MacKenzie Stuart received her BA in Political Theory from Scripps College. Searching for a volunteer opportunity that would offer a sense of community connection, she joined Crisis Support Services of Alameda County as a community volunteer on their suicide and crisis hotlines. Discovering a knack for crisis intervention and the world of mental health, MacKenzie returned to graduate school to earn her MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
MacKenzie continues to work at Crisis Support Services as part of the Community Education team, presenting a nationally recognized best practices curriculum on depression and suicide to middle and high school students as part of a program that reaches over 10,000 youth annually.
Over her tenure at Crisis Support, MacKenzie worked as a therapist with the Stress Project, School-Based Counseling Program, Counseling for Older Adults Program, and Grief Program. Her clients ranged in age from 5 to 82 years old! To learn more about the services Crisis Support offers, please visit their website.
MacKenzie has received specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, as well as conflict de-escalation. In addition to her extensive personal experience, she has received training in the issues that impact members of the adoption triad.
MacKenzie sees private pay clients as an intern in private practice with Alameda Counseling Associates. She offers a sliding fee scale.