Meet the Group

Hutchinson & Associates offers a diverse group of therapists (Psychologists, Counselors and Social Workers).

You may choose any therapist and call him or her directly. If you prefer, you may call Marilyn Hutchinson. She will strive to find the best choice considering who has an opening, who is experienced in your concerns, who participates with your insurance plan and who can meet when you are available.

Marilyn A. Hutchinson, Ph.D.
Owner, Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361-0664 Ext. 202
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Hutchinson is owner and manager of Hutchinson & Associates. She is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist who specializes in women’s unique issues, growth and development. She has experience with a wide range of concerns of individuals and couples with a specialization in trauma recovery and EMDR. She has over forty years experience as a university professor, a psychologist at a university mental health center, and in private practice. She does forensic evaluations throughout the United States in civil and criminal matters.

Arnold V. Abels, Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361-0664 Ext. 213
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Abels received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2001. He is a licensed psychologist in Missouri. His professional interests include diversity and multiculturalism, men’s issues, crisis intervention, and physical disability. He has worked extensively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Trained as a generalist, he works with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety/stress, mood disorders, trauma, issues related to physical disability, grief/loss, identity development, family and relationship issues, and spirituality. He works from an integrated holistic framework that incorporates person-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented theories that values individual differences and diversity with the goal of identifying and developing personal strengths that will foster empowerment. Both late night and weekend appointments are available in the warm welcoming and accessible  office space that is located near public transportation.

Michael W. Anderson, Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 203
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Anderson is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders, including chronic insomnia. Evaluations can be obtained for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. When necessary, referrals can be made to specialized sleep laboratories. Dr. Anderson also sees clients for individual psychotherapy and conducts adult neuropsychological evaluations.

LaVerne A. Berkel, Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 206
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Berkel is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist who works with adults in individual psychotherapy. She is experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and relational concerns and incorporates cognitive behavioral and other therapeutic approaches in her practice. Dr. Berkel is an Associate Professor in the counseling program at UMKC and conducts research that explores minority concerns, religious and spiritual issues, and health. She has a holistic approach and uses the therapeutic relationship to help clients develop strengths as well as address problems in their lives.

Lester E. Blue, Jr., Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 209
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Blue is a psychologist licensed Missouri and Kansas. He is experienced in treating adults and couples from diverse backgrounds for a variety of emotional, situational, personal growth and relationship issues. His treatment style is interactive and incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Family Systems approaches.

Denise L. Gulledge, Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 204
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Gulledge is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist who specializes in individual psychotherapy with adults. She has experience treating a wide range of disorders and is particularly experienced in treating the effects of physical or emotional trauma. She has over twenty-five years experience and brings a background of special training in women’s concerns, their growth and relationships. Dr. Gulledge employs a variety of therapy styles, takes an active role in therapy, and focuses on developing strengths as well as treating problems.

Christopher M. Hermesch, LPC
Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 212
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Chris Hermesch is a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor who is experienced in providing therapy to individuals in both Spanish and English.  He has experience with assisting individuals who are challenged with trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder.  Chris is a person-centered therapist who employs a variety of therapeutic styles, but relies primarily on mindfulness based cognitive therapy, DBT and EMDR therapy methods.  He is also experienced in working with individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds and appreciates how each individual’s unique experience brings distinctive strengths to their ability to cope with their challenges.

Shu-Fen Shih, Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 214
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Shih is a licensed psychologist. She received her M. Ed. and B.Ed. (both in Counseling) at National Changwha University of Education in Taiwan . She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Psychology at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign Counseling Center. Dr. Shih especially enjoys working with minority students, international students, and adults in general. She has received specialized training in eating disturbance treatment, sexual abuse and assault treatment. Her areas of clinical interest include cross-culture and gender issues, and how those issues are developed by their culture and by the socialization process. She is especially interested in understanding racial/ethnic identity, role and nature of counseling in non-Western cultures.

Connie Sweeney, Ph.D.
Missouri Licensed Psychologist
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 208
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Dr. Sweeney is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist who treats depression/anxiety disorders, life transitions, grief, and survivors of family dysfunction, physical abuse and sexual abuse. She specializes in domestic assault and anger control issues in relationships and has received advanced and specialty training in EMDR. Dr. Sweeney is particularly sensitive to families experiencing the stress of caring for aging parents.

Pamela D. Thorp, LCSW
Missouri and Kansas Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Phone: (816) 361 0664 Ext. 210
Address: Suite 100, 222 West Gregory Blvd., KCMO 64114

Pam Thorp is a clinical master level therapist who has been practicing for twenty years with children, families, adolescents and adults. She works with trauma issues in children and adults and specializes in attachment issues and trauma in children dealing with adoption and the foster care system.  She uses a family based approach with the parents as co-therapists.  Her treatment approaches include theraplay and teaching trust through Dyadic Developmental therapy.  She works with a variety of adult issues such as depression, trauma, sexual orientation, anxiety and loss.  She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  Her schedule accommodates work and school schedules and she offers evening hours.