Mackenzie Amara


About The Teacher

Mackenzie is a soul-scientist, a thought-rebel, a movement enthusiast, a wordsmith, and a healer. She holds a masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and is a certified 5Rhythms® teacher. She also holds a certificate in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy issued by The New School & The Center for Optimal Living in NYC, as well as a certificate in Holistic Psychology from the Open Center in NYC. She is currently pursuing advanced study to become a Jungian analyst and is passionate about exploring myth, story, and symbols through the lens of movement and the body. Mackenzie has experience with a diverse range of people. Her first service work was as a volunteer English teacher in the heart of the Amazon rainforest where she lived with the natives Achuar people. Over the course of many months, she studied the ways of the indigenous peoples through ceremony, dream interpretation, and ritual. During her undergraduate studies, Mackenzie worked in a women's correctional facility in Washington state, where she lead group therapy for the pregnant or post-natal inmates. Later, in her early 20s, she worked with the incarcerated young people at Riker's Island, a prison in NYC, where she lead a weekly dance & art therapy group. In the past three years she has volunteered, worked, and served in a clinical capacity with the homeless & mentally ill populations of Harlem and Brooklyn, assisted in clinical intake with patients suffering from suicidality, and attended numerous lectures and trainings on mental health and community outreach. Mackenzie brings insight, clarity, and wisdom to her work as a therapist & 5Rhythms® teacher. She is eager to expose ever-deeper levels of truth in the therapeutic process, and she draws insight from her personal experiences with madness, darkness, and the shadow realms. Because of her own voyages into the void, she is adept at holding space for people through their most challenging and scary times, and offers a calm, grounded presence to all who are ready to receive it.

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