Kendra Wood, Child and Family Therapist

Kendra Wood, MS, MFTC

Child and Family Therapist

**Please Note: Kendra is not accepting new clients at this time.**

Parents aren’t born knowing how to best guide their child. Each child is unique and yours is no exception. Parents want to learn to recognize and understand their child’s talents, strengths, and challenges, as well as learn how to best address their exceptional needs depending on their own unique personalities. My goal in family therapy is to help parents better understand and interact with their child as well as understand themselves, and together find new ways to help their child succeed emotionally, socially, and academically. I believe that children and parents “do well if they can” and I enjoy helping individuals and families learn the skills necessary to unlock their child’s potential while at the same time improving their relationships with one another.

While I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, I have a special place in my heart for young children. I have specialized in working with school-aged children in my professional career and love to use their imagination and playfulness to address challenges. This approach helps children gain confidence in various areas of their lives.

I believe therapy should be client-centered as you are the expert of your life. I feel that meaningful and effective therapy is built upon a solid client/therapist relationship. I will take the time to get to know you and your family to make sure my therapeutic approach is tailored to your needs.

Professional Background

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate with a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and Bachelor’s in Family and Child Science from New Mexico State University. Throughout my education, the core of my studies has revolved around ‘the family’– this is because I am passionate about helping people improve family relationships so that they can be the happiest version of themselves. I believe in viewing individuals and families systemically to see how relationship dynamics and communication patterns impact each member of the family. I utilize various therapeutic approaches such as Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I also enjoy implementing play therapy techniques and hands-on interventions to engage all family members through meaningful experiences.

After moving to Denver in 2016, I had the opportunity to work as a child and family therapist at a day treatment center. In this role, I was able to work with children with multiple challenges such as trauma histories, ADHD, emotional disorders, and learning disabilities. I received training and experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, collaborated with educators about IEP and 504 plans to address the unique needs of each student, and provided hands-on support with crisis management. Individual and family therapy is my passion and I am able to use the skills I’ve gained in working with children in-the-moment to better support individuals and families in the therapy room.

Personal Life

Being a New Mexico native, I at times miss the small towns and quiet atmosphere, but am now enjoying the many fun opportunities the Denver area has to offer such as sporting events and concerts. I love getting out in nature, being active, and finding little ways to make my husband laugh. One of my favorite things to do for self-care is learning how to make different crafts and then give those creations to loved ones. I come from a fairly large family and enjoy visiting them often to maintain those relationships and play with my nieces and nephews.