Monica Masters, MS, LCPC, LCAC, NCC
Behavioral Health Clinician
“Community-based service is where my heart is, to serve those in need who struggle with knowing where to reach out to for assistance, who don’t have the financial means to do so or are apprehensive about their ability to heal.”
Monica Masters, MS, LCPC, LCAC, NCC, brings nearly 15 years of community-based counseling — plus 10 additional years as a certified nursing assistant — to her new role at Health Partnership Clinic (HPC). Monica is no stranger to HPC. When she served as a dual-diagnosis Johnson County Mental Health therapist, she would refer her clients to the clinic for services.
Monica began her college studies at age 25 following the birth of three sons. Studying sociology and rehabilitation services at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., she double majored and completed two bachelor’s degrees in 2006. Tirelessly, she then earned her Master of Mental Health Counseling degree within two years while also working as a certified nursing assistant and raising her sons as a single mother.
Monica’s career has been devoted to caring for the underserved at community-based organizations, be they county, university or Salvation Army-sponsored facilities. Having earlier worked in family preservation and substance abuse, her recent and current work has focused on treating patients to help manage comorbidity, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Some have a history of trauma and substance abuse disorder.
Her ability to help these patients has been strengthened by coping with the loss of a granddaughter and her own visual impairment beginning at age 39.
Regardless of why a patient seeks help, Monica’s approach is the same: to meet them where they are at; to respect their views, opinions and life experiences; and to provide direct individual attention. She believes that every individual has both successes and hesitations, and that her role is to help them recognize their inner qualities to help them move forward. A firm believer in short-term therapy, the goal, she says, is to “work herself out of a job,” patient by patient by getting them mentally stable and more confident with their skills.
A newer need that Monica has identified is to help individuals cope with a recent diagnosis. She helps them embrace the future and to accept and learn to live with — and not deny — their new normal.
Monica sees patients of all ages at HPC’s main facility in Olathe and looks forward to serving wherever she can see the biggest gain or progress. When not serving the community, she treasures time with her children, grandchildren and friends.