Mackenzie Frawley


About Me

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of San Francisco. As part of my education I completed the Buddhist Studies Program in Bodh Gaya, India through Antioch College. I had the privilege of combining my interests in mental health and mindfulness by working on research at the University of California, San Francisco on the impact of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on chronic depression. After beginning my clinical work in community mental health, I went on to complete my Master’s in social work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA where I completed internships in residential addiction recovery and college mental health.

I completed a post-graduate fellowship with Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco in Addiction Medicine and have since been employed with Kaiser in Adult Outpatient Mental Health Services. I am privileged to both provide mental health services locally and virtually to serve not only my community but to people needing assistance anywhere through BetterHelp.

I work from a philosophy that emphasizes authenticity, privileges the clinical relationship and acknowledges the client as the expert of their experience. I maintain a collaborative and supportive therapeutic space where emotional healing and growth can take place. As a clinical social worker, I am committed to anti-oppression and approach my work from a systems framework that is trauma-informed, gender and sexuality affirming and client centered. I am trained in and draw on psychodynamic theory as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based practices and addiction recovery philosophies (such as 12 step) in my clinical work. I have special interest in and experience working with the LGBTQ community, issues related to college, with gender issues, with depression, anxiety, addiction/substance abuse and codependency.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #89086 (Expires: 2021-05-31)


Written by C.A. on Aug 11, 2020 after counseling with Mackenzie for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Mac was easy to talk to and responsive over messaging outside our counseling sessions.