Mackenzie grew up in Wyoming and attended college in Washington, D.C. on a running scholarship. Since then she has worked in various organizations and fields, including teaching English to professionals in Spain and to students in South Korea. Mackenzie’s interest in psychology grew out of her curiosity about people and her exposure to different cultures. During the 10 years that she lived and worked in New York City, she began her psychology studies and research experience at Columbia University before transferring to City College to complete her master’s degree. At City College, she had the opportunity to provide counseling to first and second generation immigrant students from around the world.
As part of her doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of Denver, Mackenzie continued her work with students in public and private universities, as well as at a community mental health center specializing in services for refugees and immigrants. Across settings, Mackenzie is interested in the ways in which environment, cultural identities, and underlying social systems shape our experiences. Mackenzie seeks to learn more about her clients’ intersectional contexts and believes that profound change can occur through mutually empathic and empowering relationships.
The thing you'd most like to do
I would love to guest host a talk show like Fresh Air.
Areas of interest
Identity development, existential issues, cultural homelessness, intergenerational conflict, family of origin issues, trauma, first gen and non-traditional students, LGBTQ+