Trauma, Mental Health & Supporting Girls & Their Incarcerated Mothers with Ilyse Kennedy

Ilyse Kennedy is the founder of Moving Parts Psychotherapy. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Perinatal Mental Health Professional, and EMDRIA Certified Clinician. Ilyse has always been a helper by nature.

As a child, this meant befriending children who struggled, and talking bullies down to empathy. She enjoyed having deep connections with those around her, but didn’t realize the ability to form deep connections and hold a listening ear would serve me in her career.

Ilyse’s mental health journey began at 10 years old with her first stint in therapy, this is when she began to learn her own needs in terms of self care. It turns out deeply empathic kiddos flourish when touched by a deeply empathic adult. Her bond with her childhood therapist forever changed her. She looked forward to therapy each week and enjoyed learning the intricacies of her own mind.

In the midst of a flourishing “industry” career, Ilyse endured some very upsetting life events. A therapist helped to label those life events as trauma. She realized many of the struggles she was walking with daily were due to this trauma. It was also through her own therapy that she learned to overcome these events to become a full and flourishing person once again. She learned what her normal felt like—it felt like finally taking a breath without her chest feeling tight.

She began work as a therapist for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, a program supporting girls and their incarcerated mothers. This program helps to support the continued connection for mothers and daughters and stop the cycle of incarceration. It was here that she honed her identity as a therapist and gained love and knowledge working with mothers, children, and breaking the cycles of family trauma.

“The more we have these conversations, the more these conversations can be had.” ~ Alison Jaye

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