Kendra Surmitis | Prescott College

Kendra Surmitis

Ph.D., LPC
Academic Statement

Kendra A. Surmitis, Ph.D., LPC is an associate faculty member for the counseling program at Prescott College. Before joining Prescott’s counseling program in 2018, she served as a counselor educator and professional counselor with emphases on social justice, mindfulness, and wellness. Her training began at Xavier University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in community counseling. She then completed her doctoral degree at the College of William & Mary in 2014, where she focused on counselor education, supervision, and college student mental health. Her clinical and research interests include self-authorship, mindfulness, self-injury, and psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy. Kendra has several years of clinical experience, serving a broad range of clinical populations including women and children in crisis, those suffering with substance use disorders, college students, and incarcerated women living with dual mental health diagnoses. Kendra serves on faculty, coordinates admissions efforts for the counseling program, teaches yoga, and owns a private counseling practice in North Carolina where she treats adults and couples with mental health related issues. Currently, she resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Alex, and their two cats, Frasier and Daphne. Hiking, camping, and aviation compliment her professional aspirations as a professional counselor and counselor educator. 


Surmitis, K. A., Fox, J., & Gutierrez, D. (April, 2018). Mindfulness and appropriation. Counseling & Values.

DeVoss, J. A. & Surmitis, K. A. (2016). Partners in justice: School counselors and teachers creating classrooms for social justice. In Papa, R., Eadens, D. & Eadens, D. (Eds.), Empowerment on the Chalkboard. New York, NY: Springer.

Richardson, B. G. & Surmitis, K. A. (2014, November). Responding to the rise in self injury among youth. Counseling Today.

Richardson, B. G., Surmitis, K. A., & Hyldahl, R. S. (2012). Minimizing social contagion in adolescents who self-injure: Treatment considerations for group work, residential treatment, and the internet. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 34(2), 121-132.



Surmitis, K. A. (February, 2017). Ethics and Interpersonal Boundaries in Supervision. Invited, pre-conference workshop. Presented at the South Carolina Counseling Association in Isle of Palms, SC

Surmitis, K. A. (August, 2016). Culture and displaced persons: The clinical significance of home. Presented at the Diversity and Counseling Summer Institute, hosted at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

Surmitis, K. A. & Honeycutt, D. (October, 2014). Cultivating the voice within: Mindfulness for empowerment of emerging adults. Presented at the American College Counseling Association Conference in San Antonio, TX

Surmitis, K. A. & Honderich, E. M. (February, 2013). Cognitive development: A meta-theoretical approach to eclecticism. Presented at the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Harrisonburg, VA

Surmitis, K. A. (June, 2012). Silence, serenity, and schizophrenia: Introducing meditation and mindfulness to individuals with severe mental illness. Presented at the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling in Santa Fe, NM

Surmitis, K. A. & Hall, N. (May, 2012). Thriving and surviving in higher education: Women’s perspectives on success in scholarship. Presented at the Counseling & Psychotherapy Postgraduate Conference at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland

Nelson, M. & Surmitis, K. A. (February, 2009). MCMI-III usage in child custody evaluation. Presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in New Orleans, LA