Natasha Kendal, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
Individual, Couple & Family Therapy
I have been working as a therapist with adults, children and families for many years. In my work, I determined there was a need for in-home work with parents and children. This was my drive to develop Your Parenting Coach. I found that the critical work I was able to achieve in the home was different than the work I was able to achieve in my office.
While there is a definite place for in office therapy, the work done in the comfort of one’s home is different. The home space allows families to exist in their “normal” zone. This normality allows families to act as they do typically. Parent coaches are then able to help parents transform patterns, routines, habits and rituals in a realistic and achievable manner.
My system of observation and coaching with parents and children is very effective. Families in a state of chaos become families in peace, able to enjoy one another and grow together. All coaches at Your Parenting Coach are licensed mental health professionals. I determined that the level of education and expertise in child development and in interpersonal relationships and mental health was very important when working with children and family issues.
I would have a very level-headed approach to family dynamics and issues with parenting in the home. I have worked with my team extensively on solutions that deal with issues such as:
- Attachment between parents and children
- Parent/child relationship
- Developmentally appropriate ages and stages
- Assessment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD and other common mental illnesses and referrals if needed
- Effective positive discipline strategies
- Social skills, competencies and deficits
- Medical/physical needs and their impact on family life
- Family communication patterns and problem-solving abilities
- Learning strengths and deficits
- Strengths and deficits of the parental team
- Sibling relationships
- Extended family influence
- Impact of sleep patterns and nutrition
- Impact of technology of parents and children
- Chores, responsibilities and/or allowance issues
Your Parenting Coach is ready to work with you together to solve life’s challenges and make your family life happy.
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.