Eric Gaughan, Ph.D.

Psychologist at Gaughan Psychological Services, LLC
Overland Park Kansas 66211


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Contact Information

  • Practice
  • Gaughan Psychological Services, LLC
  • Position
  • Psychologist
  • Phone Number
  • 913-562-9588
  • Location
  • Gaughan Psychological Services, LLC
    4400 College Boulevard, Suite 190
    Overland Park, KS 66211
    United States

Practice Details

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  • Office Visit, adults
  • Message from Therapist

  • Welcome to my practice and thank you for considering my services. I am a Catholic psychologist with experience and expertise treating a wide range of issues and difficulties, including depression, anxiety/stress, anger, relationship problems, addiction, poor self-image, and adjustment issues related to medical conditions. I work with adults age 18 and over using empirically supported cognitive-behavioral interventions integrated within the framework of Catholic beliefs and principles.

    My mission is to help you achieve wellness, which can only be fully understood within the context of the Catholic faith. As a psychologist with doctoral training, I have worked with a variety of mental health professionals in myriad settings. I am also keenly interested in and closely follow psychological theory and research trends, particularly those related to the definition and treatment of various psychological issues. Consistent with research revealing a near absence of spiritual beliefs and practices among a large portion of mental health professionals, it has unfortunately been my experience that many therapists operate from a secular worldview that emphasizes relativistic attitudes incongruent with authentic Christian living and, consequently, are more apt to offer treatment recommendations and interventions that are misguided from the perspective of Catholic teaching. I have found this arrangement to often be unhelpful and, at times, detrimental to achieving full wellness. As such, I consider it a privilege to operate an independent practice in which I can serve my Catholic clients by integrating empirically supported psychotherapeutic techniques with the guidance of scripture and the Church to provide care aimed at true wellness.

    Of course, my approach to psychotherapy does not mean that you must be a practicing Catholic to benefit from my services. For those of other to no faith traditions, I am able to provide the same empirically validated psychological interventions to help you move toward healing by changing negative thought and behavior patterns, improving emotional health and relationships, and solving current problems.  

    I encourage you to visit my practice website ( to learn more about my services, and I invite you to get started with our work together with an initial phone consultation at no charge (913-562-9588). During this consultation, we will discuss the issues you are seeking help with and questions you may have about my practice. I look forward to helping you more effectively pursue the life you desire.


    Dr. Gaughan

  • Other Office Info

  • City
  • Kansas City
  • State
  • MO
  • Zip
  • 64145
  • Practice Info

  • Bio:
  • Dr. Gaughan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. He completed his predoctoral internship in clinical and forensic psychology at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, and his postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Center for Behavioral Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. He then served as a staff psychologist at Truman Medical Centers, where he provided psychotherapy and behavioral health consultation and conducted a variety of psychological assessments within various medical clinics and programs. In addition, he served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he trained and supervised psychiatry residents and predoctoral psychology interns in cognitive-behavioral therapy.

    Dr. Gaughan founded his private practice, Gaughan Psychological Services, LLC, in 2013. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rockhurst University since 2012. He has co-authored publications in various professional research journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality, Journal of Personality Disorders, and Assessment. He has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for multiple professional journals and presented at several national conferences, including those of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy.

    Dr. Gaughan and his wife and three children are parishioners of St. Thomas More parish in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Accepted Forms of Payments
  • Cash, check, credit/debit card, and HSA/FSA card
  • Credentials, Training, Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - University of Georgia
    M.S. in Clinical Psychology - University of Georgia
    B.A in Psychology - University of Missouri
  • What licenses do you currently hold?:
  • Psychologist (States of Missouri and Kansas)
  • Are you in private practice?:
  • Yes
  • Are you available to provide supervision services?:
  • No
  • Do you participate in any insurance plans?:
  • No
  • If yes, please list:
  • Although I do not accept insurance as a form of payment and am not an in-network participating provider for any insurance plans, my services may be covered as out-of-network for managed care plans. I can supply you with a billing statement that you can use to apply for reimbursement through your insurance carrier. Please note, however, that reimbursement from your insurer is not guaranteed, and Medicare-eligible patients may not seek reimbursement from Medicare or their supplemental coverage for services provided by me.

    If you are interested in seeking reimbursement from your insurance carrier, I recommend you contact your insurer about your coverage prior to your first appointment. Please do not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions about this process.
  • Telephone/Video counseling:
  • In certain circumstances
  • Please list all languages that you speak:
  • English
  • I treat the following:
  • Individuals, Chemically Dependent/Mentally Ill, Addictions, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic Disorders
  • Other Specialties:
  • Anger, Adjustment difficulties related to medical issues
  • I use the following methods:
  • Prayer, Behavior Techniques, Cognitive Techniques, R.E.B. (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Catholic Commitment Of Therapist


    Artificial Contraception:

    "For just reasons spouses may wish to space the birth of their children."… "Periodic continence that is the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality."… " 'every action which whether in anticipation of the conjugal act or in its accomplishment or in the development of its natural consequences proposes whether as an end or as a means to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil'." (Catechism 2368 2370) Please indicate if you agree or disagree.

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Agree
  • Living Together/Cohabitation:

    In a so-called free union a man and a woman refuse to give juridical and public form to a liaison involving sexual intimacy. The expression "free union" is fallacious: what can "union" mean when the partners make no commitment to one another each exhibiting a lack of trust in the other in himself or in the future? The expression covers a number of different situations: concubinage rejection of marriage as such or inability to make long-term commitments. All these situations offend against the dignity of marriage; they destroy the very idea of the family; they weaken the sense of fidelity. They are contrary to the moral law. The sexual act must take place exclusively within marriage. Outside of marriage it always constitutes a grave sin and excludes one from sacramental communion. Some today claim a "right to trial marriage" where there is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be "the fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman nor especially can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim." Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and a woman has been established. Human love does not tolerate "trial marriages." It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another." (Catechism 2390 2391)

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Agree
  • Infertility:

    "Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum surrogate uterus) are gravely immoral. … Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible yet remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an act by which two persons give themselves to one another but one that 'entrust the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and destiny of the human person. Such a relationship of domination is in itself contrary to the dignity and equality that must be common to parents and children'. … Only respect for the link between the meanings of the conjugal act and respect for the unity of the human being make possible procreation in conformity with the dignity of the person." (Catechism 2376 2377)

  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • Agree
  • Abortion:

    "From its conception the child has the right to life. Direct abortion that is abortion willed as an end or as a means is a "criminal" practice gravely contrary to the moral law. … Because it should be treated as a person from conception the embryo must be defended in its integrity cared for and healed like every other human being. (Catechism 2322 2324)

  • Do you agree or disagree?:
  • Agree
  • Divorce and Marriage:

    The church recognizes a validly contracted sacramental marriage as indissoluble. In therapeutic practice we are to presume the validity of a sacramental marriage "unless after examination of the situation by the competent ecclesiastical tribunal [the marriage is declared null i.e. that the marriage never existed in which case ] the contracting parties are free to [re]marry provided the natural obligations of a previous union are discharged." (Catechism 1629) "The separation of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be legitimate in certain cases provided for by canon law." (Catechism 1649) "The remarriage of persons divorced from a living lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion." (Catechism 1665)

  • Do you agree or disagree? :
  • Agree
  • Euthanasia:

    "Intentional euthanasia whatever its forms or motives is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God his Creator." (Catechism 2324)

  • Do you agree or disagree? :
  • Agree
  • Homosexuality:

    "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarily. Under no circumstances can they be approved. The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom at times by the support of disinterested friendship by prayer and sacramental grace they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection." (Catechism 2357 2358 2359)

  • Do you agree or disagree?:
  • Agree
  • New Age Practice and Spirituality:

    New Age involves a fundamental belief in the perfectibility of the human person by means of a wide variety of techniques and therapies (as opposed to the Christian view of cooperation with divine grace). (

    It is difficult to separate the individual elements of New Age religiosity – innocent though they may appear – from the overarching framework which permeates the whole thought-world on the New Age movement. The gnostic nature of this movement calls us to judge it in its entirety. From the point of view of Christian faith it is not possible to isolate some elements of New Age religiosity as acceptable to Christians while rejecting others.

    The New Age concept of God is rather diffuse whereas the Christian concept is a very clear one. The New Age god is an impersonal energy really a particular extension or component of the cosmos; god in this sense is the life force or soul of the world. … Even when “God” is something outside myself it is there to be manipulated.

    This is very different from the Christian understanding of God as the maker of heaven and earth and the source of all personal life… God is not identified with the Life-principle understood as the “Spirit” or “basic energy” of the cosmos but is that love which is absolutely different from the world and yet creatively present in everything and leading human beings to salvation. (Excerpted from “Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian reflection on the “New Age”. (Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue)).

    Common New Age practices include the use of enneagrams labyrinths reiki healing yoga transcendental meditation healing by crystals psychic healing reflexolgoy tarot cards palm reading recourse to mediums and psychics fortune telling and contacting the dead. There are many other practices and techniques that go by various names that are variations of these basic practices and are similarly at odds with Christian faith and are therefore to be rejected.

  • Do you agree or disagree?:
  • Agree
  • How often do you attend Mass?
  • Daily
  • Are You A Practicing Catholic?
  • Yes

More About Eric Gaughan, Ph.D.

As noted above, I treat a variety of psychological difficulties and behavioral problems. With my experiences working in a multitude of settings, including traditional outpatient clinics, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a major medical center, federal and state prisons, and county jails, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve a diversity of individuals with a range of psychological issues. I look forward to using my training and expertise to help you more effectively cope with those issues that are interfering with you living your life to the fullest.

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