Kendhal grew up in a small Texas town and attended college at The University of Texas at Tyler and then Stephen F. Austin State University in East Texas before relocating to Dallas. She obtained a Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) completing her dissertation on the relationship between early childhood attachment trauma, emotion regulation, and Bipolar Disorder.
Kendhal has been in practice since 2008, previously working at Dallas Metrocare Services providing counseling to people with severe and persistent mental illness. She has also worked with a psychiatric hospital providing crisis services to those struggling with thoughts of suicide or recent suicide attempts. Her work experience includes managing an Intensive Outpatient Dual Diagnosis Program for those with mental illness and addiction. She previously established and managed a Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program working with clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder and mood dysregulation.
Kendhal is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which has lead her to specialize in the treatment of complex trauma and anxiety related disorders including PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Panic Disorder. She has extensive experience working with all forms of addiction, including sex addiction. She also has a great deal of experience treating chronic and treatment-resistant depression, obsessive thinking, and victims of childhood sexual/emotional abuse as well as rape and other violent assaults.
Kendhal has a wealth of experience treating former military members and first responders (including EMS, 911 operators, police, SWAT, undercover officers, ATF, and psychotherapists to name a few) and really enjoys her work with this group. She considers this to be one of her top specialties and believes this is the way she has been able to serve her country. Kendhal has a very direct, attachment-focused approach and bonds deeply with her clients which she believes makes treatment a joint venture between her and the client. Kendhal’s spouse is a former Marine of nearly 15 years who served 3 years as a Drill Instructor on Parris Island, SC. He is now a retired disabled veteran and in addition to her professional work with this population, she has personally coped with his ongoing readjustment to civilian life.
While Kendhal does not typically work with couples unless it is the partner of an individual client, she is a Prepare and Enrich facilitator, and is trained in the Gottman Method utilized to treat couples. She is a Grief Recovery Specialist by the Grief Recovery Institute and is currently working toward a certification in Play Therapy which helps her work with adults regarding their childhood trauma. Kendhal is comfortable treating almost any issue in adults.
Kendhal is a member of the American Psychological Association, Texas Counseling Association, and EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, an EMDR Approved Consultant, and EMDR trainer providing consultation and ongoing education to therapists.
Kendhal is The EMDR International Association’s Regional Chair for the Dallas area. She co-authored an EMDR training manual with Kristie Boggs, LPC and is now one of only 60 approved EMDR training providers in the United States.
Kendhal is the owner and Executive Director of DCTC and plays an active and direct role in overseeing operations. Click here to read an article about Kendhal’s journey becoming a therapist and creating Dallas Counseling and Treatment Center.
Kendhal is also a proud member of several professional counseling organizations including Dallas Metro Counseling Association (DCMA), Texas Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (TALGTBIC), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Texas Counseling Association (TCA).
Kendhal is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor offering supervision to newly licensed counseling interns. If you are interested in supervision, please visit our Careers page.