My name is Naomi Norton, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Kansas. I have a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently, I am in the final stages of completing my Ph.D. in Family Therapy at Northcentral University. My research focuses on the conceptualization of mental health by the White fundamental evangelical Christian community. I am excited to see how these continued studies will help me grow personally and professionally.
I look forward to bringing all that I am learning in my Ph.D. program into the therapeutic setting!
I have been working within the mental health field for almost a decade in various capacities. Working with teenagers and families within a psychiatric hospital encouraged me to pursue further education to obtain a family therapy degree. Upon graduating, I worked within child welfare, providing intensive in-home therapy; these professional experiences have allowed me many opportunities with many people who deal with various issues. I have used my knowledge to help others impacted by cultural, contextual, and systemic struggles, for which I am incredibly grateful! I began my therapy practice in Kansas City in 2016, providing in-home therapy for individuals and families who struggle with various disabilities, personality disorders, and severe mental illnesses. Additionally, I am passionate about supporting individuals with religious trauma and/or have experienced adverse religious experiences (AREs), spiritual/religious/church abuse, and faith deconstruction.
While sitting with others of various social identities and cultures, I have learned more of the discrepancy between the professed White fundamental evangelical ideals and the harmful experiences of others. Therefore, I have dedicated my work to explore these discrepancies and bring them to light. It is time for the White fundamental evangelical culture to evaluate how their actions affect others and the reflection of God.