J. Ryan
Kennedy
MA, LPC, LMFT, BC-DMT, CLMA
ryan.kennedy@noeticus.org | 303-399-9988 ext. 101


Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute
http://www.noeticus.org
Sherman Gardens Office Complex, 190 East 9th Avenue; Suite #290
Denver, CO 80203-2744

The program philosophy of the clinical staff of Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute is rooted in a deep understanding of the dynamic and complex interplay among biological predispositions, early developmental experiences, and current life situations. We see the importance of how early experiences can shape perception and reality, and at the same time we also strongly believe in the power each individual, couple, or family has to make new choices and to create new options in life.

At its foundation, our program philosophy employs a developmental model. We then infuse this with principles and practices that are richly influenced by person-centered, systemic, harm-reduction, multicultural, and social-justice perspectives. Additionally, because we specialize in the treatment of trauma (and its many subsequent negative impacts, such as addictions, compulsions, depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviors, and relational problems) we also draw strongly from Judith Herman's model of trauma recovery, Marsha Linehan's model of working with chronic crisis behavior and interpersonal chaos, Ken Wilber's model of integral development, and many of the somatically-oriented models of working with developmental and situational trauma.

Some of these other models include the work of Stephen Porges, Francine Shapiro, Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, Bessel van der Kolk, Robert Scaer, and Colin Ross. In addition, we draw significantly from the contemporary couple and family systems models developed by Brent Atkinson, John Gottman, Susan Johnson, and Esther Perel as well as from the more traditional models developed by Jay Haley, Cloé Madanes, Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir, and Steve de Shazer.

Because our clinical staff are all educators as well as clinicians, our program philosophy also incorporates an appreciation for making learning opportunities available to our students, interns, and externs. This practice benefits both our student learners as well as our clients because it enables us to see things from many perspectives and to stay current with new trends and best practices in our field.

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