Kathleen Bedard, LPC Associate
Supervised by Kathleen Mills, LPC-S, CEAP
Hi I'm Kathleen Bedard and I focus on adolescents and the problems they face during that period of their lives. I do this work both individually and as a family unit.
What Makes Me Tick?
I've been interested in what makes people do the things that they do and the connections between our thoughts and our behaviors all of my life, especially the biology behind it all. My keen interest in that arena is probably what led me to teach high school biology and chemistry for 10 years.
During that period, my husband and I raised three sons. Raising boys is a lot like taming lions; the lion-tamer is usually smaller than the lions, the lions are louder, their behavior can be erratic, very physical and is governed by rules of the jungle the tamer doesn't naturally comprehend. But the lions respect and obey a fair and confident tamer and I like that.
Raising boys to become good men is an honor and a great task for any woman. Mom's learning how to deal with the incredibly linear thought processes and emotions of little males while they are looking to her for the example of a proper, Godly woman, a model they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. They will look for and expect that model in the woman they choose as their wife so it's no small pair of shoes to fill!
Teaching school provided me a wonderful theater in which to observe behaviors and it required me to interact with them. While I got along very well with both genders I will admit I was partial to the young men when I began teaching and that was a good thing because my husband and I would soon be raising three sons of our own. I spoke their languages.
Early on I began to notice a disturbing trend towards depression and suicide amongst the adolescent boys. Society's messages to young men were, and still are, attacking and eroding the male psyche. As the mom of three young men, that really bothered me and so the next step in my personal journey gained momentum!
Putting It All Together
I find it fascinating, at this stage of my life, to stand back and look at how God puts stepping stones in front of us that lead us to places we never would have imagined on our own. My practice is the current manifestation of the steps that have made up my life; a keen interest in biology and the sciences behind our behaviors, the connection between our thoughts and behaviors, and the development of adolescents into adulthood.
I'm excited to see what God does with me through my practice. I believe He's brought me this far to help your family and your sons and daughters. Let me give you the benefit of my vast experience and see what we can do together.
Years In Practice
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families
- Boundary issues
- Christian Counseling
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, College of William and Mary in Virginia
Master of Education, George Mason University
Master of Art in Counseling, Amberton University
Licensed Professional Counselor, Associate
National Board Certified Counselor, NBCC
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual (CCTS-I)
Trained Stephen Ministry Leader
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
The Joy of Love: On the Love of Family by Pope Francis
The Cup of our Life by Joyce Rupp
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Office Visit: $65
Schedule An Appointment
Kathleen Bedard sees clients at Life Tree Counseling on Fridays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All of her appts are scheduled by contacting her directly at 972-234-6634 x102. If she doesn't pick up that means she's in session with another client. Please leave your name, a contact phone# that you check frequently, and how she can best serve you and she will call back within just a couple of hours to take care of you.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to sign additional forms and/or, if you did not have chance to fill out the Life Tree Intake Packet. Just grab the clipboard at the window, complete the intake packet and I will be with you shortly.
Life Tree accepts cash, check, HSA cards, and all other major credit cards for these services.
Our business is run on a finite number of business hours scheduled. We recognize that things sometime happen and you may need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. If so, please call at least 24 hrs in advance (no emails, please) and give us an opportunity to help someone else in that time slot.
Failure to cancel (24 hrs in advance) or show up for your scheduled session will constitute permission to bill you for the time you scheduled.