Kendra Doukas

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Clinical Director, The Catalyst Center
Program Director, Ardent Grove Foundation

As a trauma specialist, I have sought out the best treatments for healing trauma for over a decade. After years of research, we now understand that one can heal from trauma rather than live with the ‘scars’ of trauma. Although I have found EMDR, body-centered therapies, Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, and neurofeedback brain training to be highly effective in trauma recovery, recent research indicates that psychedelics are a promising adjunct treatment for trauma.
What drew me into completing a year-long intensive training and certification program in psychedelic-assisted therapy was the fact that all the areas of study I was involved in were pointing towards psychedelics. I like to stay on top of current research and noticed that all the major key players in the field of trauma recovery were attending training and using psychedelics in therapy. Over the course of my career, I have tended to trust theories and topics that seem to pull the field together, making connections in concepts and providing sound research to back the work. To me, there are many different effective ways to treat mental health, and not every method is right for every client or for every practicing clinician. Psychedelics seem to be a compelling tool in therapeutic work, and I am excited to bring it to my clients.

Let me be very clear- I am not a clinician who believes that “psychedelics are for everyone”! In fact, I often cringe when I am reading yet another article about Ketamine in the media claiming to be a magical cure-all. What I do believe about psychedelics is that they can be a powerful tool in healing from deep trauma, depression, and anxiety. Psychedelics, when used safely in a safe setting with a trained and competent provider, can help people to release fiercely held negative beliefs and stuck ideas about themselves and their conditions. I have seen them bring about tremendous healing. My clients can engage in behavior changes that they simply were not able to engage in prior to their KAP experiences.

The power of psychedelic-assisted work is vast and awesome in the truest sense of that word. I recognize that power and potential for healing and feel extremely humbled by it. I understand just how vulnerable clients are when doing this type of healing and work hard to keep them safe. I am honored to be part of a client’s journey to healing.

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Kendra’s Education, Training
and Experience

  • 2022 Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Provider, Integrative Psychiatry Institute
  • 2009 M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, concentration of Marriage and Family Therapy , Colorado State University
  • 2007 Certificate in Women’s Studies, Colorado State University
  • Advanced Training:
  • 2019 Memory Reconsolidation, The Flash Technique & EMDR Training
  • 2018 Advanced EMDR training in the Attachment-Focused EMDR protocol
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training, Basic Certification

In addition to her private practice experience, she has counseled individuals at Larimer County Community Corrections and at Crossroads Safehouse.

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Kendra’s Recent Research, Presentations, and Publications

  • Thesis: Making Meaning of Turning Point Events and Life Purpose: Implications for Power versus Benevolence
  • Jacklin, E., Doukas, K. (2013). Intersections of Trauma and Gender Variant/Transgender Identity: Treatment Considerations for Compassionate, High-Quality care. Paper Presentation at Colorado Gold Rush Conference, Denver, CO
  • Jacklin, E., Doukas, K. (2012). Guide to Assessing Postpartum Mood Disorders. Presented in Multiple Medical Office In-Service Trainings throughout the Denver Metro Area
  • Doukas, K., Thulin, K. (2019) Trauma Informed Response to School Violence. Presentation at the Safe Spaces Summit, Denver, CO

Featured in Colorado Parent Magazine


  • Contributor to the Colorado State University FAIR curriculum website
  • Various presentations about Partner Abuse and Teen Dating Violence
  • Family and Diversity Presentation at Colorado State University for Married Student Housing

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