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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA is a health psychologist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a new small press focusing on women’s health, and has academic appointments at both the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, and the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Divisions of Health and Trauma Psychology. She has served as an Associate Editor of the journal Psychological Trauma, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation.

A prolific author, she has written more than 320 journal articles, book chapters and other publications, and is author or editor of 22 books in the fields of trauma, women’s health, depression, and breastfeeding.

The Quote

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Proverb 31:18

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Kathy talks about doing volunteer work at a rape crisis center at Chico State in the 1980s, which then lead to doing work for one of the first child sexual abuse treatment centers in San Jose. It was there that she began to recognize patterns in both the individuals who were abused and those who they were abused by.

A Crucial Early Mistake

Kathy shares an experience about a time when she was speaking at a parenting conference and a young mother holding two young kids in her arms approached her and asked a question about breastfeeding. Kathy recalls that she didn’t hear the young mother as well as she could have and as a result gave the young mother a response that to this day Kathy feels wasn’t as complete as it should have been.

Kathy’s Why

Kathy is passionate about the fact that people can recover from trauma, and about informing people that this is possible! In addition, Kathy is continually reminded of the important fact that when working with clients, trauma is often the missing piece.

Kathy’s advice

  • Get a support system or a network (eg, ISTSS)
  • Take self-care seriously and Get a life!

Kathy’s go-to books

Interview Links

Gil Reyes, PhD
Guy Macpherson, PhD. The Trauma Therapist Live!: Authenticity & The Trauma Therapist

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