Our Roots

Kindred Connections Therapy Center is a community based behavioral health center dedicated to restoring connections for the community’s most vulnerable children, youth and families.  Kindred Connections' services are concentrated in four areas of service: counseling, educational testing, psychoeducational groups and professional development training. 

With the launch of our private practice in 2017, we specialize in trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and behavior disorders in children and adolescents. We provide school based, short and long term counseling for a range of issues from day to day worries and frustrations to complex behavioral health concerns.  

Our goal is to significantly improve mental health outcomes for vulnerable children by creating an intense focus on restoring family engagement and attachment. The families we serve have experienced multiple traumas and reside in some of our city's most distressed communities. Our work focuses on building a complete continuum of care around the family that links them to educational and community supports.

Hours of Operation 

Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm

Saturday: By Appointment

Sunday: Closed

Our Clinical Director

Manicka Thomas, LISW

Clinical Director

Manicka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience providing individualized, family and group based mental and behavioral health services with children, adolescents and adults. With a specialization in School Social Work her expertise is working with children and adolescents ages 5-16 impacted by trauma.  Her focus is working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, ADHD and PTSD. She also works with teen and adults ages 17 - 35 experiencing racial stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and suicidal thoughts.

She uses approaches to therapy that involve understanding the body-mind connection, the impact of childhood attachment and healing the entire family by restoring healthy interactions. She is trained in EMDR, CBT, and Functional Family Therapy. She served as an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College's Department of Social Work and at Central State University.

Through her website Manickathomas.com she facilitates CEU trainings for social service professionals and is a frequent speaker on issues related to mental health and trauma within the community.