Are you feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious? Experiencing challenges with functioning at home, work, in your personal life, or finding it difficult to complete tasks or activities of daily living? Seeking the help of a professional means that somewhere within, you believe that change is possible. I will help you explore and utilize your strengths, and will strive to provide you with fundamental tools and skills to help you address the barriers that are getting in the way of growth and change. I conceptualize each client through a trauma-focused and culturally aware lens and use an active and nonjudgmental approach to counseling. I am committed to meeting you where you are, and helping you work toward your goals.
You are the expert on you.
A little bit about me…I'm Kendra, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Arts in Counseling with an advanced specialty in addictions from Waynesburg University. Additionally, I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I have also completed Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy training at the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and am currently working toward certification.
My experience in mental health and substance use counseling spans across different levels of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient settings. This broad range of experience has helped me to learn and utilize a diverse range of integrated, evidence-based modalities to fit the needs of each client.
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be effective with helping individuals better understand the power of automatic thoughts, as well as gain insight into the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT can also be helpful with improving self-confidence, problem solving, and learning to make decisions more effectively.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can provide individuals with concrete tools to help improve interpersonal effectiveness, develop tolerance for distress, and learn how to identify and regulate emotions more effectively. DBT can also be helpful with increasing mindfulness in the present moment, and to understand what is within an individual’s power to change.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that can help people work toward healing the emotional and physiological distress that is often associated with traumatic life experiences.
I provide therapy to individuals ages 18 and up.
"Where there is willingness, there is a way." - Dr. Lane Pederson
Kendra Martinson, MA, LPC, CAADC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor