The Art and Science of Change
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I help people transform emotional pain into new resilience, growth, and happiness. Call (916) 549-5772 to find out how I can help you.
Steve Mackey is a cognitive-behavioral, exposure based, and motivational coherence-based mental health counselor and psychotherapist who offers individual counseling and psychotherapy services for issues related to anxiety, depression, fear, mood problems, low self-esteem, anger, habits, and relationship struggles for adults at 2020 Capitol Ave., Suite 5, Sacramento, CA 95811, serving the Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, Carmichael, Davis, and Galt communities. For more information contact 916 549-5772.
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About Steve Mackey
I completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Business Administration from CSU Sacramento in 1983, and a Master of Science in Counseling (Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, and School Counseling) from CSU Sacramento in 1990. I have been licensed as a marriage and family therapist since 1997 and have worked in a variety of therapy settings since 1985 with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families to help them build emotional and practical skills for a better life. My positions have included child care worker, then supervisor, Admissions Coordinator, and finally School Counselor/therapist at a residential treatment center for emotionally troubled adolescents for 5 years during the 1980s. From 1991-95 I worked for Sacramento County Child Protective Services as a Family Reunification Social Worker, then Court Investigator, interacting with the social work and legal fields.
In 1995 I took a position in the County's division of mental health as a classroom therapist in the San Juan Unified School District in a highly specialized program for troubled children in 4th-7th grades, doing individual, group, and family therapy, a position I held for eight years. When the program was made obsolete by changes in State regulations and funding, I counseled homeless adolescents and young adults at the WIND Youth Center, then worked in case management with school aged children who needed counseling services to help them succeed in their special education school programs. After 20 years with the County, I left to start a private therapy practice in 2011. I took a sabbatical for a few years to take a stab at writing a book (still in the works) and returned to my practice in late 2016.
Licensed marriage and family therapists are required to complete 36 hours of training every two years, so in addition to my education and experience, I have completed hundreds of hours of further training in areas related to the practice of psychotherapy, including trainings and conferences with some of the most influential and skilled clinicians in the field, including Albert Ellis, David Burns, William Doherty, Bruce Ecker, Julie Gottman, Salvador Minuchin, Ellyn Bader, Insoo Kim Berg, and numerous others. Together they have highly influenced my thinking and approach to therapy.
Additionally, I received weekly training in the T.E.A.M. model of cognitive-behavioral therapy under David Burns, M.D., of Stanford University, and his colleagues and former students from March, 2011 through May 2014. It has proven to be one of the most valuable professional trainings I have undergone. In 2013, I co-taught a cognitive-behavioral therapy course to the psychiatric residents at the University of California-Davis.
I have also received specialized training in Coherence Therapy, Love and Logic parenting methods, and have studied and trained in various practices of therapy including the Immunity to Change protocol, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and family systems therapy. Through it all, I return to and utilize most often the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy with a focus on exposure therapy that meets the criteria for memory reconsolidation with a motivational awareness component (click here for more information on these processes and how I work). I am passionate about improving the craft of therapy and helping others make personal changes to transform their lives.
When not focused on therapy, I enjoy spending time with my wife and friends, beers in the hot tub, watching our daughter develop into adulthood, hanging out with our dog and four cats, cooking and preparing healthy dishes, running and staying fit, learning Spanish, following politics, traveling, listening to music, going to Kings' games, following the Dodgers, reading obsessively, working on a book, and kayaking and photographing the American River.
For those wishing to read more about me and what personal life experiences and influences have contributed to my development as a therapist, click here.
Call today at (916) 549-5772 or email me here to schedule an appointment or discuss how I can help you make the changes you seek. A 20-minute phone consultation is always free. If your ready to get started right away, click here to schedule an appointment.