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Our Roots

Kindred Connections Therapy Center is a community based behavioral health center dedicated to restoring connections for the community’s most vulnerable children, youth and families.  Kindred Connections' services are concentrated in four areas of service: counseling, educational testing, psychoeducational groups and professional development training. 

With the launch of our private practice in 2017, we specialize in trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and behavior disorders in children and adolescents. We provide school based, short and long term counseling for a range of issues from day to day worries and frustrations to complex behavioral health concerns.  

 

Our goal is to significantly improve mental health outcomes for vulnerable children by creating an intense focus on restoring family engagement and attachment. The families we serve have experienced multiple traumas and reside in some of our city's most distressed communities. Our work focuses on building a complete continuum of care around the family that links them to educational and community supports.  

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: By Appointment 

Sunday: Closed 

The Knot of

Reconciliation 

Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife. This symbol is significant to us because it speaks to the collective need of our families to create peace in their connections with each other as well as the need for us to reconnect with ourselves in order to reconcile hurtful relationships that have cause our lives to be filled with guilt, shame, anger and resentment.

Our Team

Manicka Thomas, LISW

Clinical Director

Manicka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience providing individualized, family and group based mental and behavioral health services with children, adolescents and adults. With a specialization in School Social Work her expertise is working with children and adolescents ages 5-16 impacted by trauma.  Her focus is working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, ADHD and PTSD. She also works with teen and adults ages 17 - 35 experiencing racial stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and suicidal thoughts. Manicka believes that these disorders are external manifestations of chronic and prolonged internal stress and emotional dysregulation. She uses approaches to therapy that involve understanding the body-mind connection, the impact of childhood attachment and healing the entire family by restoring healthy interactions. She is trained in CBT, Functional Family Therapy and Play Therapy techniques. She served as an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College's Department of Social Work and at Central State University. She facilitates CEU trainings for social service professionals and is a frequent speaker on issues related to mental health and trauma within the community. 

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