Kerri Kennedy-Reiter is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Masters Degree in Counselor Education from the University of North Texas.
KERRI KENNEDY-REITER, LPC
Hi, I’m Kerri.
I began my work as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1997. Over the past 20+ years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with children, teens, adults, and families in order to help them navigate through difficult times and circumstances in their lives. I obtained my Masters Degree in Counselor Education from the University of North Texas. I have been married since 1994 and have been blessed with two daughters who are in their teens.
Through the therapy process, I prefer to use a variety of evidence-based therapy treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and play therapy with young children. I also have experience working with the foster care system and helping children adjust to foster care or adoption.
I specialize in helping children and teens work through difficulties that hinder them from living a healthy, stable, and well-adjusted life. As parents, we long for our children to encounter their world with confidence and an ease so that they can grow, thrive, and become their healthiest adult versions. There is a surmounting pressure in our society that is taking a great toll on our kids and teens. Some of my specializations include: school related problems such as learning or behavior challenges, peer and social difficulties, bullying, stress management, anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, Aspergers, self-harm, trauma, grief/loss, divorce and blended family issues.
I also am able to provide evaluations and screenings for ADHD, learning differences, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, and other mood disorders in youth. In working with kids and teens, I find it especially important to take a collaborative approach in working with the parents, family, pediatrician, school counselors and teachers to create an environment that expedites the treatment plan to educate and equip your child or teen to communicate their thoughts, feelings and emotions in helpful ways giving them a valuable opportunity to better process and adjust to the world around them.
I also particularly enjoy working with young adults (ages 18-25) who are going through difficult life transitions or seem to be “stuck” or unsure of their life path or relationship patterns such as moving out on their own, choosing/starting a career, continuing college, moving back in with their parents, difficulty finding community and connection, lack of meaningful relationships, or finding purpose / meaning. Anxiety and depression are prevalent problems in young adults. I enjoy helping young adults overcome and learn how to control and manage the overwhelming thoughts and feelings that come with this stage of life.
My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback in a safe, nonjudgmental environment to help you effectively address life challenges and reach your personal goals. I believe in encompassing the whole person by incorporating emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental needs.
I believe each person brings their own unique set of values, beliefs, strengths, struggles, and emotions to the therapy process. Once you are able to gain insight, you are better able to use your strength, skills, and resources to address your issues. Empowering you with the skills and knowledge you need to enjoy your relationships and lead a more fulfilling life is my goal hope as your therapist.