MacKenzie Sullivan

(LMSW)

About Me

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker who has spent the last 10 years serving clients in different roles. The last 4 years, I have been providing therapeutic services in various settings, including child/adolescent residential homes, inpatient setting, community mental health and in the correction system. I have a passion for working with children and families. What makes social work so stimulating and challenging is every individual is unique. Each story is compelling, presenting opportunities to learn and grow. In terms of therapeutic technique and strategy, one size will never fit all. A social worker must remain in the moment to capitalize on the strengths of each client. Micro level social work is often a journey of self-exploration by the client, meant to increase their level of self-understanding and self-awareness. Social workers merely act as the guide on this captivating journey. On some level of consciousness based on client’s experience in life, I believe the client is in possession of the answers to their questions. My role will be to make those answers explicit, helping clients identify, develop, and mobilize their own resources to successfully solve problems and meet challenges. This client-centered philosophy allows me to help individual in a way I have always dreamed of.
I view social work as an extension of human life and know I am blessed to work in a field that makes a difference in the lives of individuals. My desire to help people and my social work practice philosophy, well life philosophy, were formed at a very young age, and have only grown more intense. To explain my view in the most simple form, I will use a story many people have read, “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss. An elephant “hears a faint noise coming from a small speck of dust; it seems to him like a tiny person is calling out for help.” He “finds it peculiar that a dust speck could speak so he reasons that there must be a very small creature on it. Without being able to see the creature, he seems to know it is there and that it is his duty to save it from harm.” Met with only disbelief, “he holds tight to what he knows is true and learns from the voice that there exists an entire universe.” When many of my childhood friends and classmates were pretending to be astronauts, professional sport players, or characters from their favorite television show, I fantasized my faith in the unseen and strong inclination to help anyone in need would always match Horton’s. When my fellow human beings may doubt the likelihood of change, it will only spark my passion to try harder and make the impossible, possible.


Specialties

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

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMSW #6801099419 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Reviews

Written by S.T. on Jun 30, 2020 after counseling with MacKenzie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

MacKenzie is so understanding and patient. I appreciate that our conversations feel like a collaborative effort to overcome the challenges I face as opposed to someone just telling me what to do.

Written by H.O. on Jun 30, 2020 after counseling with MacKenzie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Mackenzie is very understandable and listen to you without judgement! I feel comfortable, safe, and supported when sharing my feelings, thoughts and circumstances with her! I feel she has been a great match for me and has done very well covering the things I need to work on.

Written by J.A. on Jun 27, 2020 after counseling with MacKenzie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. Cares about helping me accomplish my own emotional and mental goals. Also works hard to customize my treatment to my needs and schedule. 10/10

Written by S.A. on Jun 23, 2020 after counseling with MacKenzie for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Mackenzie has been very helpful and is always there when I need her if it’s an emergency she’s there! She been helping me a lot lately since I’m going through some hard times. Words can’t explain how great she is.