When parents feel overwhelmed by the demands of children and family, or need to discuss their child’s unique concerns with a professional, my expertise helps. Often, parents feel that while their child has a therapist, a coach, a tutor, several teachers, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, they feel all alone. It doesn’t have to be this way. I am your ally, confidant and advisor. You know how parents used to rely on Dr. Spock or Dr. Sears for all of their parenting questions? Now, parents get bombarded by thousands of books, blogs and articles on parenting without a deep understand of your family or your child – let me become your family’s personal real-time expert.
My two decades of experience and personality lend themselves well to the style of therapy I call “therapy with a coaching edge” – I find that I work best with motivated, results-oriented individuals, who demand to live their best life – free of anxieties, fears, fighting with their families and lack of fulfillment. I am connected to a vast network of local helping professionals, ranging from psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychologists, tutors, OT/PT/Speech professionals to many others, and I would gladly make appropriate referrals. If you are a professional who helps children and families, let’s connect!
Doctorate of Philosophy
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Family and Child Ecology. Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy; Accredited by COAMFTE. Area of doctoral research: Disagreements about money issues and marital satisfaction. Conferred: 2003.
Masters of Arts
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Family and Child Ecology. Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy; Accredited by COAMFTE. Conferred: December 1999.
Bachelor of Arts
York University, Toronto, Canada. Major: Psychology, Specialized Honors. May 1996 – Summa Cum Laude.
Local and national speaker on subjects of parenting, financial psychotherapy and adjustment to divorce. Recent speaking engagements include:
- Women in Insurance and Financial Services National Conference;
- Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit;
- Institute for Divorce Financial Professionals National Conference and others.
- Affirmations of Ferndale;
- Children’s Services Network of Oakland County;
- Women’s Divorce Resource Center;
Kendal, N. and Houdek, N. (2018). Stuck on Screens – Psychologists’ Perspective of the Current Dangers of Children’s Overuse of Technology. In Press.
Kendal, N. (2004). “Couples and Money Issues: What Do Therapists Need to Know?” Presentation at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, East Lansing, Michigan.
Kendal, N. (2003). “Financial Behavior and Marital Satisfaction: A Collective Case Study”. Doctoral Dissertation. In print.
Kendal, N. (2002). “American couples speak on money and relationships: Making sense of the interplay between marital and financial satisfaction”. Preliminary bibliography and conceptual maps presented at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Livonia, Michigan.
Kendal, N. (2002). How mediation gets to an equitable “Yes”. Michigan Family Law Journal Special Edition, p. 34-36.
Lee, R. E., Eppler, C., Kendal, N., & Latty, C. (2001). Critical incidents in the professional lives of first year MFT students. Contemporary Family Therapy, 23 (1), 51- 61. Also presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, 2000.
Kendal, N. & Eppler, C. (2001). Dividing the emotional house: the psychological power of money and other “staff”. Michigan Family Law Journal Special Edition. p. 64-68.
Kendal, N., Latty, C., Jager, K. “The lighter side of therapy with the Simpsons”. Presented at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Bloomfield, Michigan, 1999.
Mongrain, M., Vettese, L., Shuster, B., & Kendal, N. (1998). “Interpersonal perceptual biases in dependent and self-critical women”. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 75(1).230-241. Also presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Chicago, 1997.