Merritt is a Kansas City native but calls Brooklyn NY “her true home”. Merritt Benz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of the Bedford Therapy Group. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and focuses on shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
Before private practice, Merritt was the Program Director and helped open Gilda’s Club Kansas City where she provided individual and group counseling to people living with cancer and their family members and friends. Before moving to Kansas City, she participated in a post-graduate fellowship at the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine where she provided both individual and family counseling in a community based setting. In New York she was the worked with various high risk teen population groups as Program Director for the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a new clinical evidenced-based treatment program (called Multi-Systemic Therapy) that provides intensive in home family therapy for adjudicated teens and their families, as an alternative to incarceration. Although her work brings her great satisfaction and joy, Merritt’s ideal day is being knee deep in a spring fed trout stream casting flies, hoping for a fish to rise, and celebrating with a cold beer on the river afterwards.
Caylen Sunderman grew up on a farm in Iowa, and became a Kansas Citian in 2006. Caylen is a Marriage and Family Therapist with The Bedford Therapy Group and is an Adjunct Professor with the Friends University graduate program in therapy. In practice, Caylen specializes in couples therapy and individual therapy. Special areas of focus are cancer, fertility struggles, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress, childhood trauma, adult trauma, anxiety, depression, common relationship struggles (conflict, communication), infidelity, pre-marital counseling, and career counseling. Caylen has completed the intensive externship for Emotionally-Focused Therapy, a leading and empirically supported therapeutic model for relationships. She has also completed Level I training with the John Gottman Institute, who is a prominent researcher of relationships and a theoretical giant in the field of therapy.
As an Adjunct Professor, she currently teaches clinical foundations of therapy to graduate students in the MFT program. Caylen is a public speaker and has presented throughout the metro, most commonly about cancer and the emotional and relational impact of cancer. She also appeared on KCPT and sat on a panel of physicians and professionals to discuss cancer care in Kansas City. Prior to private practice, Caylen was a Program Clinician at Gilda’s Club Kansas City, where she facilitated cancer support groups, facilitated caregiver support groups, provided grief support to the bereaved, ran programs both large and small, provided individual/family/couples counseling around the devastating diagnosis of cancer, and helped individuals manage crises.
Caylen worked in health care as an emergency medical technician for eight years before graduate school, and has worked in an emergency room, in-patient mental health, and a doctor’s office. A couple other fun facts: Caylen was a certified personal trainer, EMT, and barista during her undergraduate years; and grew up breaking and training thoroughbred horses and showing cattle!
Heidi was raised in the Kansas City area and loves calling it her home. Heidi Coulter is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a therapist at the Bedford Therapy Group, a private counseling practice that focuses individuals & Couples, Kids & Teens. Heidi has been working with children and families for over 10 years and is very passionate about her work. Before private practice, Heidi was a clinician at Gilda’s Club Kansas City where she worked with individuals, children and families who have been impacted by cancer. She also worked with parents and children at the Child Abuse Prevention Association and Children’s Mercy Hospital. When Heidi has the day off, you can find her enjoying life in Lee’s Summit with her two little boys and husband.
Megan Mulheron, M.S., PLMFT
Megan is an LMFT in Kansas and a PLMFT in Missouri. Megan grew up in the Kansas City area, and enjoys everything the city has to offer. Megan graduated from Friends University with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. During her time at Friends she completed her clinical work at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, LifeQuest Church, Solace House, and Synergy Services. During this time she met with individuals, couples, and families, and she facilitated Relationship Building Groups, Addiction Processing Groups, and Grief Support Groups. Megan currently holds a Prepare Enrich Certification for working with Premarital Couples. Before receiving her Master’s Degree Megan worked as an Education Coordinator at a local non-profit maternity home for pregnant teens, a Case Manager working with Chronically Homeless adults, and as support staff for a local non-profit organization that provides housing for families facing childhood illness. Outside of private practice Megan also works at Midwest Institute for Addiction as a Therapist. Megan is passionate about meeting people where they’re at. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Megan is trained in Systemic Therapy and works to consider how each member of a family functions within the family system, as well as the impact of the family system on each member. Megan enjoys using Attachment Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. When Megan is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her Husband and English Bulldog.