About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and I hold Masters Degrees in Clinical Counseling (MS) and a Masters in Clinical Social Work (MSW). I have Doctorate work in Disability and Equity in Education. I have worked as an Adjunct Professor teaching Graduate students for the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and I have supervised interns/externs. I have been a supervisor for investigations for the Illinois Department of Children and Family services for 10 years and worked also with the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Education, as well as teaching self defense. I was the Chief Clinician at Maryville Academy in 2012-2016 St. Vincent program. In 2014 I was ranked 9th in the United States in Shuri Ryu Karate. I have been certified with AFAA, I was a Diplomat with the National Institute of Sports Division of Counseling. I would describe my therapeutic approach as open, using humor, as I recognize therapy sessions should not solely focus on negative feelings. My clinical orientation is eclectic and I can fluidly merge multiple approaches such as behavioral, cognitive, relational, psychodynamic and Maslow theory. I specialize in treatment of trauma, and working with children, adolescents, alternative lifestyles, LGBTQ, and have Jungian dream analysis training. I prefer open ended and free flowing approaches that will include multiple modalities in sessions such as movement, games and artistic expressions. Besides fitness and karate as hobbies, I also enjoy creating art.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Parenting issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCPC #180.006365 (Expires: 2021-03-31)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Feb 22, 2021 after counseling with Kennedy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

I started the conversation telling Kennedy that I was skeptical about counseling and I liked how he was open minded and just chatted with me via messages first and made sure I knew the door was open for a video session. He was also quick on messages and was online for me during a day where I needed someone the most. I liked that he was straight forward, it showed to me that he actually cared. He is very friendly, easy to talk, and has unique 'homework' (we got into using art as a way to reduce the stress of my issues). I definitely recommend Kennedy.

Written by J.E. on Feb 18, 2021 after counseling with Kennedy for 3 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

Kennedy is a great listener and really understands what I am looking to accomplish. I am so happy that I have found Kenedy, and feel that he is helping me tremendously!

Written by R.I. on Feb 09, 2021 after counseling with Kennedy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders

Kennedy has provided me with a good opportunity to discuss, and think about my problems. Life is ever changing and ones responses to events are not always ideal, my sessions are helping me to understand my own challenges and how to manage them.

Written by A.L. on Feb 08, 2021 after counseling with Kennedy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kennedy has been extremely helpful and a valuable confidant.

Written by I.R. on Feb 05, 2021 after counseling with Kennedy for 2 weeks

In a very short time, Ken has had a meaningful impact on my 17 year old son's wellbeing and on our relationship. My son has someone he can trust and relate to, to speak too and him and I have been talking a lot more too.

Written by K.E. on Dec 27, 2020 after counseling with Kennedy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Kennedy is really good at listening to what your personal mental health goals are, and finding ways to achieve them. He will also suggest exercises and reading materials that are appropriate to your personal approach. He asks direct questions that really help you look at yourself.

Written by C.A. on Dec 16, 2020 after counseling with Kennedy for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Absolutely incredible and insightful. Asks great questions and really makes you think.

Written by S.H. on Dec 10, 2020 after counseling with Kennedy for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, lgbt, and relationship issues

Although my time with Kennedy was short it was extremely productive, I found him easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable in opening up.
Highly recommend

Written by J.U. on Dec 09, 2020 after counseling with Kennedy for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management

Kennedy is a great therapist for me. He uses an easy and comforting tone, uses reasoning to make me draw my own conclusion and see things differently, and he is very honest while still being kind. He's a great therapist for anyone who likes to mull things over!

Written by P.A. on Nov 21, 2020 after counseling with Kennedy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I've only had one session so far but he seems upbeat and open-minded, easy to talk to.