CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — Psychologist Valerie Kendall, or Dr. Val as she is familiarly known, is an MA, PhD, Registered Therapist with numerous other credentials in her arsenal. She practices a full complement of modalities, and for clients of all ages. As a certified Play Therapist in both Canada and the U.S.A., she works a lot with children through the medium of play. With many adults she counsels in the field of ADD or addictive behaviors, which include sex addiction, gambling, and The Internet. Regarded as a Substance Abuse Expert, she assesses and counsels people on the abuse of alcohol and drugs. With other adults, she functions as a couples’ counselor. Above all, she is someone who cares, who builds a true relationship with clients and offers the kind of unconditional love that lets them know that even when they feel they are at the most unlovable point in their lives, they still have value.
She is affiliated with many professional associations in Canada including: CPA, PAA, CCPA, CFCH, (AB.), ACEP. She’s registered and certified with the American Board of Hypnotherapy and the Alberta Hypnotherapy Association. Dr. Val attends workshops and conferences offered by the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, where she did most of her child therapy training. This led to an invitation to write a chapter in the forthcoming book Turning Points in Play Therapy and The Emergence of Self. Her section recounts one case history that professionals and families will learn from, about when a child in play therapy reveals that first glimmer of hope and progress.
Still, she has to tell clients things they don’t want to hear, like own up to the consequences of an impulsive choice or negative behavior, or it’s to go off to rehab. She may have to be tough at times, but for the most part she likes to have fun, and loves bringing about change.