I am a graduate of Michigan State University Marriage and Family Therapy program, and I spent the last 25 years helping children, teens and families lead happier and healthier lives. In 2018, I established Dr. Kendal and Associates, later rebranded as the Kendal Clinic to increase my clinical reach and effectiveness to assist even more individuals and families in metro Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan. Watching this clinic grow and develop has been truly a joyous journey for me, and adding more and more therapists, psychiatric nurses and groups, classes and programs has been mildly addicting, I won’t lie.
What Inspires Me
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
-Robert A. Heinlein
Where I Volunteer
Multiple local and national psychotherapy groups and causes
Doctorate of Philosophy
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Family and Child Ecology. Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy; Accredited by COAMFTE. Area of doctoral research: Disagreements about money issues and marital satisfaction. Conferred: 2003.
Masters of Arts
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Family and Child Ecology. Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy; Accredited by COAMFTE. Conferred: December 1999.
Bachelor of Arts
York University, Toronto, Canada. Major: Psychology, Specialized Honors. May 1996 – Summa Cum Laude.
Local and national speaker on subjects of parenting, financial psychotherapy and adjustment to divorce. Recent speaking engagements include:
- Women in Insurance and Financial Services National Conference;
- Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit;
- Institute for Divorce Financial Professionals National Conference and others.
- Affirmations of Ferndale;
- Children’s Services Network of Oakland County;
- Women’s Divorce Resource Center;
Kendal, N. and Houdek, N. (2018). Stuck on Screens – Psychologists’ Perspective of the Current Dangers of Children’s Overuse of Technology. In Press.
Kendal, N. (2004). “Couples and Money Issues: What Do Therapists Need to Know?” Presentation at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, East Lansing, Michigan.
Kendal, N. (2003). “Financial Behavior and Marital Satisfaction: A Collective Case Study”. Doctoral Dissertation. In print.
Kendal, N. (2002). “American couples speak on money and relationships: Making sense of the interplay between marital and financial satisfaction”. Preliminary bibliography and conceptual maps presented at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Livonia, Michigan.
Kendal, N. (2002). How mediation gets to an equitable “Yes”. Michigan Family Law Journal Special Edition, p. 34-36.
Lee, R. E., Eppler, C., Kendal, N., & Latty, C. (2001). Critical incidents in the professional lives of first year MFT students. Contemporary Family Therapy, 23 (1), 51- 61. Also presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado, 2000.
Kendal, N. & Eppler, C. (2001). Dividing the emotional house: the psychological power of money and other “staff”. Michigan Family Law Journal Special Edition. p. 64-68.
Kendal, N., Latty, C., Jager, K. “The lighter side of therapy with the Simpsons”. Presented at the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Convention, Bloomfield, Michigan, 1999.
Mongrain, M., Vettese, L., Shuster, B., & Kendal, N. (1998). “Interpersonal perceptual biases in dependent and self-critical women”. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 75(1).230-241. Also presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Chicago, 1997.