Counselor MacKenzie Dunham

Mackenzie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated with her MSW in 2012. Mackenzie specializes in working with LGBTQ youth and their families. For four years, Mackenzie supervised the Triple Point program – the only LGBTQ support group for queer youth in Clark County. She is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator Candidate, working in consultation toward certification in multiple curricula based on the research of Brené Brown.

My Practice Foundations:

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 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.

Here’s the truth – I believe that love and genuine, authentic connection are the closest things in real life we have to magic. They contain healing powers. I’ve built my practice on a solid base of research and skills that support people in expanding their capacity for connection. This includes eight different parenting curricula, as well as the clinical work that is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Ph.D., LCSW: The Daring Way™and Rising Strong™.

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process, facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Further information is available at www.thedaringway.com.

About Rising Strong:

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Rising Strong is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.

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 and connect. 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 connect 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 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.

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.

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