At Sunflower Medical Group, we know that it can be difficult to eat right and take care of yourself when you have emotional, mental, financial, or transportation concerns. That is why we have Kansas City counseling and support services for you in-house! We employ a team of Kansas City therapists, a full-time dietician, and a social worker to help support you and help you find the help you need to better care for yourself. We encourage our patients to be open and discuss their mental health and emotional health with their physicians.
We do not charge for any dietician or social work services for our patients. We also schedule regular (and free) group diabetes support groups led by the dietician and psychologist monthly. Lastly, we have partnered with Kansas City Hospice to help us facilitate advance care planning classes to help our community plan for end-of-life issues. These classes include a free workbook, living will forms, and we will also furnish a notary. Please call for an appointment or to find out more about these classes, as locations vary.
We provide therapy services for individuals throughout all phases of life, including children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Our Kansas City therapists are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities and are able to customize their approach to each individual. Whether you’re dealing with a mental illness or a change in your living circumstances, we’re here to assist you.
What We Treat
Our Kansas City psychologists treat a full range of mental health conditions. Whatever mental health issues you’re experiencing, we’re here to help you get through it through counseling and treatment.
You’re not alone if you’re experiencing issues with your mental health. Here are the most common mental health conditions we treat:
If you’re suffering from depression, you’re not alone. Depression manifests itself in a variety of ways and has a wide range of severity. This includes feelings of being stuck in a rut or having the seasonal blues, melancholia, to a more serious condition, such as major depressive disorder.
Anxiety is a sensation of fear, worry, and uneasiness. It can be intense and overwhelming and may interfere with your relationships, job, or schoolwork. We treat anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia, acute stress disorder, interpersonal anxiety disorder (interpersonal phobia), obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (social phobia), and others.
If you’ve gone through a traumatic event, you may be experiencing PTSD. Our therapists are trained to help identify triggers and manage your symptoms so you can have a more fulfilling life.
Grief is a profound emotional pain that can be brought on by the death of a loved one or the loss of a partner or other significant relationship. We’re here to help support you through this difficult time.
Our Kansas City Therapists & Psychologists
At Sunflower, we have certified Kansas City mental health professionals and a range of treatment options to guide you along your mental health journey. Learn more about our staff below.
Maria Santiago Padin, Psy.D.
Dr. Santiago is bilingual in Spanish and English and has been a practicing psychologist since 2005. She treats adults with mild to severe mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, panic, and PTSD. She can perform psychological testing, and diagnostic assessment, integrated health care, behavioral medicine, and is skilled at working with grief. She has worked in a variety of settings, including prison, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient, medical, and private practice settings. She is a certified Parenting Through Love & Logic instructor and is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), leadership & supervision, psycho-pharmacology, psychotropic medication clinical trials, and geriatric psychology. Dr. Santiago earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Foreign Languages from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She then earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, MO. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health in New York State, and she completed her post-doctorate residency at Fishkill Correctional Facility for the New York State Office of Mental Health and at Osawatomie State Hospital in Kansas. Dr. Santiago sees patients at Heartland Primary Care, KCKS location.
Brenda Rump, Ph.D.
Dr. Rump was born and raised in Larned, KS, and began her psychology studies at the University of Kansas. She then studied at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, and earned her Masters of Science in Applied Clinical Psychology. She then returned to the University of Kansas to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology. She has worked in a variety of positions in the field of non-profit Social Services, and most recently, she worked as a clinician serving adults and children at Johnson County Mental Health Center for 15 years. She was a professor of psychology at Johnson County Community College for ten years, helping to train the next generation of psychologists. She enjoys helping children and adults with a wide variety of issues, including coping skill development, via Cognitive Behavior Therapy, emotion regulation with Dialectical Behavior therapy methods, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy while utilizing Brief, Solution-Focused approaches. In her free time, she loves to watch her favorite sports teams play, including KU football and basketball, NDSU football, the KC Royals, and the KC Chiefs. She loves to complete jigsaw puzzles and listen to Linda Ronstadt. Dr. Rump sees patients at the Sunflower Medical Group Mission location.
Care Manager/Social Services:
Shelley Franzeskos B.E.S. Care Manager/Social Services
Shelly earned her Bachelor’s in Education Studies from the University of Missouri school of education, focusing on counseling psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family counseling. Based on the needs and values of the patient, and in collaboration with all service providers, the care manager links patients and their families/support systems to community resources (financial assistance, food pantries, housing, and support services, etc.) and government services (Medicaid, Social Security, Disability, etc.) for maximization of health and patient/family care. In addition, the Care Manager/Social Services facilitates Advance Care Planning Classes. Shelly helps patients at all locations.