Counseling and Resources for Difficult Life Transitions


provides counseling for:

  • Emotional Impact of Health Problems
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
  • Adult Mental Illness

Are you and your siblings uncertain about how to help an aging parent?

Is an illness causing frustration and keeping you from living life the way you want to?

Has a childhood marked by turmoil, abuse or neglect left emotional scars that cause difficulty in your adult life?

Perhaps you doubt your ability to carry on following the death of a loved one.

Passages is here to help.

Do you need…?

  • Resources to make decisions about senior living arrangements
  • Techniques for coping with stress and anxiety
  • Ideas about getting “unstuck” from your current life course
  • Help to get through a loss, cope with a life tragedy or a painful childhood

Have you been experiencing…?

  • Feelings of extreme sadness or hopelessness
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Excessive guilt
  • Mood swings
  • Behavior problems
  • Caregiver stress
  • Difficulty coping with a diagnosis
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Relationship problems based on these issues

Do you have a history of…?

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Verbal or emotional abuse
  • Childhood neglect
  • Other types of trauma
  • Serious/chronic illness
  • Multiple deaths/losses

Anxiety, depression and personality issues can impair functioning, impacting your health, job and relationships.

Illness, pain, loss, caregiving and aging are some of the transitions in life that can create emotional challenges and strain your resources.

Passages offers guidance for facing life stressors, healing from the pain of past trauma and moving into a healthier lifestyle.

Support From Professionals You Can Trust

Licensed clinical social workers experienced in dealing with medical and emotional challenges offer counseling and connect you to additional community resources as needed. One-on-one counseling and family counseling are available.

When you work with a Passages social worker, you can decide how often to meet. A long-term commitment isn’t required. Instead, you can choose to address what is causing you pain or difficulty at this time and can arrange future meetings as needed.

Passages social workers are dedicated to protecting your privacy according to state and federal laws and the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.


Services are available in a comfortable office setting at 9001 State Line Road. Services at other locations of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care may be available by prior arrangement.


Services may be covered by private insurance or Medicare. You may elect to pay privately. As part of a not-for-profit organization, Passages social workers will work with clients to try to eliminate financial barriers to obtaining the care they need.

For More Information

Please call 816.276.2717 for more information or to make an appointment.

Passages is a program of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religious beliefs.

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Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health Care

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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