Richard Odiam, MSW, LCSW

Richard Odiam, LCSW, LSCSW, Director of Clinical Services

Richard began his clinical practice in 1993 and has worked with a variety of clients in different settings.  Long inspired by Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, Nelson Mandela, and others who find meaning, purpose, and vitality in the midst of pain and suffering, Richard recently began incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into his counseling work.

The aim of ACT is to help create a rich, full, and meaningful life while accepting the pain that life inevitably brings. “I find ACT compelling as it comes from a point-of-view consistent with those who inspire me. It has also been personally liberating in my own journey of letting go of my struggle with ruminative thoughts and painful feelings and more fully engaging in what’s important to me.  I regard my client as a fellow traveller: someone who, like me, gets caught up in painful thoughts and feelings and ends up struggling with life.”

Richard joined JFS in 2009 as Director of Clinical Services and is delighted for the opportunity to serve in such a dynamic and committed organization. In addition to outpatient psychotherapy, Richard oversees the agency’s counseling and case management services.  Richard is a licensed clinical social worker, earning his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas.  Along with his work at JFS, Richard teaches graduate students in the UMKC School of Social Work and serves on the board of NAMI-KC.  He can often be seen on his bicycle, uphill or down, enjoying the ride.