About MacKenzie

Hopefully, you expect a therapist to be warm, caring, empathetic, and helpful, so I won't emphasize those qualities here. Here are some of what MacKenzie considers to be her more unique features:
  • Nonjudgmental even when not neutral
  • High energy, whimsical, and mirthful
  • Skilled at verbally describing internal decision-making and emotional processes, often with terrible yet effective metaphors
  • Excellent pattern recognition and analytical skills
She also has very neat handwriting, but that is rarely clinically relevant.

Educational Chops
MacKenzie has a BA in Political Theory from Scripps College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

MacKenzie's initial experience in the mental health field was with Crisis Support Services of Alameda County. In addition to spending six years working their suicide and crisis hotlines, she served as a therapist for displaced workers, children and adolescents, older adults, and folks grieving a loss. Her clients ranged from age from 5 to 82 years old. She also worked with 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. To learn more about the services Crisis Support offers, please visit their website

MacKenzie is proud to have served as an intern in private practice with Audrea Butler Acuña at Alameda Counseling Associates.

Today, she is the Program Manager for two service teams that provide case management to adults struggling with homelessness, mental health challenges, and substance use issues as part of Bay Area Community Services.

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's received instruction in the issues that impact members of the adoption triad.

MacKenzie is a member of CAMFT, itEast Bay and San Francisco chaptersand Bay Area Open Minds.
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