My name is Kendra, and I have a very informal approach to therapy. I enjoy laughing and commiserating with my clients and believe that they are best supported by a nonjudgmental therapist who truly cares about their well-being. I work from a strengths-based approach, and as a university professor, I love to connect science and research to help understand everyday issues. I hope to cultivate a space in which people can be their authentic selves and feel safe and supported as they do so.
I use Emotion-Focused Experiential, Brainspotting, and Cognitive Behavioral therapies primarily to help reduce the intensity of difficult experiences overall, increase support and relational satisfaction as well as hopefully speed up the healing process while also applying practical steps in which to measure progress.
I enjoy working with adults on issues of emerging adulthood and career exploration, differentiation, and empowerment, as well as the navigation of romantic relationships. I also enjoy my work with new therapists and graduate students or associates pursuing careers as a therapist. Due to my own struggle and remission with Chronic Pain and Acquired Disability, I find it rewarding to work with other individuals with these struggles as well. I also have quite a bit of experience helping individuals with panic attacks learn to manage and reduce their frequency, in particular as it relates to car accidents and driving.
My communication style
Straightforward but kind and warm, I'm laid back and have a sense of humor about the difficulties in life.
My journey to therapy
I have suffered a lot of personal hardship, which has led to my non-judgmental stance. I've also been lucky enough to have people who have invested in me to help me grow and overcome these obstacles, and I enjoy getting a chance to pay it forward.
My goals for you
My successful clients often leave with a better sense of self and feel more empowered to set boundaries and meet their personal needs. They also seem to have more hope for the future and an idea of what got in their way previously.
My first session with you
A time to get to know me, and see if our personalities get along well. You can ask questions about me and my training and approach, And if you're open, I will ask questions about your current experience and your background overall. I like to leave the first session with a hypothesis of how I would like to approach my work with you and see how you feel about the plan. Hopefully, you also leave with a sense of hope that we may not always be able to change the specifics of our circumstances but we can find a way through.