ABOUT RESTORATION COUNSELING
Therapy that is personalized for you.
My name is Mackenzi Kingdon, and I am a licensed mental health counselor associate in Washington State (MC.60633251). In my experience, I have come to learn that the most important thing about therapy is getting to know who you are. We all come from many cultural backgrounds - different ethnicities, gender identification, sexuality, family structures, religions, cities, countries, and the list goes on. 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 very different backgrounds. Learning this about you is key to the process of therapy for me.
I want to learn who you are because one size does
not always fit all when it comes to therapy.
Other Areas of Focus
Adjustment, Acculturation, Anger, Anxiety, Child anxiety/phobias, Couples, relationships, Cultural adaptation, Depression, Feminism, Grief, Hopelessness, Immigration difficulties, Intersectionality, Life transition, Reconciliation, Racial/cultural identity, Sexual orientation/identity, Spirituality, Stress, Teen anxiety, Teen depression, Teen stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work/academic stress, and many more!
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!
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.
THERAPY TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
COUNSELING & THERAPY TECHNIQUES
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. 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 incorporate mindfulness when appropriate, as well as other humanistic techniques.
COMMITMENT TO CULTURAL COMPETENCY IN THERAPY AND COUNSELING
In my professional training I have obtained specialized experience working with adult individuals, youth, and young children. I have vast experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ communities and Latin@ communities. I hold a degree in (get ready, it's a long one...) 'Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Latin@ 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. Differences should be explored and celebrated, and I encourage discussions about privilege, identity, and intersectionality in my office.
SPIRITUAL & EXISTENTIAL EXPLORATION
With an undergraduate background in theological studies 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. This is something I am happy to discuss in session if it comes up. I also have experience and interest in the topic of spiritual abuse as well.