Kente was founded by Larry G. Tucker, LMFT, and J. Phillip Rosier, LMFT in 2004. Kente is currently led by Larry G. Tucker and a clinically diverse staff with professional training in marriage and family therapy, psychology, and social work. We are proud of our staff’s cultural and ethnic diversity. Our staff has over 80 years of combined experience in the social service field.
As a group of prominent relationship professionals, Kente has several therapists who have presented at local and national conferences and to general audiences on a variety of topics including working with individuals, couples, families, African American boys, GLBTQ, cultural competence, spirituality, and parenting issues.
Our staff work from a systemic and relational perspective with a strength-based focus, which utilizes many schools of therapy including experiential, narrative, emotionally focused, interactive, solution-focused, and cognitive/behavioral therapy.
Our therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. We integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual, couple, or family.
Our Name: The meaning of Kente Circle
The name Kente Circle evolved from a process that was facilitated by people in the community with a goal and desire to examine and illuminate the connectedness between individuals, families and communities.
The word Kente comes from West Africa’s Kente Cloth. Kente Cloth is very colorful pieces of fabric that are hand woven. According to the tradition of how Kente Cloth is created, the meaning of each piece is different depending on what parts (county of reign) in West Africa it was made in. The colors of Kente Cloth are told to have different meaning and symbolism that is often connected to the community or village it originated from. Kente cloth is made as strips with a variety of colors and a unique woven design that sets each piece apart. Each Kente Cloth comes with its own story.
For us this Cloth is representative of how we see ourselves, the people we serve in therapy and the people we are living with in the communities where we reside. How Kente Cloth is made and what it symbolizes exemplifies how we (Kente Circle) see the individuals, families and communities that we are part of. Each person comes with his or her own experiences (colors) in life that tell their story. Symbolically each strip of Kente Cloth represents an individual. Communities are represented by a number of strips being sewn together to create a larger piece. This piece illustrates a picture about how people are connected with a shared story.
The Circle part of our name represents our belief that there is a circular nature to life.
Furthermore, the Circle is also symbolic of the fact that it does not matter where you start, we all end up were we are meant to be; the Circle embodies the cycle of life and how patterns often repeat themselves to give new opportunities.
All of our therapists are Masters- or PhD-level therapists. They are licensed as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC).
Some of our therapists are Minnesota State Approved LMFT Supervisors, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisors, and Minnesota State Approved LPCC Supervisors.
The “Family Friendly” award was presented to Kente Circle in 2010 by the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT).
A number of our therapists are or have been professors and adjunct professors at the University of Minnesota, St. Mary's University and at Argosy University.
Our Staff's Memberships
- National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
- Minnesota Black Psychologist