My name is Kenya Barnhart. I was born and raised in North Carolina. I have many interests. I love anything involving the arts. I love reading, poetry, painting, and spending time with my family. I am married to my best friend, and we reside in West Palm Beach, Florida with our family
In my experience as someone who advocated for a family member, it was important in our search for a therapist to find someone who was experienced in techniques and interventions that would allow the client to reach their therapeutic goals. It was important as a caregiver that my loved one would be seeing someone who was ethical, empathic, open-minded, patient, who was effective in communication, had good problem-solving skills, had an awareness of how to advocate for their clients, and had good listening skills. As a client, I believe you will see that I possess these skills and more. I believe these skills will help you in working through past trauma, overcoming pain from your past, learning new coping skills, defining your goals, and having greater clarity on what you want out of life.
You may be wondering how I can help you therapeutically. In the quietness of your struggles have you ever wondered, why do you have challenges in regulating your mood, can you heal from past trauma, how can you get beyond the hopelessness you feel, and how can you adjust to life changes? If you are someone who has challenges with anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem issues, Past Trauma, Family issues, Conflict/Divorce, Marriage/Couple issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Behavioral skills, and Coping Skills; I may be a good fit for you.
I am a graduate of Walden University, where I completed my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As an undergraduate, I earned my Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management. I always had a focused interest in advocating for others. This led to an opportunity where I began working for Carolina Behavioral Care, where I worked in Medical Records Management. I worked there for twelve years. During this time, my interest in counseling expanded; I later was accepted into Walden University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program. After completing the program, I became a Student Intern at Helping Moon Counseling.
I am a postmaster graduate and a registered mental health counseling intern working toward licensure at Helping Moon Counseling. Nina Barela, the clinical director, is my direct supervisor. I enjoy working with Teens, Adults, and Couples. My focus is a humanistic/client-centered approach. I promote an empathetic and non-judgmental safe space for my clients. I aid my clients in exploring their curiosity, intuition, creativity, and humility, which allows the client to discover they already possess the tools they need to flourish. Another approach that I use is a cognitive behavioral approach. I use this approach to aid my clients in identifying maladaptive beliefs and ways of thinking. This challenges the client to develop realistic and positive ways of thinking. I would like to expand my professional development by becoming certified in EMDR and rapid resolution therapy.
I have always been passionate about helping and assisting others. It is amazing to watch as a client learns a new skill. It is wonderful to observe the beauty of changes unfolding as clients come to new realizations that help them live their best lives. I look forward to challenging and encouraging my clients on their journey to healing and wellness.
- Registered Mental Health Intern Fl #26346
- Master’s degree, Department of Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
- Bachelor’s Degree Dual Degree: Business Administration, Healthcare Management, American InterContinental University