Mackenzi Kingdon, MA, LMHCA
I come from a non-judgmental place of total acceptance and curiosity about who you are.
Other Areas of Focus
Adjustment, Acculturation, Anger, Anxiety, Child anxiety/phobias, Couples, relationships, Cultural adaptation, Depression, Hopelessness, Immigration difficulties, Reconciliation, Racial/cultural identity, Sexual orientation/identity, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work/academic stress, and many more!
My name is Mackenzi, and I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State (MC.60633251). In my experience I have come to learn that "culture" is a very loaded word. While one might think culture means a specific ethnicity or community, I've come to learn that it really means that we all come from very different backgrounds. Some of us may look the same, but we likely were not raised the same. This is how I have come to understand the world - we are all beings with different cultural backgrounds. And in turn, this has influenced my work - I seek to learn your specific background because what may work for someone else may not work for you. My goal is to attune my therapy to you and your unique cultural background.
Anxiety in general can feel crippling. It can hold you back from seeing friends, family, accomplishing goals, and sometimes even leaving the house. Anxiety usually tells us that we're better off alone because it's too difficult to deal with the discomfort. My approach to anxiety and social anxiety is to help you regain power over it. By using approaches that are specifically attuned to your needs, we will examine anxiety together and find ways to gain control over it.
Spirituality & Spiritual Abuse
With a background in theology, I enjoy working on issues of spirituality with others. Whether you would like support in growing spiritually, or feel that you have been wronged in a spiritual setting - I would like to help. Spiritual abuse is often hard to recognize, so if you're curious if you've experienced this, please learn more on my blog post about Recognizing Spiritual Abuse. For some, spiritual abuse can be severe - being forced to look a certain way, say (or not say) certain things, be in relationship with certain people, etc. Religious groups and relationships are not inherently bad if you have the freedom to make decisions for yourself. It becomes more abusive and oppressive when you are stripped of your rights to be exactly who you want to be. If you have found yourself in a relationship or organization where you feel this oppression and difficulty to have a voice, we can work together on this. This is a tough topic and my approach is to look at every angle of it with you so you can find the power to choose exactly who you want to be spiritually.
Abuse: Sexual, Emotional, Physical
Abuse comes in all shapes and sizes, but it always does the same thing to the survivor - strip them of their perceived power. If you've been in a relationship where you've suffered abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual, etc.), you've likely felt that there is no way out - that you're trapped and powerless. I want to support you in this. The aftermath of an abusive relationship can leave you feeling weak and exhausted. Together we can work to reenergize and regain control of your own life. Whether it is happening today, or it happened in the past - I can help. I am a certified domestic violence advocate and have specific training for survivors. For immediate support, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit their website at http://www.thehotline.org/.
I work with many people exploring sexual and cultural identity. This topic essentially weaves itself into all of the work I do. Finding your identity is a lifelong journey, starting as young children all the way into late adulthood. Our identities are shaped by many things - ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, geographical location, family of origin, physical abilities, illnesses, etc. Many find themselves to be marginalized in areas of their identity. There are many systems in place that disenfranchise specific identities (especially race, gender, and sexuality). Being oppressed by systems often leads to depression, anxiety, stress, anger, and more - and rightfully so. If you can relate, I want to work with you to explore your various identities and identify ways in which we can shrink depression, anxiety, and other problems.
I was trained in Post-Modern therapies, specifically Narrative therapy. While I was trained in many other popular therapies, I discovered that Narrative fit best with what I was trying to accomplish with my clients - to learn their story and support them as they continue to write it.
In my professional training I have obtained specialized experience working with adult individuals, youth, and young children. I specifically have vast experience working with members of the LGBTQIA+ communities and Latinx communities. With an undergraduate background in theological studies from Seattle Pacific University, I enjoy exploring topics of spirituality of all shapes and sizes. I have taken a particular interest in the topic of spiritual abuse as well. This, however, is not the extent of my interests and specializations!
I am currently the Clinical Director at Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling, and Education. At this non-profit organization, we seek to mobilize mental health resources for community members who have been directly affected by immigration policies. I have started two clinics at this organization and manage the graduate interns who practice counseling. I also provide psychosocial assessments for individuals in immigration proceedings through Puentes. In the past I have worked as a counselor/therapist in California at Pepperdine Community Clinic and the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center.