Our Mental Health Providers

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Dr. Soni chose to devote his professional life to medicine after working for more than a decade as an Environmental Engineer. As a physician, he initially gained experience in various organizations before founding Interpersonal Psychiatry in October of 2013.

Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.

Dr. Soni completed his internship at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri and his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He has also completed Post-Doctoral training at The Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute and the Psychoanalytical Institute of Greater Kansas City. He is licensed to practice Psychiatry in the states of Kansas and Missouri.
Dr. Soni sees patients in the Lawrence, Kansas City and Topeka offices.

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Irfan A. Handoo was born in Columbia, Maryland. He grew up in Leawood, Kansas and graduated from Blue Valley North High School. Dr. Handoo earned his undergraduate degree from UMKC and his Medical Doctorate at the UMKC School of Medicine in 2005. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Handoo completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center at Wichita, where he also completed a fellowship in psychopharmacology. He does have experience in residency as a sub-investigator for clinical research trials. Dr. Handoo is Board Certified in Psychiatry and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Handoo has been published in several journals, including The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. He sees patients for a wide variety of disorders, including but not limited to Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Eating Disorders, and Personality Disorders.

Dr. Handoo has a clinical interest in Treatment-Resistant Depression and does see patients for depression and TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and IV ketamine treatments for treatment-resistant depression.

He sees patients ages 15 and older in the adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations at Interpersonal Psychiatry’s Kansas City, Missouri office. Dr. Handoo is fluent in English, Spanish, and Urdu. He sees patients for both medication management and psychotherapy and is accepting new patients.

Dr. Handoo was recognized as a 2022 Kansas City Top Doctor by Kansas City Magazine.
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Debra Williams is a General Adult and Child Psychiatrist, Addiction and Pain Medicine specialist who received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Science & Molecular Biology. She completed her medical school education at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993. Residency was completed at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in 1998. She enjoys Travel, Movies, Knitting and Crocheting, and enjoying outdoor activities

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Though raised in Kansas, I received my Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia (Go Tigers!).

I have been working in health care for over 15 years including time in intensive care, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. I received my Master’s Degree from Simmons University in Boston, MA and am board certified in both family medicine and addiction medicine with a speciality in psychiatry for all ages.

I am passionate about medication assisted treatment including buprenorphine induction and titration. I have worked as a nurse practitioner in both inpatient and outpatient environments and am committed to providing cutting edge care to a diverse population.

After spending 10 years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and military police officer, Ashley chose to continue her service to others in the field of mental health. She has been a practicing board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for five years but has well over 10 years working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and addiction disorders. Ashley also has a significant history of serving the mental health community within various correctional settings. 

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Drury University, Springfield, MO, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bethel College, North Newton, KS, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY. 

She is graduating with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2022, also from Eastern Kentucky University. Her DNP project is quality improvement focused and titled, “Streamlining the Referral Process for a Mental Health Clinic: A DNP Project.”

Ashley specializes in psychiatric medication management and medication assisted treatment for opiate use disorders. She thoroughly enjoys assisting others by providing personalized care for every client. She believes it is a priority to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and barriers associated with obtaining psychiatric care.

Anissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of working in mental health and healthcare. With a social justice perspective and social work background, she strives to find ways to meet the needs of the community in innovative ways. The main focus of her work at Interpersonal Psychiatry is leading the company in providing exceptional services in mental health care for the communities served. This means collaborating with other providers in the community, listening to each patient’s needs with kindness and compassion, having a workplace that is healthy so staff can provide the most optimal, safe and secure environment possible as well as supportive everyone’s growth and well-being! She believes it is an honor to serve patients, clients and staff to help them achieve a better quality of life for each individual and the world at large.

Anissa also owns another mental health practice, Karuna Center Counseling and she is continuing to grow therapeutic communities in the Midwest and beyond! Although not currently accepting new clients, Anissa is trained in a number of different types of therapy such as Solution-Focused Therapy, EMDR Brainspotting, IFS, Hypnotherapy, and Contemplative Practice Therapy (Mindfulness, Japanese Psychology). Anissa also specializes in supporting individuals and families struggling with benzodiazepine harm, tolerance, taper and healing.
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I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with 14 years experience in the field of mental health. I received my degree from Washburn University, and I am in full-time private practice in Topeka, Kansas. I hold additional training in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness practices.

I work with individuals, couples, teens and families. I have experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management problems, grief and loss, spiritual/religious issues, ADHD, relationship problems, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, substance use problems, suicidal thoughts and self-harm behaviors.

I understand it can be difficult to reach out and ask for help. I work to create the space needed to safely process difficult feelings and experiences, with acceptance and without judgement while empowering people to find emotional balance and peace in their lives.