KENDRA KIRANE, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in movement psychotherapy, creative arts therapies, and authentic movement.  She has been working in the mental health field since 2006 and is based out of New York City.  Her philosophy is rooted in the process of self-discovery, helping individuals express their whole story through movement, dance, and words. In her therapeutic process individuals move forward, experience healthy transformation, and begin to heal.

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Kendra actively engages clients in the arts as a means of accessing feelings and bolstering ego strength. She works with children, adults, families, and clients who want to establish a healthy relationship to the body, connect with others authentically, and reach a positive sense of self in the world.  In working with Kendra, clients can overcome depression, anxiety, addictions, and cope with past traumas. 

Kendra graduated with distinction from Pratt Institute, receiving an M.S. in Dance/Movement Therapy. She completed a psychoanalytic fellowship from the Psychoanalytic Institute affiliated with NYU School of Medicine and is licensed by the State of New York as a Creative Arts Therapist. She is board certified by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and formally certified as an Authentic Movement Practitioner. To deepen her understanding of trauma-informed care, she completed a phase-based trauma treatment course on verbal and art-based interventions from the School of Visual Arts and most recently received a certificate in arts and trauma treatment from Kint Institute. 

As an educator, Kendra has led in-services at Bellevue Hospital and has had the honor of providing guest lectures at NYU, Yeshiva University, Sarah Lawrence College, Queens College, Pratt Institute, and The New School. 

Prior to her career as a movement psychotherapist Kendra studied acting, dance, and design, receiving a B.A. in Theatre Arts from U.C. Santa Cruz. For several years she also served as co-director of the non-profit organization Tango Renaissance USA. Kendra enjoys dancing, painting, and collaborating professionally with artists in her leisure time.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:

  • Union Settlement Association

FORMER HOSPITAL AFFILIATION:

  • Bellevue / NYC Health + Hospitals

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:

  • Master of Science Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Fellowship in Psychoanalysis
  • Certificate as Authentic Movement Practitioner
  • Certificate as Arts and Trauma Treatment Practitioner
  • Certificate as Teacher of English as Foreign/Second Language

CREDENTIALS/BOARD CERTIFICATION: 

  • Licensed by New York State Office of Professions to practice psychotherapy
  • Board Certified by American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
  • Registered by American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)

PRESENTATIONS

  • Guest lecturer, NYU: Creative Arts Therapy in Clinical Social Work (Fall 2017)
  • Guest lecturer, NYU: Creative Arts Therapy in Clinical Social Work (Spring 2017)
  • Guest faculty, Sarah Lawrence College: Clinical Internship Practicum II (Spring 2016)
  • DMT and authentic movement in-services for clinicians and medical students at Bellevue Hospital Center HHC (2013-2015)
  • Guest lecturer, Pratt Institute: DMT in Forensic Psychiatry (Spring 2015)
  • Guest lecturer, Queens College: Authentic Movement (Spring 2015)
  • Guest lecturer, Yeshiva University: Integrative Assessment and Treatment of SPMI - Principles of Movement Therapy (Fall 2014)
  • Assistant Guest lecturer, Pratt Institute's Spring Institute: Dancing Your Story, Playing with Imagery (Spring 2014)
  • Guest lecturer, The New School: Authentic Movement (Fall 2013)
  • Guest lecturer, NYU: Dance/Movement Therapy (Spring 2013)
  • Guest lecturer, Queens College: Authentic Movement (Spring 2013)

PUBLICATIONS:

CLINICAL SUPERVISION

  • On-site clinical & academic supervision for dance/movement therapy graduate students from Pratt Institute and Sarah Lawrence College
  • Available for creative arts therapists seeking state licensure, board certification
  • Available for psychotherapists and professionals seeking off-site supervision

WORKSHOPS & PODCAST INTERVIEWS:

  • Kendra is available to provide workshops on dance/movement therapy, authentic movement, forensic DMT, and trauma informed practice
  • Listen to the Mind Your Body Podcast about becoming consciously attuned through authentic movement
  • Learn about Forensic DMT here