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

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.

Anissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of practicing with patients of all ages. She is a previous owner of a halfway addiction house, has managed medical practices, supervised in various non-profits and has worked with foster care, ran a private practice in South Florida, as well as worked with a diverse clientele.

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 patients 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 everyones 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 is trained in a number of different types of therapy such as Solution-Focused Therapy, EMDR/Brainspotting, Hypnotherapy, and Contemplative Practice Therapy (Mindfulness, Japanese Psychology). Anissa also specializes in supporting individuals and families struggling with benzodiaziline harm, tolerence, taper and healing.

Anissa sees clients in our Lawrence office in a very limited capacity providing individual and group therapy services. Primary focus is leadership in the practice and making way for healthier individual, community and world.

Tara is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor with the State of Kansas. Tara is also licensed in the State of Missouri as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kansas State University. During this time, Tara specialized and participated in behavioral neuroscience research, examining the effects of amphetamine in the brain’s reward pathway as well as the effects of enrichment during childhood and adulthood in regard to addiction. Tara went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washburn University and worked in community mental health, specializing in personality disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and crisis intervention.

Tara also has experience in the corrections setting, working with adult and juvenile sex offenders. Tara also has extensive experience in the residential substance abuse treatment setting, specializing in dual diagnosis disorders. She has experience in independent private practice and has worked with adults, adolescents, couples, and clients with severe and persistent mental illness.

Tara utilizes a therapeutic approach that best fits the client and is an experienced practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Family-Systems Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. Tara also specializes in working with trauma related mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders through the use of Brainspotting.

Tara is also a trained Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist (KAP) that provides this service as well as Ketamine Integration Therapy. Tara enjoys working alongside the Ketamine treatment team to help clients who want this specialized modality. Tara has a special interest working with integrative & alternative forms of therapy, including harm reduction. Tara has extensive experience volunteering for harm reduction organizations at festivals since 2017, providing services to educate others about harm reduction and to help those struggling with psychedelic experiences and integration. Tara received her certificate in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy from the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute in 2021.

I am a clinical psychologist, licensed in Kansas, with over 35 years of experience in a variety of settings and with a wide range of issues. Most of my work has been in providing individual psychotherapy and psychological testing, mostly with adults and adolescents. An area of special interest is psychotherapy for more severe mental health issues, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I also have substantial experience in the treatment of substance use disorders. Following graduate school in clinical psychology (M.S. from Emporia State University and Psy.D. from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology) and internship at Central State Hospital in Oklahoma, I had several years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy from the Oklahoma Society of Psychoanalytic Studies/Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute, and the International Psychotherapy Institute. In addition to my clinical experience, I have taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and have supervised graduate students and interns in clinical and counseling psychology, as well as candidates for professional licensure.

My basic approach to therapy is psychodynamic as I believe that all problems and symptoms have meaning and adaptive function. However, I also make use of cognitive & behavioral approaches when appropriate. I also see all people, regardless of diagnosis, as having the same basic needs and struggles. Most of our problems are the result of attempts at security and happiness gone wrong. Humans have an inherent tendency toward health and stability, and much of therapy consists of understanding and decreasing internal and external impediments to that tendency.