by Wanda Lucas
As residents address the changing urban space and the craziness of the holiday season, family issues including parenting and caretaking, mental health needs may get ignored. That’s why Heidi Vanderwerff and Marjorie Strachman Miller started Kennedy Counseling Collective (508 Kennedy Street NW), with the goal of offering an inviting space that fosters a place of mental healing and health. They are committed to helping people find their voice along with the life they want to live as city dwellers.
Heidi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who offers individual and relationship counseling to professionals and new parents. Marjorie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (and play therapist) who works with all family arrangements and children over the age of 2.
Led by a belief in transparency, Heidi and Marjorie work with both adults and children and describe their approach as interactive. They believe in creating a space for clients to move at their own pace and explore their values and get healthier. Their goal is to provide a good experience, reducing the stigma associated with therapy. The communities of Petworth and Brightwood are ripe for their services as their needs are as diverse as the residents.
They chose the Kennedy Street location in support of their mission, Get Help + Give Help, because they plan to offer pro bono services to the families of the new homeless shelter being built nearby. Additionally, they believe that clients are directly impacting and benefiting other people just by showing up and coming for their own work. Virtual therapy is offered through a HIPAA compliant site that allows clients to get services even if they travel or work abroad and those who are unable to leave their office.
Heidi and Marjorie are pleasant, approachable and open to learning about how to serve more effectively and being intentional with people on varying spectrums in their life. They offer free 15-minute phone consultations to listen to concerns, outline their services and answer any questions a prospective client may have.
You can learn more about the Kennedy Counseling Collective on their website, or by calling them at (202) 630-0496.
Kennedy Counseling Collective
508 Kennedy Street NW