MacKenzie Colgan, LGPC, is a therapist with a diverse background having worked in school-based, inpatient, and outpatient clinical settings with children and adolescents, and their families. Ms. Colgan specializes in working with neurodiverse individuals and in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, self-regulation, and executive functioning. She is trained in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), play therapy, and a variety of emotion-regulation and self-regulation strategies. Her work includes self-advocacy, social-anxiety, self-awareness, executive function, and emotional regulation. Her therapeutic approach is child-centered, strengths-based and individualized to the family. Ms. Colgan recognizes that each family has unique strengths that they bring to the therapeutic process. She believes it is important to have an on-going collaborative relationship throughout treatment. She strives to create a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental space that is nurturing for the individual and their families.
Ms. Colgan holds a BS in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Washington University. She has post-graduate clinical experience working at Shady Grove Inpatient Behavioral Health for children and adolescents where she received trauma informed and crisis stabilization training. Ms. Colgan provided individual and group therapy utilizing cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and play therapy, and emotion-regulation strategies such as, mindfulness and relaxation. Family sessions were integral in providing support and empowering the family system during these challenging and often novel times. Ms. Colgan also provided mental health counseling services to students with autism spectrum and related disorders at the Ivymount School. She taught social skills based in social thinking, flexibility, and self-regulation utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches, PEERS social skills and Unstuck and On Target curriculums.
Ms. Colgan also provides executive function coaching to adolescents and young adults for study skills, job coaching, and daily skills living. Her work focuses on fostering independence, self-awareness, and navigating social, work, and family relationships.