regulate their emotions and thereby, their behaviors. All three clinical models have decades of evidence in effectively treating anxiety, depression, and the complications of ADHD, shame and guilt.
IOP Skills training is Monday through Thursday (4x per week) from 2:00-5:00 pm in a group setting usually over 5-6 weeks (~18-24 group sessions). Family Skills training weekly 3:30-5 pm on Wednesday or Thursday depending on availability.
DNA-V & What Unskilled Living Looks Like
The Valuer influences Behavioral Regulation
Skilled Behavioral Regulation looks like:
The Advisor influences Cognitive Regulation
The Noticer influences Emotion Regulation
The Discoverer influences Self-Regulation/Relationships
Utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills training
DBT Skills Training groups are for clients who would like to cope more effectively with intense emotions, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles. DBT Skills are taught to reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions.
These skills include:
DNA-V is an evidence-based model that promotes psychological strength, and that values consistent living, vitality, and success. It is designed to help people cope with challenges, stress, and change. DNA-V can be thought of as a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and positive psychology, and is underpinned by contextual behavioural science.
12-18 Year-Old Group
Weekly Family Skills Group
BOLD is a process for making Wise Mind decisions. Utilizing experiential learning, in-group practice, artful expression and daily goal setting we hope to support young people confront their defense mechanisms, cope with negative thinking; notice, understand and express their emotions while discovering new ways to interact with the world toward what matters to them.
That is the essence of BOLD Living.
What BOLD Living Looks Like
The TWO TENTS TEAM
Clinical Director Bio
I’m a GenX, postmodern, question everything person who happens to be blessed with parents who took in orphans, prayed for food, answered their callings and sacrificed so their children knew they were loved. That mix created an irreverent soul that cares deeply for children, families and especially adolescents.
I have close to thirty years of experience working with and for children, youth and families catalyzing change at the individual, family, organizational and systems levels. With a Masters in clinical psychology, I have provided crisis management, intensive in-home therapy and wrap-around services for children with emotional and behavioral challenges. I have 20+ years’ working or volunteering with youth and young adults through youth ministry and community programs. In partnership with North Kansas City Hospital co-created the Quarky app to connect Kansas City 14-24-year-olds to articles, events and resources focused on mental health and well-being. Currently, I developed and direct the Two Tents Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents struggling with anxiety/depression. We are building strong partnerships with our area school districts and I am an invited speaker on Anxiety, Depression, Grit, SEL and Parenting. These opportunities have made me innovative, practical and taught me to think about enhancing the whole safety net surrounding at-risk children, youth and families.
I have a wonderful wife, Kori, who founded and runs the Renew Counseling Center in Olathe, a 12-year-old, Nora, twin boys (Grayson who is seven and Jude who went to heaven way too early) and have recently adopted two foster siblings (8 & 5) Chandler and Milla into our home.
I want to be a resource to the families that are currently in or have completed our program and don't take on individual clients.
Jason is willing to Present, Consult, Train or just be a Resource for Parents, Schools, Churches and Teens.
Clinical Team: All have their own private practices and see individuals and/or families. Contact them directly, if interested.
Joe Segraves, MA, LPC
Taylor Gaughan, LPC
AfterCare: For anyone who has completed the Renew Adolescent IOP, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:50 pm.
Paperwork, Finances and Community Engagement make the work possible.
Why Two Tents?
You have options for adolescent intensive treatment: Some more conveniently located; some that meet at more convenient times; some that are connected to larger institutions. Below are some reasons families choose to join our program.
Helping Adolescents with Anxiety (Short Clips)
Be on the Journey Together I They Can't do this on their Own I Educate Yourself First I Using Mindful Action I Recognizing Anxiety I Anxiety is Bigger than "Mean" Thoughts I Creating a Thrive Filter for your Young Person I You're going to have to Parent Differently
Designed to Enhance & Partner (not compete) with:
Individual and/or family therapy
Medical interventions (psychopharmacology)
Education (school counselors / teachers / nurses)
Weekly communication with schools / therapists
Weekly AfterCare offered (click for details)
Parent Support Group on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 6-7:20 pm
Many Adolescents are Struggling
Many Adolescents are Struggling
TWO TENTS IOP AfterCare
The intensive program is a great opportunity to learn a lot of skills and decide on what big changes need to be made individually and as a family to move for more effectively. Sustaining change is hard.
AfterCare reinforces the skills taught, has been shown to decrease relapse and supports the climb up their Growth Ladders. Parent Support Group helps parents do the same.
Weekly AfterCare Every Wednesday
8575 W. 110th St., Suite 320, Overland Park, KS 66210
5:30 to 6:50 pm
Click here for more information and AfterCare schedule.