Van Kennedy, MA

LPC

Van Kennedy Marriage Counseling Eugene Oregon Couples Counseling Eugene CPTSD Therapy


About Me

I got my start in the field of psychology working with at-risk youth in group homes and residential treatment centers. It was challenging work, but the kids always made sense in the context of the various traumas they had lived through. I’ve found that the same is true in my own life and in the stories my clients share: there is always a reason for the things we do, even if we aren’t aware of it. In our work, I have a similar mindset of seeking to get to the root of why things are happening the way that they are. Understanding opens the possibility of doing things differently. I provide individual and couples counseling Eugene Oregon.


Counseling Approach

I believe in the inherent ability of all people to manage their own lives and that people can and will access personal resources to solve problems and improve their daily functioning. I strive to help without enabling by offering information and encouragement, teaching tools for self-regulation and personal development, inviting change in perspectives, thinking patterns, communication skills and behavior, and also by helping clients recognize and process emotional blocks and injuries stored in the brain-body system. I see therapy as a practice of assisted self-discovery. I help my clients connect what has happened to them in the past with the impact it is having on their lives now. Rather than imposing techniques and behaviors to make symptoms go away (corrective change), my focus is on helping clients increase awareness of what purpose of symptoms like anxiety, depression, and self-criticism and resolving the underlying pain that drives them (transformational change).

   Modalities

My approach is holistic, eclectic and person-centered. I draw from somatic, humanistic, and existential theories depending on your needs and preferences. The individual counseling I do is heavily influenced by my training in:

Areas of Focus

While I work with a wide range of people and presenting problems, some of my most common topics of focus include:

  • ADHD
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Injuries
  • Codependency
  • Complex Trauma (CPTSD)
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples & Relationships
  • Depression
  • First Responders/Search & Rescue
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Men’s Issues
  • Military & Veterans
  • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors (OCD)
  • <span “>Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Religious Trauma/Cult Exit Counseling
  • Self-Criticism
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety

Couples Counseling

When I’m meeting with couples, the focus is on improving the relationship with communication, mutual understanding, and empathy for what each person is dealing with. My emphasis is on making each person feel seen and valued.

Couples Modalities

For couples counseling it is often necessary to explore and resolve boundary, hierarchy and communication problems which can be challenging at times. To facilitate this process, I incorporate techniques from the following:

  • Choice Theory/Reality Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
  • Relational Life Therapy (RLT)
Education

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Adams State University

BS in Political Science | University of Oregon

License

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #C7713) | Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists

Certified Trauma Professional (CTP #28543142) | Evergreen Certifications

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