However long the night, the dawn will break.
There are various points in life where you might feel anxious, disorganized, frustrated, sadness or confusion, and those are the best times to talk to a a person who is not in your inner-circle, and won't make you feel judged.
I identify as a Systemic and Psychospiritual (Afro-Spirituality, specifically) Therapist, meaning that when we work together, I’m going to analyze people, places and societal influences, and can also help guide you through spiritual healing (if you would like).
My approach to counseling in is one of collaboration. My goal through working together is to help you understand how your circumstances are shaped by past and present relationships, cultural and inter-generational values. I will hold space for you with empathetic curiosity.
I specialize in tailoring each session to individual needs and trauma-informed care, acknowledging that some behaviors and thoughts are guided by events which one might not have been prepared to experience. There are many moments in live and people who influence our thoughts and feelings, and each should be explored carefully.
Sessions with me are compassionate, straightforward, thought-provoking,
and relaxed with just a touch of humor.
I provide support through Video Psychotherapy using evidence-based practices to help you feel more self-aware and hopeful for the next step in life.
Makini is a Swahili adjective that is used in many contexts but translates to:
That is the level and quality of services I strive to provide!
As a Black woman in America, I also want to acknowledge the deep and painful roots that many of us share. I've been providing racial trauma-informed mental health counseling since 2011, I've gotten a lot more involved as an activist and advocate, through workshops/webinars, writing and founding the 501(c)(3) Nonprofit
DMHS: Deconstructing the Mental Health System.
Video introduction here.
My name is Makinie. I identify as Black and Afro-Caribbean American. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has been working in mental health for a decade. I received my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 from Central Connecticut State University, and have worn many hats ranging from in-home counselor to case manager and social worker, in Connecticut, Florida and Washington State. Between 2014-2021, I worked for the State of Washington, most recently as a Therapist and Academic Advisor for a Free Therapy Program I co-created in January of 2020.
I decided to expand this part-time private practice to full time starting January of 2022, serving individuals, and specialize in processing racial trauma, navigating the workplace as Black people, Indigenous people and People of color, relationship dynamics, family life cycles, anxiety, and depression.
I created my private practice in 2017 out of the need to feel more grounded in holistic counseling as well as my continued dedication to systemic change to our current mental health system. I am very passionate about helping people feel attuned to their inner-most needs, in order to approach their loved ones more open, with compassion, a sense of self-confidence and self-worth.
When I'm not in "Therapy Mode", I am more than likely in "Geek Mode", watching Anime, sci-fi shows, or superhero movies, reading manga, exploring my cultural roots (e.x: African deities, Caribbean foods, etc), getting out in nature, engaging in socio-political advocacy & discourse, or watching really trashy reality/rom-com shows.