Hello and congratulations on taking this brave step of looking for help. My name is Dr. Nancy Kenyon Richardson, but I usually just go by Dr. Nancy.
I strongly believe in the potential of all people to heal and move forward from trauma history, substance use disorders, and other mental health struggles. My passion is assisting people on their journey of healing. The course of my journey as a mental health professional has been two-fold. My master's degree is in psychology with a concentration in counseling. My Ph.D. is in psychology with a concentration in addiction and is research based. My research in successful recovery post-medication-assisted treatment (MAT) lead to an emerging theory on MAT as an aid to long-term opioid recovery without medication. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). I also hold several certifications including EMDR therapy and Dr. Gottman's Loving Couple's, Loving Children.
My grandparents were all Portuguese immigrants who did not have the opportunity for much education. My lifelong dream was to complete my Ph.D. Of course reaching this goal was a wonderful feeling, but I am more proud of the 2012 Victim Activist of the Year Award I received for my work in the field of intimate partner violence.
I am fascinated by brain science and often include psycho-education around trauma and the brain when helping people understand why they continue to engage in behaviors they wish to stop or why they continue to be impacted by past traumatic events. I have several years of experience helping people to move forward by identifying the "hooks" from their past that are holding them back from fully healing. I often state, only half kidding, that if I am still your therapist in 5 years and we're working on the same issues, fire me!
Although I grew up in a predominantly Portuguese community in Rhode Island, I have resided in Vermont for nearly 30 years. My family and I enjoy travel and I have visited 49 of the 50 states. Our youngest two children are now teenagers so my spouse and I are beginning to explore what the empty nest chapter of our lives will look like.
I truly feel honored and that it is a privilege to be trusted with the role of helping people heal from mental health problems. I look forward to being a part of your journey.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VT LCMHC 068.0134318
There are no words to express what a wonderful person and therapist Dr. Nancy is. She is highly educated, experienced, compassionate, and empathetic. She has changed my life in so many ways since I met her and I will forever be grateful for her.
Written on Sep 10, 2023 after therapy with Nancy for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Written on Apr 17, 2023 after therapy with Nancy for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Dr. Kenyon Richardson is an absolute Godsend. From minutes into our first session, I knew it was going to be the perfect match and relationship, and it has been just that. She is very attentive, responds in a timely manner and always encourages reaching out. I feel comfortable opening up to her and she provides useful and realistic feedback. I’m so grateful to have her.
Written on Jan 07, 2022 after therapy with Nancy for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Dr Nancy is continually learning and teaching what she knows, she is amazing at her job and it shows! She is a beautiful human being and will find a way to help you heal one way or another! She is simply exceptional!
Written on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Nancy for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
She is simply incredible
Written on Nov 17, 2021 after therapy with Nancy for 2 weeks
Solid, heart felt conversations. I look forward to our weekly meetings! Best thing I've ever done for myself. Dr Nancy is a wonderful woman and I appreciate her words of wisdom
Written on Oct 17, 2021 after therapy with Nancy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd