Therapy Services

Areas of Specialty

Oxford High School Parent Support Group

On 11/30/21, the Oxford community experienced the unfathomable,  the shooting that took place at the High School, taking the lives of four beloved students.  Natasha Kendal and Associates want to help support the community and create a safe environment for parents to share, grieve, and gain support from one another.

Fitness Program

8 and 12 Week Programs – In person, virtual or hybrid options available. Our classes are an empowering combination of resistance training, self-defense and yoga for EVERY BODY!

Adults

Please know that we respect your wish for safety and convenience, and we offer all therapy services (with the exception of select groups) via a HIPAA compliant teletherapy platform, if that is what you prefer.

Ongoing Mental Health Services

We welcome adults of all ages into our practice. You will find a comfortable, beautiful and peaceful environment here.

Intensive Reset

This three-part intensive program is designed for individuals, couples and families who feel stuck in their current life or ongoing psychotherapy.

Individual Therapy

Children

Individual Adolescent

Teens are tough psychotherapy customers. They have a lot to process, but trusting a strange adult is difficult for them. Our therapists go out of their way to ensure that they have a warm working relationship with each teen.

Individual Child

Seeking psychotherapy services for your child is a big decision. We take this responsibility very seriously and will include you in treatment every step of the way in a manner that will be appropriate for your child’s age and stage.

Infant and Young Child

Some people are surprised to find out that infants and young children have mental health needs. Our Early Childhood Specialist, Molly McMahon is passionate about helping infants, young children (0-6 years old) and their parents. Molly helps parents and care-givers understand and improve babies’ and children’s physical and mental health, and strengthen the attachment bonds that ensure healthy lifelong development. Read more about infant mental health here and about healthy attachment here.

Medication Management:

Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Joseph Montgomery provides evaluation and treatment of mental health conditions in a holistic and person-centered model, and prescribes and monitors psychotropic medications, if appropriate, for patients 16 years old and older. Additionally, Joseph administers and interprets GeneSight, a non-invasive pharmacogenomic test that analyzes how your genes may affect effectiveness of the prescribed medication. Since everyone’s DNA is unique, GeneSight is a valuable tool for clinicians to predict how YOU react to medication for anxiety, depression, ADHD and other psychiatric conditions. Read more about this amazing test here: https://genesight.com

Parenting Support

Being a parent or a step-parent is a difficult and often thankless task. Many people expect to simply know what their children need, and find themselves baffled by their kids’ tempter tantrums, fears, mood swings and misbehavior. We are here to help.

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based technique for healing trauma, and NKA is proud to announce that Ellen Smithey is currently offering EMDR.

Read her blog post about this remarkable technique:

 If you have gone anywhere near the world of therapy, odds are you have probably heard of the acronym “EMDR.” EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is often referred to as the “follow my fingers” therapy where the client watches the therapist’s fingers move back and forth, and miraculously the client’s trauma disappears. After undergoing intensive training in the therapeutic modality, including having to undergo EMDR treatment myself, I am here to say that it is actually so much more… CONTINUE READING

Imagine you are sitting in the soft, clear sand, watching the waves of the crystal blue water wash up around your feet, and slowly return back to the crystal blue ocean. You push your hands slowly down into the warm sparkling sand until you begin to feel the coolness and weight of the earth. It calms you, it grounds you, it allows you to be at peace, for once.

Now imagine feeling this every week in therapy. Allowing the sand to work its soothing magic will allow your mind and body to be at ease, making space for all of the thoughts and feelings you seem unable to express otherwise.

In sand tray therapy, we will utilize sand, a safe container, and familiar figurines and props to relax, play, and explore. Sand tray is for both children and adults who find they may benefit from a different approach to therapy rather than traditional talk therapy.

NKA offers several scheduled and ongoing groups. We are currently accepting teen girls ages 14-17 for an ART-based group which takes place on Sunday evenings. Please reach out to our Art Therapist, Ellen Smithey at ellen@drkendalandassociates.com to see if your daughter would qualify for this group.

Words are hard. No, really, words are extremely difficult. Especially for those moments of life that are unspeakable and especially for our children who may not have the brain structures needed to clearly communicate their many thoughts and feelings.

This is where art therapy comes in handy. We cannot expect children to walk into an office, sit down on the couch with a cup of tea and immediately dive into what is on their mind like we (sometimes!) can do. Children learn through creativity, play, through experience, and through imagination. Therefore, we can only expect children to be able to express themselves in the same way. This is why we offer Art Therapy, a type of psychotherapy where the creative process is used to help express and understand how you or your child thinks, feels, and acts on a deeper level.

Art Therapy is used to improve:

  • You or your child’s thought process
  • Physical daily functioning
  • You or your child’s daily impact from traumatic life experiences
  • Self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Emotional resilience, insight, and social skills
  • The resolving of family conflict and distress

*You can learn more about art therapy at: https://arttherapy.org