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Meet Kendhal Hart of Dallas Counseling and Treatment Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kendhal Hart.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kendhal. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a teen, I experienced severe depression, suicidal thinking, and felt quite alone. I didn’t feel comfortable talking to my parents or teachers, so I suffered silently. Occasionally, I would voice my feelings to a friend, but that just led me to feel different and broken in comparison. This experience transformed me as a person, helped me develop compassion for those who struggle silently, and ultimately was the catalyst for me to go into the behavioral health field. I never wanted to do “sit-down-talk-about-your-feelings” therapy, but while in graduate school, I found that I loved the experience of learning the innermost personal details about a person’s life and being a source of support as they grow.

After college, I accepted a position working for Dallas County’s MHMR providing treatment to a growing population suffering with severe and persistent mental illness. I embraced helping individuals, who previously struggled to cope and function on a daily basis, to identify and process goals, desires, feelings, thoughts, grief, guilt, and shame. Their willingness to allow me to be part of the journey was both inspiring and life-changing. I sought more training to improve my skills, which would therefore allow me to help these individuals live the life they wanted. Eventually, I decided that I could have a larger impact on my community if I started my own practice, so, that’s what I did.

I began very small with a single office and worked alone for a year, which grew to become very lonely. I began to accept interns and found a great deal of joy in teaching and guiding them to treat their clients. However, this was soon not enough for me. I began to realize that in our field, mental health clinicians don’t know much about running a business. I, myself, had to learn everything the hard way, but with perseverance, I developed a good working system. When my waiting list for clients got too lengthy, I anxiously hired another clinician to help provide services to those waiting. Then, I hired another one and another one. I have since expanded to three offices in the Dallas area with a fourth location scheduled to open later this year employing approximately 30 clinicians.

My overall goal is simple: provide a healthy and supportive working environment while training clinicians to treat trauma and other complex cases in an effort to provide high quality mental health services to my community. My team and I work to identify what is missing in our community and meet that need. We constantly seek to develop new programs, expand our services and locations, provide ongoing training to our staff, and give back to local organizations. We accept most major insurance, provide reduced rates to those without insurance, and maintain a lower than average private pay rate.

I am happy to have found a group of amazing clinicians who have helped me grow my practice to the size it is now. These therapists are incredibly passionate about what they do and we work together to develop new ideas to strengthen our community.  At times, I am in awe that I am surrounded by such a supportive team of people who are just as excited as I am about the work we do.

Has it been a smooth road?
While building my business, I had to make many sacrifices and I feel as though I put my blood, sweat, and tears into it. I would not be where I am today if it was not for the support of my family, friends, and team. This talented group of individuals who have agreed to support me and participate in the growth of this practice have made all the difference during the tough times. The most challenging part for me, personally, has been learning to manage others effectively. I am constantly working on my management style to prevent from becoming overly rigid. I may not always make the most popular decisions but I try my hardest to do the right thing as much as possible. Developing the structure for any company is very difficult and that has been the focus of our growth over the second half of last year.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dallas Counseling and Treatment Center – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Dallas Counseling and Treatment Center is a counseling practice with offices in Uptown Dallas, Plano, and Rockwall, Texas. We have therapists that specialize in treating almost any issue including sexual and emotional trauma, eating disorders, addiction, PTSD, military adjustment, first responder trauma, anxiety, and depression among other things. We treat clients as young as age 3, and offer a variety of treatment modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnosis, and Play Therapy to name a few. DCTC accepts most major insurance which allows us to provide treatment at a reasonable price. I am proud that our company is able to accommodate almost every client that contacts us for an appointment, and that we have highly trained clinicians who are well-versed in treating a variety of concerns.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like most about Dallas is the level of diversity the city has. However, one of the drawbacks to living in a large city is that people feel disconnected from their community. Luckily, there are so many ways to get involved with various local organizations, non-profits, and events.


  • Private pay rate is $130 per session
  • Insurance rates vary drastically but average around $30 per session

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