Terresa McKenzie, MSW, RSW

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Hello, my name is Terresa McKenzie and I joined Interval Services as a partner in June 2016. With the belief that, at one point or another, every person needs someone who will listen and provide a fresh perspective. I am committed to creating a safe environment for everyone I work with.
 
Originally, I was inspired by the strength and resiliency of those in a transition house to whom I provided crisis intervention, as well as the elderly. After obtaining my bachelors degree, I worked with youth in (and out of) schools to provide a comfortable and supportive environment or them to address challenges and empower them to live happy and fulfilling lives. At times this involved mediating and finding tangible solutions to highly conflictual parental and child relationships. Often my work with youth and their families involved educating and advocating for them within the intersection of differing formal systems such as: mental health, the education system, health and hospital systems, ministry of children and family development, the legal system, as well as informal systems such as peer and family systems. 
 
Passionate about assisting the entire family unit I continued my education and focused on male anxiety and how it can affect relationships. Through this education I obtained my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of the Fraser Valley. Since that time, I have worked with individuals, families and youth, as well as developed and facilitated a variety of workshops in mental health, conflict mediation, abuse, suicide prevention, advocacy, grief and loss, divorce, empowerment, human rights, social justice, leadership and employment.
 
During my journey with clients I typically utilize an eclectic array of therapeutic approaches and practice models. Some of these are: brief solution focused, trauma informed, emotionally focused / attachment, social learning theory, anti-oppressive, systems theory, cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural and crisis intervention. These are all used in a person-centered, strengths based approach. 
 
Although each person and case is unique therapy my approach typically embodies short-term therapy; 8-12 sessions is the average. In couples and marriage and family therapy often I will work one-on-one with each individual with the other half divided between marital/couple and family therapy, or a combination of treatments. 
 
With an appreciation of personal connection, tangible and practical therapeutic techniques, both traditional and modern, I help by normalizing situations, overcoming vulnerabilities, increasing communication skills and discovering ways to live a happy life. 
 


Terresa McKenzie Reaches

Chilliwack BC