Accepting new clients

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18 years of age and older

Adult Services

Our highly experienced professionals provide psychotherapy and medication management services for adults. We specialize in a range of issues and concerns ranging from depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders to relationships, job stress, family issues, interpersonal challenges, grief and loss, and health concerns

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Douglas D. Sheafer, M.D.

Dr. Sheafor, has practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Topeka for over 50 years. He practices with adults 18 years and older and includes psychotherapy and medication management. The treatment focus will include the total health of the individual moving toward a more fulfilling life.  

Populations Served

Psychopharmacology

Adults (18 years and older)

Education and Background

BA, University of Kansas 

MD, Kansas University Medical School  

Residency: The Menninger School of Psychiatry  

Fellowship: The Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis

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Mary Ann Abbott, PsyD

Mary Ann Abbott, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the mental health field for over 25 years. Areas of interest and expertise include helping survivors of traumatic experiences, and people suffering from mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar illness. Addressing problems of disordered eating patterns is also a special area of interest. She has extensive training and experience in working with anorexia, bulimia, night eating syndrome, and binge eating. She consults with the bariatric surgeons at Tallgrass Surgery Center, providing pre-operative psychological consultations. Relationship issues, life-stage changes and women’s issues are also a focus of psychotherapy. In short, helping people to create a healthy sense of self so they can live an emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually balanced life is her primary purpose.  

Education and Background

Licensed Clinical Psychologist #770 Kansas

Menninger Post Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 1988-1991  

Pacific University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Populations Served

Adults (18 years and older)

Eating Disorders

Bariatric Assessments


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Kenneth J. Hagen LSCSW

Kenneth J. Hagen, LSCSW has been a part of the New Beginnings Health Care team since 2001, offering individual, couples and family therapy. In addition to his work treating anxiety and depression, he has specialized skills in working with chronic pain and stress disorders. He offers biofeedback services with special emphasis on heart rate variability training. In addition, he can teach a range of behavioral skills for coping and effective living.  Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the level of thinking that created them.” This may help explain why so many of us have difficulty resolving traumatic experience. Mr. Hagen has training in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a technique in therapy found helpful in resolving trauma.  Relationships at work or at home can become strained. Conflict resolution and communication skills assist people to address dissent. Sometimes we need a guide, sometimes a teacher. Mr. Hagen is glad to be of service.  

Populations Served

Adults (18 years and older)

Family and Individuals

Education and Background

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker #637 Kansas

BS, Psychology Kansas State University  

The University of Kansas Masters in Clinical Social Work

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Sheri Daudet LSCSW

Sheri Daudet, LSCSW is a clinical social worker and provides psychotherapy services. Prior to joining New Beginnings, she worked as a clinician for the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas, and prior to that she was owner of Creative Self Hypnotherapy. Areas of interests are mood disorders, relationship issues, occupational problems, health and chronic pain, grief and loss, and every day stress. Through therapy clients develop a greater sense of self determination and empowerment to lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Sheri works with adults of any gender and sexual orientation.

Populations Served

Individual and Couples Therapy

Adults (18 years and older)

Education and Background

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker    

The University of Kansas, BA in Social Anthropology and English    

Washburn University Masters in Clinical Social Work

Sheri and Bodhi

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Bodhi is New Beginnings therapy dog. He can often be seen in the waiting room greeting patients. He takes special requests for appearances for clients who would like to spend a little more time with him. Generally, he is always of Sheri's sessions and loves working with her clients also!

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Mari Mahinay APRN-BC

Mari Mahinay, APRN-BC is board Certified by the ANCC in Psychiatric Mental Health. She is a graduate of Wichita State University with a Masters of Science degree in Nursing and a graduate of Antioch University with a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. She has studied Shamanic studies with Sandra Ingerman/Dr. Michael Harner. She has also studied at the Institute of Body Psychotherapy in Switzerland with Dr. Andrea Juhan to practice Movement Therapy, and is a teacher of Open Floor Movement Practice.

Populations Served

Adults (18 years and older)

Education and Background

Masters of Science Degree in Nursing, Wichita State University.  

Masters of Art Degree in Counseling Psychology, Antioch University.

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Elaine Rolfs, APRN-BC

Elaine Rolfs, APRN-BC, specializes in psychopharmacology. Her goal is to empower clients to make healthy values-driven decisions. This involves navigating situations, thoughts, and emotions that may be uncomfortable, with the goal to maximize physical, emotional, psychological, and overall brain health now and in the years to come.

Populations Served

Individuals  (5 years and older)

Child, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

Education and Background

University of Kansas BA in Psychology                 

University of Cincinnati BSN                 

University of Kansas MA in Nursing                 

ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner