Director of Creative Arts Therapy and Wellness

Kendra Kirane, LCAT

Kendra oversees Creative Arts Therapy and Wellness at Wellbridge. Integrating a biopsychosocial approach, she emphasizes the universal language of art as an essential process in therapy – including music, dance/movement and drama – empowering individuals to be seen, heard and understood on the path toward recovery. Recognizing wellness is a key feature of sustainable recovery, Kendra prioritizes delivery of recreational therapy, fitness programming and nutrition to promote restoration and healthy lifestyle choices.

Kendra entered the field in 2006 and gained a deep appreciation for the complex clinical needs of patients with substance use disorders (SUD) while working on Bellevue’s co-occurring disorders unit. A specific focus of her practice is the intersection between SUD and trauma. She provided trauma-informed dance/movement therapy (DMT) for survivors of 9/11 at the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center and for incarcerated patients on Bellevue’s forensic psychiatric units. In 2018 she transitioned to Union Settlement, launching their Early Childhood Mental Health Program while concurrently providing supervision for social workers and creative arts therapists. Kendra has taught throughout New York metropolitan area – NYU, Yeshiva University, Sarah Lawrence College, Pratt Institute, Molloy College, Queens College, and The New School – striving to highlight dance/movement therapy as a unique response to the opioid crisis.

Kendra is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz followed by a Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute. She completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis from The Psychoanalytic Association of New York affiliated with NYU School of Medicine.  She also received Authentic Movement Practitioner and Arts and Trauma Treatment certifications.