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Our Featured Therapist

Kendall Brickman, M.A., LPC

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What would you consider your main specialty?

My specialty is working with children, adolescents and emerging adults who are experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. I utilize a collaborative approach and meet clients where they are, mentally and emotionally, to help them feel comfortable while navigating the difficulties of life. Using evidence based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing while incorporating Positive Psychology, when needed, can help individuals change their way of thinking, reduce symptoms and view life more positively.




Why did you chose that specialty?

Growing up in a household where both parents were healthcare workers I was constantly watching them take care of and improving the lives of others. I knew at a young age that I wanted to have a career that was similar, similar in the fact that I had the privilege to make an impact on individuals lives everyday. On my journey to figure out what this meant I realized that, despite being an introvert, I had the ability to connect with others on a deeper and more personal level. I decided to combine this ability and my lifelong passion for helping and caring for others. This decision has lead me work each day to help inspire and motivate individuals to make positive changes and guide them through the difficulties of daily life, as well as major life changes.




What are some signs/symptoms that would indicate a person should see a counselor?

It is always important to check in with ourselves and identify where we are physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally, especially during these difficult times which we may be currently experiencing. Many of us are going through difficult changes and experiencing loss and grief. While checking in with ourselves it is important to note if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed below. These signs and symptoms could indicate that it may be time to reach out to a trusted professional.


Often feeling overwhelmed, worried, or anxious.


Often unmotivated, sad, or a recent loss of interest in daily activities you once enjoyed


Often feeling frustrated, angry, or irritable


Changes in sleep habits or appetite


Low self-esteem or body image issues


Recently went through a major life change (job loss, move, loss of a loved one, etc.)


Difficulty with relationships and communication


You have experienced trauma in your past (abuse, accidents, natural disasters, etc.)


You have thought of harming yourself

I am not a Christian, so why should I see a Christian counselor?

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”- Romans 15:7

As a Christian I was taught just this. In my work as a therapist I have been able to continue accepting each individual as they are and meeting them where they are mentally and emotionally, as well as religiously or spiritually. My work with each client is guided by their own beliefs and where they ultimately want to be in their life. Faith can be incorporated as much or as little as each individual desires.

What do you like to do in your off time?

In my off time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dogs. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures and ways of living. I enjoy being creative and spend a lot of time crafting, painting and decorating.

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