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Spotlight Series – Hunter Kennedy

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Hunter Kennedy Psy.D., LPC-S – Assistant Clinical Director

Hunter Kennedy has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed professional counselor.  He is the Assistant Clinical Director of Origins Recovery Center in Texas.  After spending a few years treating patients in chronic pain he found that working in mind and spirit could restore balance, thus healing the body, which led to a theory of wellness.  He went on to work in several forms of residential treatment and psychiatric hospitals, researching various afflictions and the efficacy of working in mind, body and spirit to reestablish balance. His work incorporates meditation, spiritual traditions, and psychology, which are the essential components of the search and development of the soul or higher self.  Dr. Kennedy believes you can raise conscious awareness by educating people about them self in the form of choice, experience and perception, which then culminates in higher consciousness within one’s own body, mind, and soul. “It is through our ability to create conscious relationships, based in love, acceptance, and understanding, that we discover the real self and find meaning and purpose in life.”  Hunter has been published in the Journal of Awareness and authored a book on choice, experience, and perception.

 

 

What brought you to Origins?  

I was looking to move to Denver and received a call from Origins about a position, which lead them to invite me down to visit and tour the facility.  After seeing the facility and learning about the programs offered and the comprehensive nature of the treatment working on body, mind, and spirit, I knew it was no accident and was a perfect fit for and with me.

 

If there were only one thing you could tell us about working within your client specialty area, what would it be?

I specialize in mental health, and as people, we all fight the battle of control, the problem lies in the fact that the only thing we really have control of is ourselves and most of us fail to realize this and instead allow ourselves to be out of control.

 

 

What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?

I have learned that the problems and dysfunction we experience come in many forms and we humans seek to alleviate pain and discomfort as quickly and easily as possible; more often than not, it is the things we turn to that becomes the bigger problems that we face.

 

 

Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?

I have a doctorate in Psychology, a master’s in counseling and I am an LPC-supervisor.  I am certified in EMDR and have extensive work with trauma and personality disorders.

 

 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies? 

I try to practice what I preach and work on body, mind, and soul, so I exercise and workout for the body, work for the mind and play for the soul – I love the water, since moving to the island I traded in my motorcycle for a jet ski.

 

For more information regarding the many programs of Origins Behavioral HealthCare where Hunter Kennedy works, please visit: www.originsrecovery.com.