To Help

by Job Abraria

Kendrick comes from a family of helpers at heart.  His mother is a retired psychiatric nurse from Unity Point. One of his sisters is a Police Officer in Quincy IL, the other sister is a Neuro Nurse for a local Neurologist, and his brother is a Chef.  Helping people is very important to him and his entire family and a lesson they all learned from day one.  The importance of family in the healing, helping, and learning process has largely contributed to the talented professional he is today.

Kendrick was born and raised in Canton IL. He maintains many friends and family members in Central Illinois including Reverend Monroe Bailey the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Canton IL. He is the last of 5 children from a single mother who worked hard every day to take care of the household. This taught him the value of introspection and how it improves families and communities.

Family values and taking care of your love ones is one of the most important things in his life.   All of the agony and anguish of failure as well as the glory and spoils of success, have taught him the importance of maintaining a strong faith. Also, he has learned forgiveness. Forgiving self and others is paramount to living a satisfying life. He works to run a successful practice and is dedicated to all his clients. He was born and raised in the church, currently attending St. Paul Baptist Church in Peoria IL.  Being a father has taught him the importance of volunteering in his community and mentoring underprivileged youth.

He provides counseling services to a wide range of people of all ethnicities and socio economic backgrounds form the extremely wealthy to those who live meal to meal.  His life struggles have included many losses of close family members, friends, and loved ones.

His Philosophy:

Begins with meeting the client where they are in their life. The present client is the most important.  The past and future will be explored, but first reality is the condition of today.

It is important to know that counseling is not always comfortable. Confronting the areas where a client wants and needs to change and grow is crucial.

Clients are encouraged to bring unconscious material into their conscious mind through therapy which for some people can be challenging, but the reward is priceless

Clients need to engage in discovery of their self. Put yourself in a position to view yourself honestly.  The new understanding of yourself gives the client the freedom to make different choices in their life, but also to accept things that aren’t under their control as well so they can live a potentially more productive and satisfying life.

Kendrick is a contracted therapist of Balanced LLC. Kendrick received his Master of Arts degree from Bradley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with more than 10 years of experience in various clinical settings, including inpatient hospital units and outpatient settings.

Kendrick’s experience includes working with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, phobias, psychoses, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress induced adjustment disorders, grief reactions complicated by depression, school adjustment/avoidance issues and ADHD. He has extensive experience providing counseling services to a wide array of individualized populations with diverse ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Along with fundamental psychology, Kendrick specializes in improving and advancing sports-related thought, practice, and performance. Kendrick works to help athletes overcome feelings of anxiety and maintain focus during competition, as well as improve communication with teammates, controlling tempers or even just being motivated to exercise.

Sports minded therapists like Kendrick can help people on and off the playing field. The same strategies that sport minded therapists teach athletes — relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example— are also useful in the workplace and other settings.

Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including biomechanicsphysiologykinesiology and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors.

In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for performance improvement, sport psychology includes work with athletes, coaches, and parents regarding injury rehabilitation, communication, team building,  and beginning and ending of career transitions.

Athletic Background

Kendrick became an athlete in grade school where he played football, track, band, and wrestling. During his High School career Kendrick was a varsity athlete and state qualifier in Track and Field, Football, and Wrestling.  He later was a Division 1 athlete in Wrestling at Illinois State University.  More recently he has won the World Title in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Kendrick has competed International and continues to practice Martial Arts locally at Peoria Athletic Club.

Please visit his at  www.balancedwashington.com  and see how he can help you today.