Lauri Ruth, MS/LPC – Play Therapist

816-246-4465 ext 4

LauriRRLauri Ruth is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in Play Therapy. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

Lauri earned her undergraduate degree in Education from Central Missouri State University (now UCM), and began her career as a junior high mathematics teacher. After the birth of her daughters, Lauri spent seven years as a stay-at-home mom and childcare provider. When her children entered school, she returned to the university for her master’s degree in counseling. While earning her graduate degree, Lauri worked several part-time jobs; preschool teacher, assistant director at a daycare facility and paraprofessional at the high school level for Ozanam Home for Boys and Girls. After receiving her graduate degree, Lauri spent one year as an Elementary In-School Suspension teacher for Della Lamb Charter School, three years as a Middle School Counselor in Higginsville, MO, and four years as the Teacher on the Adolescent Unit of Research Psychiatric Center.

Lauri has been married thirty-one years. She and her husband have three daughters, three son-in-laws, two granddaughters and two grandsons. Lauri’s favorite past-time is spending time with her family.

Lauri works evenings and weekends so she can babysit her grandchildren during the day. Lauri is a Stephens Minister for the United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Lauri is passionate about working with children and families to achieve a mentally healthy living environment within the home. Lauri would say her therapeutic style is Family Systems based with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when working with Adolescents. For children ages three-twelve, Lauri utilizes Play Therapy as the primary mode of treatment. For more information about Play Therapy see

Lauri’s Office Hours:
Monday                3pm-8pm
Tuesdays              3pm-8pm
Wednesdays        3pm-8pm
Thursdays            Out of the Office
Friday                   3pm-8pm
Saturdays             9am-5pm
Sundays               Out of the Office

Insurances that Lauri accepts:
Aetna Better Health
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (except Blue Select)
Missouri Health Net(Missouri Medicaid)
Missouri Care
UBH (United Behavioral Health)

Lauri is applying to become an in-network provider for many other insurance plans at this time. Please call the office to find if she has been approved as a provider with your insurance.

Lauri is willing to accept a limited number of reduced rate clients for those who show need. Call the office to speak with Lauri if this applies to your situation.

Lauri’s continued education training:

March 2017 – Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Recognizing & Treating the Emerging Epidemic