M.Ed, Licensed Professional Counselor
Xander earned a bachelor's degree from Truman State University and a master's degree from the University of Southern California before earning an MEd in counseling from Stephens College in 2016 and gaining full licensure from the state of Missouri.
Xander is trained as both a school counselor and professional counselor and has worked with a variety of ages. Before landing at Kindred Collective in 2020, he spent time training in the Stephens College counseling center and in the counseling office of Rock Bridge High School. He has led groups on healthy relationships and life stage transitions. Additionally he spent a decade working as an admissions counselor and college adviser assisting students as they decided upon and made the transition into higher education.
Xander is also very active in the community of Columbia. He has coached recreational and competitive soccer teams of every age from five years old to college. He has been a college instructor at two local institutions. He has worked with AVID students in high school and volunteered his time in elementary classrooms. He has acted in student films and run the Heart of America Marathon.
Currently, Xander is the owner of Xander Kennedy Counseling, LLC, practicing at Kindred Collective. Xander provides individual therapy for children, teens, and adults. Xander has training in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and changing life events.
Xander believes in the power of the mind to adjust to new or challenging situations. While primarily person-centered in his work, Xander adheres to a holistic approach to counseling, and draws from different schools of thought to assist clients.
Most free moments will find Xander hanging with his children, exploring the parks around town or reading aloud from an endless stack of books. Xander is also a published author and playwright and always has a story or two in the midst of completion.
Xander does not accept insurance currently but works on a sliding scale for payment.
Xander's Missouri license number is 2020009382.