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, depression, obsessive thinking, and victims of childhood sexual/emotional abuse as well as rape and other violent assaults. Kendhal has substantial experience treating former military members and first responders and really enjoys her work with this group. She has a very direct and attachment-focused approach and bonds deeply with her clients which she believes makes treatment a joint venture between her and the client. Kendhal is a Prepare and Enrich facilitator, is trained in the Gottman Method utilized to treat couples, and is a Grief Recovery Specialist by the Grief Recovery Institute. 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.
Private Practice Consulting:
Kendhal provides consultation to therapists new to private practice through her consulting group on the topics of client retention, marketing and advertising, budgeting for private practice, financial management, and insurance credentialing.
Kendhal is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor offering supervision to newly licensed counseling interns. If you are interested in supervision, please complete our contact form.