Biography

For as long as I remember I have been fascinated in human behaviour - why we say and do the things we do.  This has led me on an adventurous path of self discovery, and further education to enable me to connect with and support others.  Although I hold the necessary qualifications to work in my chosen field, I believe it is my personal experiences and genuine interest in people's stories that have best prepared me to work as an effective therapist.

 

I work collaboratively, empathetically and non-judgmentally with teenagers, adults and couples in treating a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, stress, persistent worry, grief and loss, relationship issues, assertiveness, anger, bullying, sexual abuse and other trauma-related difficulties, and general well-being.  Through my work, I have gained comprehensive experience working with personality disorders, trauma-related presentations and chronic suicidality.

My work is guided by the individual needs of a client and I adopt a flexible treatment approach dependent upon a client's needs and treatment goals.  I draw from a number of evidence-based therapeutic interventions including, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Rapid Desentisation (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness.

For the past ten years, I have worked in a variety of multi-cultural environments, within public mental health services, acute care/emergency, forensic facilities, non-government mental health services and private practice.

It is my belief that there are two vital components to finding the right support.  The first is finding a therapist with a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of the issues and evidence-based therapeutic interventions available to suit the clients needs and therapeutic goals.  The second is the therapeutic relationship.  Working together as equals without judgement or bias enables trust to be established and provides an inviting, safe and comfortable space to communicate in and work together.

Qualifications

Masters of Professional Psychology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology)

Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Mental Health)

Applied Neuroscience & Brain Health

Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 

Mental Health First Aid

Psychological First Aid

ASIST Suicide First Aid

Advanced Training - Suicide Prevention

Blue Card Holder

Yellow Card Holder

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Schema Therapy

Trauma-Focused Therapeutic Intervention

Trauma-Informed Care and Practice

Therapeutic Intervention with Complex Trauma

Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue

 

Registrations & Memberships

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi)

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMA)

EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA)

National Institute for the Clinical Application for Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Kirsten M Mackenzie

Psychologist | Counsellor
KM Mackenzie Psychology Pty Ltd
Suite 3/15 Heather Street
Wilston, Q, 4051
Tel: 0403 960 695
E: kirsten@kirstenmmackenzie.com
Web: kirstenmmackenzie.com