Kendra Kirsonis, MA, LMFTA, LMHCA

Greenlake Wellness Group Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Kendra Kirsonis, LMHCA

My Self

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (LMFTA) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA). All this alphabet soup means I am a therapist. I value warmth, humor, and authenticity. I help my clients grow by developing a relationship in which repair, exploration, and self-expansion can occur. In addition to being a therapist, I’m a dog person, a ping-pong enthusiast, and a fan of non-pretentious poetry. 

My Belief

I believe that the ability to live well is rooted in relationships— both to ourselves and to others. Our life experiences can impact our sense of self and our ability to connect, often in ways to which we are unaware. As a result, we may find ourselves feeling frustrated, disconnected, lonely, or anxious, without fully understanding why. This experience of “stuckness” looks different for everyone. You might be seeking therapy because you feel unsatisfied in your relationships, exhausted from depending only on yourself, or confused about why you don’t feel content, despite the impression that “things are going well.”  As your therapist, my job is to help you figure out what you need—and how to get it—so you can build a life of greater ease, connection, and joy. 

My Work

I am an integrative therapist; I customize treatment according to each of my client’s unique strengths, experiences, and backgrounds. The foundation of my work is psychodynamic, which means we’ll explore your past, your relationships, and your patterns of behavior together, gaining insight into how we can help you move forward. I also incorporate existential, somatic, and trauma-informed perspectives to ensure that our work together is holisticand because I believe that you know what you need, I will regularly invite your feedback to make sure we’re on the right path.


My goal is to create lasting change. As with most good things, this requires time and effort. To grow, we need to develop curiosity about ourselves, sit with our uncertainty, deepen our self-awareness, and practice new ways of being. Thus, I value the depth of our work together over speed. This doesn’t mean therapy is a lifetime commitment, though it’s important to understand that change takes time, patience, and a sincere willingness to invest in yourself and your future. I’ll meet you wherever you are in this process and we’ll work together to get you where you want to go.

My Background

I graduated from Duke University with a BA in International Comparative Studies with a focus on Global Health, and I received my MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. My clinical training was rooted in psychodynamic, family systems, somatic, cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. I sincerely enjoy my work and continued learning, as I actively deepen my education through seminars, trainings, supervision, and peer consultation.


I’m especially interested in attachment, neuroscience, and the impact of trauma on the body. Before joining Greenlake Wellness Group, I primarily worked with adolescents and young adults from diverse backgrounds, in both school and community clinic settings, where we addressed issues like anxiety, anger, depression, grief, relationship dissatisfaction, and life transitions. I am passionate about helping young adults create meaningful change in their lives and I’m excited to continue this work alongside my colleagues at Greenlake Wellness Group.

My Contact

kendra@greenlakewellness.com

206-707-2632


For more information, visit my private practice site:

https://www.kendrakirsonis.com/