Executive Director

Photo by Beau Underwood c. 2023

benjamin lyons

MACG, MAEd, LCPC, LPC, ADHD-CCSP, ASDCS, CTMH | Pronouns: He/Him | AuDHD Professional

About our Executive Director & Chief Psychometrist:

"Outside of my work, I’m a huge nerd! I spend a lot of my free time gaming with my partners, reading or watching sci-fi, and getting lost down Wikipedia rabbit-trails. I’m also a big fan of D&D and History YouTube. Self-care is important so I make time for rolling around on my motorcycle whenever I can (helmet on, rubber down) and aspire to flexibility by practicing yoga. 

I split my time between Chicago, where my partners and primary practice are based, and Kansas City, where my husband is a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist at Heartland Therapy Connection."

- Benjamin

Leadership experience

Benjamin has served as an academic advisor, college educator, and career coach since 2011 and a mental health practitioner since 2018. He has been a 100% telehealth provider since 2020. Select previous leadership roles include:

Benjamin & his Royal Enfield Classic 350 c. 2024, Photo by Chris Williams

Clinical training

Benjamin completed a clinical practicum with Community Counseling & Assessment Services (CCAS), a community mental health clinic sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). CCAS is a safety-net provider serving a diverse, urban population of primarily low-income clients. Following this practicum experience, he also completed an internship with the Counseling & Advocacy Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC). In addition to individual and group counseling services, Benjamin clinically assessed students for ADA accommodation eligibility; served as co-advisor to the campus Queer student organization; collaborated with the KCKCC Art Gallery & KCKCC Center for Diversity on programing and advocacy; and advised faculty and staff on student crisis situations.

Benjamin has trained in trauma-informed care with neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Sweeton, the Arizona Trauma Institute, and the International Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. He has also completed sex therapy training and supervision experiences with Dr. Tammy Nelson of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute as well as AASECT Certified Sex Therapists Julia Schafermeyer, LCPC, & Rae McDaniel, LCPC, author of Gender Magic

Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Psychometrists (NAPsy). He was trained in clinical mental health assessment by Dr. Johanna Nilsson of the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Dr. Carolyn Pepper, formerly of the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Kansas Counseling Association past-president Linda Werner, LCPC, Director of the Counseling & Advocacy Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College. 

Education & Licensure

Benjamin has also studied non-profit management and business ethics with the University of Cincinnati's Lindner College of Business; online counselor education and supervision at the University of the Cumberlands; and public health and prevention science with Wilmington University. 

Benjamin holds the following licenses and certifications: 

professional affiliations

Benjamin is a member of the following professional organizations: