ABOUT RESTORATION COUNSELING
ABOUT MACKENZI KINGDON, LMHC
My name is Mackenzi Kingdon, and I am a licensed mental health counselor associate in Washington State. I am passionate about helping clients like you live the life they've always dreamed of.
I believe one size does not fit all when it comes to therapy. What may work for someone else, may not work for you. I want to get to know you on a deeper level so I can customize therapy to help you achieve your goals.
MY THERAPEUTIC BACKGROUND
I have a background in helping adults and teens overcome a number of problems. Below you can find my specialties and other areas of experience. I received my master's degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University, and my bachelor's degree in theology from Seattle Pacific University. Before starting my private practice I worked in clinics in California providing counseling to adults and teens in the LGBTQIA+ community. I have also worked providing counseling services to undocumented folks going through the process of immigration court. Throughout my experiences, I have worked hard to help people overcome anxiety and trauma.
OTHER AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Adjustment, Acculturation, Anger, Relationships, Cultural adaptation, Feminism, Grief, Hopelessness, Immigration difficulties, Imposter syndrome, Intersectionality, Life transition, Reconciliation, Racial/cultural identity, Sexual orientation/identity, Spirituality, Stress, Teen anxiety, Teen depression, Teen stress, Work/academic stress, and many more!
THERAPY TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
TRAUMA & ANXIETY SPECIALIST
While I have worked with many clients struggling with many different problems, trauma and anxiety are my specialties. I have several years of experience treating people dealing with anxiety and traumatic stress - and I can proudly say I have watched incredible change take place. As strange as it sounds, I am always excited to see people who want to recover from anxiety and trauma because I know I can help!
COUNSELING & THERAPY TECHNIQUES
I was trained in Post-Modern therapies, specifically Narrative therapy. I am also trained in EMDR. Narrative therapy allows me to do what I love most - to learn your story and help you write the story you've always dreamed of. Narrative therapy allows us to have conversations that go deep into your values, your history, and what you believe about the world. These conversations can lead to healing and the recovery of your own power. I also use many other techniques and incorporate mindfulness when appropriate, as well as other humanistic techniques. EMDR is another approach I use. Click here to learn more about it!
COMMITMENT TO CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN THERAPY AND COUNSELING
In my professional training I have obtained specialized experience working with adult and teen individuals. I have vast experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ communities and Latinx communities. I hold a degree in (get ready, it's a long one...) 'Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Latinx Communities'. My education and experience have prepared me to work well with others who might identify differently than me. As a therapist, it is important to acknowledge the ways in which I am privileged - I don't pretend to be colorblind or ignorant to our differences. I am very aware it can be difficult for a person of color to see a white therapist. Differences should be explored and celebrated, and I encourage discussions about privilege, identity, and intersectionality in my office.
SPIRITUAL & EXISTENTIAL EXPLORATION
With a bachelor's degree in theology from Seattle Pacific University, I enjoy exploring topics of spirituality of all shapes and sizes. No matter what you believe, the topic of existence is always relevant and often connected to religion or spirituality. This is something I am happy to discuss in session. I welcome conversations about spirituality from all religious backgrounds and points of view.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE...
I adore being a therapist. It is a great honor for me to meet every one of my clients and get to know them on a deep level. I believe in deepening our relationship by allowing you to get to know me as well.
I have lived in Seattle nearly my entire life. I was born and raised in Edmonds, lived in Kirkland for a brief time, and did my undergrad at Seattle Pacific University. For a little while I lived in Tijuana, Mexico to take a break from school and pursue my budding passions. After returning, I left again for a few years to get my master's degree at Pepperdine University in California. Oh, how I missed Seattle while I was gone! As dismal as the winter can be, I love the rain! I welcome it as an excuse to be cozy inside with a cup of coffee, a good movie, and a blanket.
My husband, Caleb, and I live in Shoreline with our puppy, Zero. He is an Australian Shepherd (the puppy, not my husband!) and is full of love and energy. I am currently working on training him to become a therapy support dog. Stay tuned for updates on that! We also have a pet hedgehog named Hodor.
When I'm not in my office, I am spending time with loved ones, painting, or (*let's be real*) binging on a really great TV show. In the summer, I enjoy camping and spending a day at the lake! I welcome you to ask questions about me if you have them! Thank you for reading.