Vanessa Whalen, L.S.C.S.W.
(Vanessa sees clients at her East Wichita
counseling office: 250 N. Rock Road, Suite 340, Wichita, KS. The same phone number, 729-9965, serves all of
Vanessa Whalen is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. She received
her Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Kansas in 1996. She received her undergraduate
degree in psychology from Wichita State University in 1988. Currently, Vanessa is also pursueing her registered
play therapist status.
Over the past twenty years, Vanessa has been employed in behavioral health and human
services. She has extensive experience with hospice, domestic and sexual violence services, mental retardation, and
employee assistance. Vanessa has expertise in treating grief and loss, domestic violence and sexual assault,
depression, anxiety, PTSD, communication problems, parenting issues, and stress.
Vanessa works with individuals, couples, and families, and especially enjoys working
with children as young as the age of three. She is a strong proponent of play therapy in the treatment of children,
and utilizes those techniques when appropriate.
Because of her familiarity with a number of therapeutic approaches, Vanessa is able
to match the therapeutic approach to the individual’s need. Among the methods Vanessa may utilize are cognitive
therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, play therapy, sandtray therapy, and
Vanessa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association
for Play Therapy. She is also certified by the Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Professional.