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Kenneth Palmer, MSW, LCSW-A, PGTC

Kenneth is the founder of Valor Horses for Heroes which is a practice providing specialized trauma therapy. Kenneth is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certified Mental Health Professional and Equine Specialist. Kenneth also carries an Individual Military Designation. Kenneth served on Active Duty in the United States Navy as an Independent Duty Corpsman for 15 year prior to leaving the military to begin graduate school. Kenneth spent most of his career caring for Marines in some of the most austere environments imaginable. While on active duty he deployed four times with Marine Corps units to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sicily. Kenneth has also been a volunteer firefighter for over a decade and helped law enforcement officers in the past when they encountered individuals that were suffering from a potential mental health emergency to ensure they obtained the help they needed versus being incarcerated.

Kenneth understands firsthand the trauma that individuals can be subjected to and the importance of receiving quality mental health treatment. Kenneth believes that there is something unique and powerful in the unspoken bond between humans and horses. Kenneth has created a practice that is dedicated to helping people overcome the trauma that they have experienced in a client centered environment. Kenneth has worked extensively with active-duty personnel, veterans, firefighters, EMS personnel, law enforcement officers and victims of physical/sexual assault. Kenneth believes in the internal strength of individuals and their ability to overcome their past. Kenneth completed a Bachelor of Clinical Health Science degree from the George Washington University and then graduated from the University of New England with a Master of Social Work degree. Kenneth specializes in trauma treatment and has completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training along with FLASH, and A-TIP techniques to reduce distress quickly and painlessly. Kenneth has completed a Post Graduate Trauma Certificate from the University of Tennessee.