Taryn Acosta Lentz, Ph.D., L.P.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Taryn Acosta Lentz, Ph.D., reconciled several years devoted to her own artistic practice, a passion for diversity and social justice, and a life-long interest in observing human behavior by earning her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, an APA-accredited doctoral training program. She attended an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Florida International University's Counseling and Psychological Services.
Dr. Acosta Lentz initially joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center as the Psychologist - Multicultural Specialist at Counseling and Educational Support Services. She is now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she provides individual and couples therapy services to Women's Health patients in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A licensed psychologist in the state of Kansas, she is currently working towards certification as a sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
In the first meeting, a patient's journey toward fulfillment begins with envisioning their best hopes for therapy to provide a road map of what steps need to be taken to realize their desired future. Dr. Acosta Lentz helps patients construct highly individualized and uniquely effective solutions to their problems by amplifying their inherit strengths and positive resources. She utilizes a direct, yet empathic style, approaching each patient with authenticity, curiosity and compassion. Dr. Acosta Lentz incorporates mindfulness practice and clinical hypnosis, interventions that lend well to the treatment of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain, as well as lay the groundwork for trauma healing.
Dr. Acosta Lentz is deeply committed to helping patients heal and thrive as they cope with reproductive challenges such as infertility, high risk pregnancy, postpartum depression/anxiety, pregnancy loss, sexual concerns and menopause. Her involvement in three qualitative studies on the career and life experiences of transgender individuals has deeply informed her clinical work. She is passionate about providing mental health services to transgender patients and offers a safe therapeutic environment where they feel affirmed, respected and appreciated for their courage and resolve.
Dr. Acosta Lentz provides interactive workshops and consultative services to students, residents, fellows, faculty and the greater Kansas City community on a variety of psychoeducational topics, including burnout prevention, peak performance, affirmative care of LGBTQ+ patients, cultural humility in the provider-patient relationship, mindfulness and clinical hypnosis.
In her free time, Dr. Acosta Lentz enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and beautiful daughter, Olivia. She loves to cook, exercise, watch "feel-good" movies and engage in creative projects.
For more information, visit Dr. Acosta Lentz's University of Kansas Health System profile.