Mackenzie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated with her MSW in 2012. Mackenzie specializes in working with very young children (0-6), parents, and LGBTQ youth. For four years, Mackenzie supervised the Triple Point program – the only LGBTQ support group for queer youth in Clark County.
My Practice Foundations:
Here’s the truth – I believe that love is the closest thing in real life we have to magic. It contains healing powers. The relationship between a parent and a child is the most important relationship for children and their primary source for experiencing and learning to love. I also understand that parenting brings up all kinds of issues that parents did not even know they had, and it can make the process of parenting and connecting with your child feel challenging and downright impossible sometimes. There are also times when child behavior becomes so difficult to deal with that the connection ruptures and feels too hard to repair. For these and so many other reasons, when I work with young children, I’m really working with parent(s) and child. I’ll help you mitigate problem behavior, develop coping skills, and – most importantly – build the loving connection that will help your relationship thrive, and in turn, foster the resilience of your child.
In my work with LGBTQ youth, I’ve consulted and connected with physicians, schools, parents, and lawyers to help young people navigate, what can be, a very scary and dangerous world. I try to make my office the safest space possible for youth to try on different hats, explore different parts of their identity, work through fears about coming out, peer/family acceptance, and navigating the medical services. Even though we live in a much more accepting time than even just a few years ago, the stakes are still high, and the risks still real. I can, and will, help you through the ups and downs of that journey.
I am from the great PNW: Born in Seattle, I spent most of my youth in Battle Ground, WA and graduated from BGHS in 2001 (and voted Class Clown). I went to undergrad at Washington State University in Pullman, and graduate school at Eastern Washington University. My work history includes TeenTalk (a youth suicide prevention hotline), Clark County drug and alcohol services, Lifeline Connections (both inpatient and outpatient services for adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders) and Children’s Home Society of Washington (working with children and families). I’m trained and certified in eight different evidence-based parenting curricula. And while I do have two young children of my own that I co-parent with my partner – I know firsthand how challenging, hair-pulling, sleep depriving, frustrating, rewarding, heartwarming, humbling, and awesome the job can be.
I was recently published in the July 2016 edition of the Zero To Three Journal for my work on an innovative new curriculum for parents with young children to foster attachment and overcome trauma. I’m also an approved supervisor for Reflective Consultation/Supervision for Infant Mental Health endorsement through the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health.
My social work hero is Brene Brown, and my current obsession is Hamilton, an American Musical, and all things Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’m a big fan of poetry and have been known to write emails in the form of Haiku just for kicks.