Body, Mind & Spirit is a series of interviews introducing Kansas City wellness professionals whose service offerings address the whole person. We kick off our series today with Martha Childers, LPC, EdS who is a licensed professional counselor in independent practice on the Country Club Plaza.
Please tell us a little about yourself, what you do and your journey into this type of work:
At midlife I read an article saying that one way to ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is to do something never done before at middle age. After two years of thought and self-exploration, I remembered that my original youthful intention was to become a psychologist. However, the first day of class in Psychology 101, the teacher said that we need to be honest with ourselves; that we study psychology to control people. I was fresh off the farm, 17 years old, and believed her. I thought, “I don’t want to control people!” So my life took another path. Now I am fulfilling the dream of my youth by helping people fulfill their own needs and desires.
How does the body-mind-spirit connection inform your work?
For several years during my 20’s, I lived in Japan and practiced a variety of Zen meditations including flower arrangement, calligraphy, koto, and tea ceremony. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of my personal and professional life. My clients routinely learn a variety of mindfulness practices to help them with issues such as anxiety, decision-making, and PTSD.
I believe that the mind, body, spirit are words we use to provide a means to communicate and make sense of the world. In reality, we are one creature in one creation moving and being as one. As a psychotherapist, I have a professional responsibility to utilize the techniques defined within this field while keeping in mind the wholeness of the being.
What makes your business/services unique?
A dear friend helped me design my office. It is a reflection of my life and my personality while providing a peaceful, relaxing place for my clients to talk freely and openly. The location is on the Plaza, which is central to the area. Parking is convenient, and for individuals who have difficulty getting around, handicap parking is just outside the office. Having lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, and Africa for 12 years, my experience facilitates relationships with multicultural couples and individuals. I know what it’s like to be a minority and to be a foreigner in a strange land.
What can people expect to experience when they first come to see you or visit your place of work?
My clients can expect a nurturing, beautiful, safe place.
What does your personal wellness routine look like?
Daily meditation provides a way for my mind to clear. Daily exercise gets my blood flowing. Nutritious food feeds my body. Careful cleaning of my teeth, hair, and body refresh me. Regular visits to the chiropractor and an energy worker help alignment and eliminate blockages. Routine visits to my primary care physician and dentist monitor my health. Mini-mindfulness practices throughout the day reduce anxiety and keep me in the moment. Sleep and rest revitalize me.