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Here is a little about me.
Teresa Kennedy, Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Hi there! My name is Teresa Kennedy. I am licensed by the States of Montana and Wyoming as a Clinical Professional Counselor, and also certified as a specialist in Thanatology (Death, Dying and Bereavement). I am a Certified Grief Counselor, GC-C, from The American Institute Healthcare Professionals, American Academy of Grief Counseling.
I offer group sessions periodically and am also available for professional consultation regarding issues of Trauma, Thanatology, or Geriatrics, or issues regarding life changes.
I adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal law that provides privacy protections and patient rights about the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information (PHI) for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations.
I observe the requirements of the Mental Health Professionals Licensing ACT, and National Code of Ethics for Professional Counselors.
MY PHILOSOPHY & PROCESS
My therapeutic approach is client-centered, trauma informed, and holistic.
I am trained in Bereavement Therapy and support. My theoretical orientation is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This means negative patterns of THINKING about yourself and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression), and your individual needs.
I am also an adherent to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is a short-term form of therapy that focuses on adult relationships and attachment/bonding. We will look at patterns in your relationships and take steps to create a more secure bond which will help you develop more trust to move your relationships in a healthier, more positive direction. EFT can also help reduce individual symptoms of trauma or depression.
My primary therapeutic approach is psychotherapy, (TALKING and then processing with you), and finding the best solutions for you.
My services may be provided on-site in office, or my services may be provided via internet telemedicine, or in certain circumstances, the telephone. I use Doxyme, which is a specific telemedicine HIPPA compliant software. You and I will discuss and agree about where we will see one another.
Although a successful outcome to therapy cannot be guaranteed, I will use my best abilities to help you overcome the difficulties that led you to seek professional help.
Therapy is a relationship between people that works in part because of clearly defined rights and responsibilities held by each person.
Psychotherapy has both benefits and risks. Because the process of therapy often requires discussing the unpleasant aspects of your life, risks may include experiencing sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. When that happens, you may be tempted to withdraw from therapy. If this occurs, please discuss it with me.
Psychotherapy has been shown to have benefits for individuals who undertake it. Therapy often leads to a significant reduction in feelings of grief, or distress, and increased satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, greater personal awareness and insight, increased skills for coping and managing stress, and resolutions to specific problems.
Psychotherapy requires a very active effort on your part. The function of therapy is to help you resolve problem areas in your life. It is your responsibility to help me understand your life situation, thoughts, and feelings, and to have the courage to try to master your problem areas.
It is my role to listen, to understand, and to guide and facilitate this process to the fullest of my professional training and experience. The duration of therapy is different for each individual based on his or her personal history, life experiences, personality style and coping skills, and the issue you are seeking assistance with.
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), 2007
Master's of Science
in Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling, 2005
Bachelor's of Science
Certified Licensed Minister from Dubuque Seminary