Twila L. Preston, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. She grew up on a farm in rural South Dakota, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Northern State University (South Dakota), a Master’s degree in Human Communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master’s Degree and PhD in clinical Psychology for the University of Kansas.
Most of Dr. Twila’s early career was in private practice located in South Sioux City, Nebraska where she served people across the age spectrum (age 4 through 92), from varying cultural groups (Hispanic, African American, Native American, Laotian, Somalian, and Caucasian), and in different settings (private practice, health clinics on the Omaha and Winnebago Reservations, college counseling center, community hospital, and county jails/detention facilities). She has conducted many types of psychological evaluations, provided individual and family therapy, intensive outpatient drug/alcohol treatment, and consulted with organizations including Social Security Disability, Vocational Rehabilitation, Midland’s Surgical Clinic (Dakota Dunes, SD), Wayne State College (Nebraska), and the Federal Public Defender’s office in Omaha, NE.
Since moving to the Kansas City area in 2015, Dr. Twila has honed her skills in working with the elderly and individuals who are experiencing mental health issues including depression, anxiety, dementia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. She enjoys helping people cope with the aging process and end of life issues. Dr. Twila is a strong supporter for the LGBTQ and alternative communities. In therapy she works best with folks ages 11 and above. Dr. Twila enjoys conducting psychological evaluations which she believes are best done to aid in diagnosis and identify client strengths.
Dr. Twila’s theoretical base is eclectic. She uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Object Relations, Mindfulness, and Humanism. While the aforementioned orientations and techniques guide her work, she believes at her core that it is the relationship that heals. When one listens carefully, the patient reveals what the problem is, demonstrates his or her strengths, and thus provides the basis from which to go forward.