Meet the Team

Miranda Counseling | Elizabeth Miranda, Therapist

Elizabeth Miranda, M.S., LCMFT, LPC, RPT-S

Elizabeth is originally from Indiana, where she graduated from Huntington University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She began her career working with teens in a residential facility, and later as a mentor and leader for youth in the community. She migrated to Kansas City where she completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Lenexa, KS in 2005. She furthered her education again in 2009 by completing KC Play Talk, an extensive training program in play therapy. She is now a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) and treats children ages 2 and up. She is also level 2 trained in EMDR, a specific approach in treating trauma, which she does with both adults and children. She also has training in Trauma Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Theraplay, Dyad Developmental Therapy (Attachment Focused Family Therapy), and loves to utilize play therapy within these models of therapy.

While she began her career working with troubled teens in residential, church, and community agencies, she has worked for nearly 10 years in the Northland as a therapist. There she gained extensive experience treating children, teens, and adults facing a variety of issues from trauma/abuse, divorce and relational issues, to depression and anxiety. In 2011 she launched a private practice in Leawood, KS where she continues to utilize play therapy in working with families in need.

Elizabeth has been described as a “kid magnet” for many reasons. Her enthusiasm immediately draws both children and parents in. She has a gift at encouraging and connecting with even the most challenging or traumatized children and teens. Elizabeth has led groups for teens and parents addressing a variety of issues. She also offers supervision and consultation to new therapists in the field and is a AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Currently, she also provides supervision at Friends University for students completing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Professional Affiliations:
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Member
Association for Play Therapy, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Miranda Counseling | Chelsea Link, Therapist

Chelsea Link

Chelsea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and her master’s degree from Kansas State University. Chelsea has worked with children, families, and individuals in a variety of settings. Chelsea’ therapeutic approach is strongly solution focused and positive. She utilizes several modalities such as Mindfulness, Solution Focused, and Narrative approaches among others. Chelsea is currently finishing her training in Play Therapy and appreciates how play is a child’s language. Chelsea has worked with children and families who present with various needs ranging from struggles with transitions in life to trauma. She believes one of the most important aspects of therapy is the therapeutic relationship between a therapist and client; therefore Chelsea strives to make the therapy process one of teamwork. Chelsea believes in working with the whole family, especially when working with children. She has seen the power of change when caregivers are involved in treatment. Chelsea is thankful for all her clients who allow her to walk next to them through some of their struggles as well as their celebrations in life. In her spare time, she often can be found at the dog park with her best dog-friend, Ginger.

Miranda Counseling | Kate Hamlin, Therapist

Kate Hamlin

Are you struggling with your child or teen? Do you feel like you can’t do anything right as a parent anymore? Do you wish for positive family relationships and peace in your home again? I I want to come alongside you and your family and help to heal relational issues and past trauma. I feel my passion is for children, teens and their families, and I enjoy seeing the freedom that comes through healthy relationships.

I am a counselor who works with family relationships, past trauma, as well as individual issues through the lens of Attachment and with Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

I’m excited to work with you as an individual to achieve your therapeutic goals and find solutions to any of your concerns.

Kate received her undergraduate degree in Lifespan Development from Kansas State University in 2008 and graduated with her Masters in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene in 2011. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and has additional training and EMDR, adolescent and family counseling, and trauma treatment.

Miranda Counseling | Amberlee Johns, Therapist

Amberlee Johns, M.S., LMFT

As I therapist, I am honored to have the opportunity to walk alongside of my clients. I greatly value your autonomy and am collaborative in setting treatment goals with you. Together we can pursue healing and growth as we face the storms experienced both in your past and/or present. I also provide faith-based services when requested by the client.

Amberlee is from Arkansas where she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling from John Brown University. Her training has prepared her to work with individuals and families across the lifespan. Amberlee has provided services to children, individuals, couples, and families. Amberlee has experience walking with clients through depression, anxiety, trauma, abandonment, grief/loss, anger, life-cycle transitions, relationship issues, attachment issues, and has provided parenting support. Amberlee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Kansas.

Amberlee is additionally trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is a structured approach to couples therapy that has been validated with over 20 years of empirical research. This approach has been continued to be developed for use with individuals and families, as well. Amberlee has completed both the Externship and Core Skills Trainings in EFT and continues to be involved in a community of therapists who use this approach in working with couples.

Amberlee is trained in play therapy providing her with a framework allowing her to work with children and families in a variety of developmentally appropriate ways. Her play therapy training includes child-centered play therapy, sand-tray therapy, and directive attachment based modalities. When working with children, Amberlee values the important relationships in the child’s life, which means that caregivers are included on a consistent basis.

Professional Affiliations:
International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Member