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.
Over her six-year 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! She also served 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. To learn more about the services Crisis Support offers, please visit their website.
Today, in addition to her private practice, MacKenzie provides intensive case management services to adults living with chronic and severe mental illness 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 has received training in the issues that impact members of the adoption triad.
While currently on hiatus to prepare for her licensure exams, MacKenzie has seen private pay clients as an intern in private practice on a sliding fee scale with Alameda Counseling Associates.