Vanessa M. Kennedy is the founder & CEO of Code 1 Wellness.
Ms. Kennedy began her career in the medical field at the age of 18, working in various medical facilities. In 2009 Ms. Kennedy graduated from the Police Academy and started working as a Law Enforcement Officer for 10 years and is still an active officer today. Since the beginning, Ms. Kennedy has been deeply interested in the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training and Officer Wellness. Ms. Kennedy always had a deep interest in mental health. The passion for officer wellness was exhibited by the hard work she has put into creating Code 1 Wellness. Ms. Kennedy founded Code 1 Wellness which is in the business of mental health, wellness, and our public servants. The operations of Code 1 Wellness are rapidly growing quickly within the Greater Kansas City Communities. Ms. Kennedy believes that “We are here to protect those who protect others”. –Vanessa Kennedy
Ms. Kennedy launched Code 1 Wellness in May 2018 when her dream became reality. Since Code 1 Wellness has been launched, the amount of response from heartfelt individuals has been overwhelming and a massive support for our organization. Passionate about mental health, wellness, and our public servants, Ms. Kennedy has a thirst for knowledge and continues to exceed the expectations of her fellow peers. Ms. Kennedy continues to stay at the cutting edge of mental health, in both wellness and our public servants.
Mary Catherine - Director of Therapy / Vice President
My name is Mary Catherine, I was born in Kansas City, Kansas, but I reside in Kansas City, MO. I am a Mother, Aunt, and a Grandmother. I have two adult children, which one is a First Responder, and the other is a Nutritionist Specialist. As a family we have learned through the years the importance of sharing our ups and downs and how important it is to work through them. Finding the solutions can create a better way of life.
I am a graduate of Capella University where I obtained my Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree, and my ungraduated degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. I have 16 years counseling experience in an inpatient/outpatient setting with special interest working with first responders, their families and their children. I have helped first responders individually, their families and children with issues related to, and my specialties in, Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflicts, Trauma (PTSD), Substance Use, and Relationships Conflicts. Also, I have worked with clients with Grief/Loss, Sleeping Disorder, Anger Management, and Self-Esteem.
My counseling style is a combination of warm and empathetic, along with tactful honesty and accountability. I believe in mutual respect and compassion. I encourage my clients to be honest with me and if something is not working, to speak up and tell me. I believe in allowing my clients to take ownership of their therapy and gain skills in advocating for themselves and their loved ones. I also believe in understanding the human condition of imperfection and we all make mistakes. I use a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psycho education, psycho dynamic, and humanistic treatment approaches. I understand that sometimes all a person needs is an active ear, but also quick and useful solutions to problematic symptoms or issues. I will create a balance within my counseling style based on your needs and preferences. I also enjoy adding an element of humor in my treatment when it is appropriate.
It takes a great amount of courage to ask for help. I look forward to helping you through your journey and learning more about yourself. My goal is to help empower you to improve what is working well for you and give you the tools to help change what is not working for you.
I look forward to starting this new journey with you, your family and your children.
LQMHP, MS MHC