My name is Kennedy Sabelko and my passion for helping individuals achieve a better quality of life stems from my own personal and cultural experiences.  I have a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health and educational profession while teaching and providing mental health and substance abuse treatment to both adolescents and adults. I specialize in working with adult and juvenile offenders, at risk adolescents and individuals with cultural related concerns. I have worked as an outpatient therapist, residential therapist and jail-based therapist.

​I hold certificates in Trauma Informed Care from the ChildTrauma Academy while working with founder, Dr. Bruce Perry and a Graduate Certificate in Adults with Co-occurring Psychiatric Disabilities and Substance Abuse. I have facilitated Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, (MI) Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Relapse Prevention and Smart Recovery models 

 

I also work for Denver Public School district as an InSchool Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, and I am a co-founding member of Denver Partners for Youth Success Coalition (DPYS). Facilitated by Denver Public Health, DPYS is a community coalition that is working through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSA) Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success to address three of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug misuse among youth in Denver.

My passion for helping individuals achieve a better quality of life derives from my own personal and cultural experiences.  I have a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health and educational profession while teaching and providing mental health and substance abuse treatment to both adolescents and adults. I specialize in working with adult and juvenile offenders, at risk adolescents and individuals with cultural related concerns.

​I utilize Trauma Informed Care principles, Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, (MI) Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) , Relapse Prevention and Smart Recovery models.

My focus is allowing individuals to recognize their irrational/negative beliefs (Cognitive Distortions), and how their beliefs impact emotions and subsequently behavior. Once Identified, I provide coping strategies to decrease and manage negative thinking patterns through Trauma Specific treatment, CBT and DBT models.  My goal in providing treatment is for you to enhance your quality of life!