As a proud member of the queer community, I learned early that we deserved better from the mental health field. When I started looking for my own therapist in 2016, I struggled to find one that I didn't need to teach about what it was like to be queer in today's society. When I finally received the support, guidance, and mentorship from a queer therapist, I set out on my own journey to begin helping others.  Becoming a therapist has allowed me to combine my passions for teaching, counseling, art, and stories to launch KC Character Development.

While 2020 was a year like none other, during this time I graduated from Friends University with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy  and earned a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies from Kansas State University along the way. 

My passions are fueled by raising up the voices of those who have been marginalized, silenced, and/or erased. My favorite moments in the therapy room are those "lightbulb" moments where my clients find their voice and begin using it relationally to help them write new possibilities; while at the same time, leaning into what it means to be human and feeling all of those uncomfy emotions we try to run from (which is a huge 180° turn from my motto throughout grad school: "feelings are gross").

My two dogs, Piper and Phoebe, are my pride and joy. You might see them make cameos in our sessions. Piper doesn't know a stranger and, while stubborn at times, is the reason I don't give up hope. Phoebe is the sweetest, most sensitive dog I've ever met; but she's also the most protective of our little family. Their favorite things to do are to sunbathe while watching nature, taking long car rides, and snuggling up on the couch under loads of blankets.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing/reading, listening to music, making art, and watching tv/listening to podcasts. I spend as much time as I can with my dogs and we try to take the occasional daytrip somewhere to let myself get lost and connect with the world differently.

Still want to know more? Check out my resume, blog, or my recent interview with Voyage KC!

Ready to take that next step and learn more about how we can transform your life? Schedule your free consult today!

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​—Colby Bruner, LMFT (They/He)

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​—Piper

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​—Phoebe

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