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Education & Experience2020-01-01T17:02:37-08:00

Education, Training & Experience

BRIAN C. KENNEDY M.A., LMFT

1800 Cooper Pt. Rd. SW #18B
Olympia, WA 98502
(360) 352-1668 office
(360) 705-1350 fax

I have a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from Eastern Washington University. I have a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University.

I have worked in the mental health profession for 25 years in a variety of settings as a counselor or psychotherapist. These settings include, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health Services in Puyallup, Comprehensive Mental Health in Tacoma, Evergreen State College Student Health Services Counseling Office, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Family Reconciliation Services Program as a contract family therapist, Community Youth Services and in the private practice sector for 25 years. For several years of my life I was an Outward Bound instructor leading mountaineering expeditions and guiding groups of adults and youth through life-changing/transformational experiences in remote mountain and wilderness areas around the United States.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # LF00000884. I am a Clinical Member of the American Association For Marriage and Family Therapy and of the Washington Association For Marriage and Family Therapy. I am the former Chair of the Washington State Department of Health, Mental Health Advisory Commission for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Marriage and Family. I have post-graduate clinical training in the Internal Family Systems Therapy model and train other psychotherapists in this modality through consultation and trainings. I am the former Northwest Program Administrator for the Center For Self Leadership IFS Basic Training Program and a lead trainer. I have advanced clinical training in PACT, the Psycho-biological Approach to Couples Therapy. PACT, an approach to couples therapy, is a therapeutic method that is an integration of the “hard science” of Neurology and the “soft science” of Psychology, integrating Developmental Neuroscience, Affect Regulation science and Attachment Theory.

I have had limited direct consultation and/or ongoing mentoring from the following practitioners; Doug Anderson Ph.D., Richard Schwartz Ph.D., John Welwood Ph.D., Irving Yalom MD., Sam Keen Ph.D., David Calof, DAPA. I have authored and co-authored two professional clinical articles and have presented at association-al, regional and national conferences.

My practice includes individual, couples and family therapy. I work with families and couples who are experiencing relationship distress or emotional/sexual intimacy problems, and individual adults who are experiencing mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual problems which may include depression, anxiety, stress, confusion, sadness, grief, fear and trauma.