Jonathan Kirkendall is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, D.C., who specializes in bringing integrative solutions to anxiety, depression, grief, including working with individuals who have either had a parent or sibling die by suicide, and trauma. He is especially interested in how our fast-paced, overly-busy, modern lifestyle does not support optimal wellbeing and works with his clients to build new habits to sustain wellbeing.
Having received training from Naropa University, one of the first counseling programs to teach an integrated mindfulness approach, Jonathan sees mental health from a holistic point of view, and explores with his clients how diet, exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness can impact symptoms of anxiety and depression, and how those things can aid in healing from grief and trauma. He often will utilize mindfulness exercises in the session to help his clients connect to the present moment, exercises that his clients can utilize at home in between sessions. He also digs deep with individuals to explore how they interacted with their family and siblings when they were growing up. This can be used to better understand their triggers and symptoms.
Jonathan wants to help his clients discover not only how to live with symptoms but really how to live optimally. He has extensive training in grief and trauma. He also served as clinical director for a national bereavement non-profit where he wrote the curriculum for children and parents around grief. He is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, and has served on the board of the DC chapter of the AMHA and has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism for nearly three decades. He looks forward to meeting you at his office in Dupont Circle.