Tegan MacKenzie

Tegan has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and a Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental)

To learn more about Tegan, read on …
What is your background?

As a psychologist, I have had the opportunity to work with many clients including children, young people, parents, carers, and teachers, across a variety of settings. I have a keen interest in development and relationships across the lifespan. My therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory and I utilise a range of evidence-based treatment modalities that best suit my individual client’s needs and circumstances.

I have experience supporting clients with a variety of mood, anxiety, behavioural, learning, and relational difficulties. I have worked in community organisations with women and children who have had experiences of domestic and family violence, and I have a background in child protection. I have also worked in roles where I have supported young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. This is a strong interest of mine.

I am also experienced in conducting psychoeducational and behavioural assessments.

Why do you like working with children, adolescents and families?

I enjoy working with children therapeutically in a playful, fun and engaging way. I love to hear their stories, to listen to their jokes, and to be given permission to enter into their worlds. I am passionate about the positive impact of delivering the right intervention at the right time, to support each child’s long-term healthy development and wellbeing.

I love working with adolescents and helping them as they navigate this time of huge shifts and change in their lives. I enjoy supporting them to figure out who they are, and who they might like to become. I am also passionate about working with adolescent clients to develop healthy relationships, with both themselves and others. I have a particular interest in working with young men, and giving them a space where they feel comfortable to express vulnerability.

As part of working with children and young people, I like to involve parents and caregivers in the process as I believe that so much therapeutic change happens outside of the therapy room. I am passionate about supporting families to understand and connect with one another better.

I am also a registered Circle of Security Parenting facilitator, and love joining parents on this journey of discovery about themselves and their child.

What are your strengths?

I would describe my therapeutic presence as kind, genuine, and gently curious. I bring a trauma-informed perspective to every aspect of my work, and I value creating a sense of safety and comfort in therapy above all else. The therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance to me, and I value and encourage regular feedback from my clients.

I practice in a non-judgmental way, and I am comfortable working with my clients exactly as they are. I have an emphasis on using neurodiversity-affirming practices with my clients.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I love to read, practice yoga, go for hikes, listen to podcasts, play videogames, and hang out with my dog Gordon and my cat Iggy.

It’s also really important to me that I find time to connect regularly with family and friends.