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Odile McKenzie, LCSW- Clinical Supervisor
My name is Odile (Oh-Deal) McKenzie. I was born and raised in St. Lucia and moved to the U.S at the age of 17. Moving to the U.S was more challenging than I ever anticipated. I had to get used to so many things including, but not limited to, the food and school. Luckily, I moved to what I believe to be the best palace for an immigrant child; Crown Heights Brooklyn.
Brooklyn embarrassed and affirmed me by providing me with a similar culture and people that sounded, partied and looked like me. The West-Indian pride and energy that flowed through every Soca song and Jerk-chicken spot in Crown Heights provided me with the tenacity to navigate the challenges of what it means to be Black and marginalized in the U.S. These challenges consciously made me want to be a Social Worker, so I could help my community.
However, after many years of reflection, I believe I was looking for the answer on how I could heal myself.
I have been a therapist since 2009 after I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Albany. At the core and in the fabric of my work is connecting to people through my own personal history of suffering.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal theory in my work with clients. I bring not only my skills but by humanity, compassion, life-experiences, and culture to my work. I am a staunch advocate of supporting my community and destigmatizing mental health.
I have brought this passion into every position that I have held as a social worker with includes being an Inpatient Social Worker, Psychotherapist, director of a mental health clinic, and clinical supervisor.