Kendra Lubrant Liedtke graduated from Gillespie High School in 1995, earning a scholarship from The Partnership for Educational Excellence. She used the $500 award toward tuition at the St. Louis University (SLU).
Kendra graduated from SLU in 1999 with a double major in social work and French and immediately moved to Denver, CO, to pursue a master’s degree in social work. By 2002 she had obtained her license in clinical social work, and by 2014 she became a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist.
“I have been working in the field of adult mental health, both community mental health and now the private sector, as a licensed clinical social worker for more than 15 years,” she says. She worked four years as a clinical case manager with the Mental Health Center of Denver, providing therapeutic services for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
She then transitioned to providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults, first at the Aurora Mental Health Center’s Adult Outpatient Clinic for nine years and then at the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Center in Castle Rock for two years, Kendra recounts.
“In 2014 I opened my own private psychotherapy practice in Castle Rock, CO” she says. “I am the sole owner/therapist for this practice called In the Moment Counseling LLC. I focus my work on individual adults seeking assistance with a wide variety of mental health needs, specializing in trauma-focused work using EMDR therapy to help adults resolve and heal from a variety of distant and recent past traumas that continue to impact their current-day lives.”
Kendra has been married since 2005 to Mark Liedtke; they have two children, Sydney, age 9, and Marshall, age 7. In her free time, Kendra enjoys time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, going to concerts and enjoying nature in the Colorado mountains on hiking, biking, camping, and skiing trips.
“My post-secondary education provided me with invaluable opportunities and stepping stones to engage in a career that is both challenging and rewarding,” she says. “I am often able to make a meaningful difference on a deep personal level to others. In addition, the ability to become a business owner has provided me with greater work-life balance: I can remain active in my career and also be present for my family.”
Kendra adds: “ I have much gratitude to The Partnership for assisting me along the course of my academic career and helping me gain opportunities that otherwise would not have been available. The Partnership has done this for me and many others.”
Kendra is the daughter of Ed and Brenda Lubrant of Gillespie.