Meet Dr. Eric Gaughan

Freedom from your anxiety and depression is within reach

Anxiety and depression can be so overwhelming and disruptive that they rob us of our mental peace and our ability to experience joy.

Our emotions seem like they’re beyond our control and have taken over our life, leaving us feeling stuck and hopeless, like we can’t break out of the constant emotional loops that are blocking us from having the life we want.

I’m Dr. Eric Gaughan, and I’m grateful to have been of part of helping so many people discover that relief is possible.

If you’re thinking life shouldn’t be this hard, you’re absolutely right.

It shouldn’t. Let’s work together to start feeling better now, and developing skills to stay happier and healthier in the future.

My Experience

As a psychologist in practice for the last 10 years, I’ve been blessed to be able to meet and help men and women who feel trapped by anxiety and depression to find emotional freedom and mental peace, so they can recapture joy in their life.

By helping clients understand the things that are driving their worry, sadness, frustration, and unhelpful or unhealthy ways of coping and showing them new ways of viewing and handling these problems, it’s my pleasure to watch my clients learn the tools needed to achieve relief that lasts and develop confidence in their ability to effectively manage their anxiety and depression on their own.

My Background

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri

I’m a psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology, which is the branch of psychology that specializes in assessing and treating mental health disorders and problems. Prior to opening a full-time private practice, I served as a staff psychologist at a large, multi-site hospital and mental health center in Kansas City.

In addition, I served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rockhurst University where I taught undergraduate courses and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine where I provided training and supervision in cognitive behavioral therapy to psychiatry residents.

Schedule Your Introductory Session

If you’re interested in learning more about Gaughan Psychological Services or what it’s like to work with me, please get in touch. We’ll get started with a short, complimentary consultation over the phone. This session gives you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your psychotherapy solutions before your first full session. It’s a great first step toward investing in your long-term goals.

Getting Started with Psychotherapy

I do my utmost to make the intake process simple and stress free. When you contact Gaughan Psychological Services, we’ll begin the psychotherapy process with a complimentary phone consultation to discuss the issues you are seeking help with, questions you may have about the practice, and whether we might be a good fit to begin work together.

To schedule the initial consultation:

  • Please call (913) 562-9588 or email me at
  • Leave your name, phone number, and a few good times to reach you that you’ll have enough privacy to briefly discuss the issues you hope to work on in therapy.
  • I will return your call, typically within 24 hours unless you have specified another time, to conduct the free brief consultation that lasts about 10 minutes.

    Fees & Payment

    Payment may be made by debit/credit card, HSA/FSA card, check, or cash and is collected at the time of service.

    If the price of treatment is the only thing getting in the way of starting work with me, I invite you to contact me. There are options available to help those with need to fit the cost of psychotherapy into their budgets. It is my goal to offer as much flexibility and accessibility as possible to ensure those who would benefit from psychotherapy can work with me.

    Additionally, I encourage individuals to think of psychotherapy as a short-term investment in long-term happiness. Therapy involves a significant commitment of time and money but also gives you the tools to achieve relief that lasts. My goal with every client is to help them to become their own therapist, so they can effectively manage their anxiety or depression on their own.

    Individual Psychotherapy Session

    45 minutes: $185

    Sessions will typically be scheduled for 45 minutes. Occasionally, we may decide to continue with a session beyond your 45 minute appointment, rather than stop or postpone work on a particular issue. Extended sessions will generally be charged on a prorated basis in 15-minute increments.



    I am considered an “out-of-network” provider, and I don’t participate in any insurance plans. Although I don’t accept insurance as a form of payment, many insurance plans will reimburse their members a percentage of out-of-pocket expenses after a deductible is met, and you may be able to seek reimbursement from your insurance company for your treatment depending on your coverage.

    Through my patient portal, you can access and download a billing statement for your sessions that includes all the information necessary to submit a claim to your insurer to apply for reimbursement. You will then be reimbursed directly by your insurance company based on the terms of your policy.

    Please keep in mind that if you choose to utilize your insurance, a psychiatric diagnosis is typically required for reimbursement.

    If you plan to independently file claims for reimbursement, I recommend you contact your insurance company to better understand your benefits and reimbursement procedures. You can start by asking:

    • Do I have out-of-network behavioral health benefits to see a psychologist?
    • If so, what is the coverage amount per therapy session?
    • Do I have a deductible for mental health benefits (a deductible is a set amount that you must pay before your insurance company begins providing benefits)?
    • If so, how much of the deductible have I met?
    • How many therapy sessions are covered, and for what time period?
    • How do I submit requests for reimbursement?

    For Medicare Beneficiaries: Please note that Gaughan Psychological Services is not a covered provider under Medicare. Medicare-eligible patients may not seek reimbursement from Medicare or their supplemental coverage for services provided.

    Notice of Privacy Practices

    The Notice of Privacy Practices provides information about your rights and protections related to the use and disclosure of your identifiable health care information. You can download and read the Notice of Privacy Practices below. Since you will complete all necessary forms, including the Notice of Privacy Practices, using the patient portal, there is no need to print and complete this document unless you would like to do so for your own records.

    Read the Notice of Privacy Practices

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