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Mackenzie Gilbert

MS Counseling, PLPC, NCC

About Me

Finding a counselor who provides safety, acceptance, and understanding is crucial. I am honored to support you as you vulnerably share your story and grow into a more self-compassionate, resilient, and authentic version of yourself. I primarily use a collaborative, person-centered approach to counseling, meaning I believe in building strong connections within the therapeutic relationship to create a warm, nonjudgmental space for people. I accept you as you are and fully believe that you are the expert on yourself. As you engage in self-exploration and bravely get to know yourself on a deeper level, I’ll be right by your side to provide guidance using evidence-based tools to help you navigate difficulties, develop your strengths, and reach your goals.


All ages are welcome, from children as young as five to adults age 105. I graduated with my Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in clinical mental health from the University of Central Missouri. I have experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, past trauma, relationship and friendship issues, people exploring their LGBTQIA+ identity, and those on the Autism spectrum. I am passionate about supporting individuals navigating body image and self-esteem issues. Each individual’s experiences are unique, meaning I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to counseling. In addition to person-centered theory, I also incorporate a variety of approaches based on the individual or child’s needs, including coping skill development, increased awareness of your thoughts and feelings, self-compassion practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) interventions, sand tray therapy, and play therapy techniques. 


My friends and family would describe me as intentional, creative, compassionate, and having a calming presence. Some of my favorite ways to spend my free time are reading, baking, exploring local coffee shops, spending time outdoors, hiking, doing DIY crafts, and searching for fun antique items!

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