Kristen Mackel, LCSW
Are you ready for change but not sure where to start? Do you ever feel like your emotions are overwhelming or not there at all? Or maybe your professional or athletic identity comes with the stereotype of being someone who "has it all together" thus leaving you feeling like seeking help would be a sign of weakness, failure, or unacceptable?
For the past 15 years I have been working with individuals who answered "Yes" to all or some of those questions through traditional Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs.
My passion and expertise are in treating teenagers and adults who identify as athletes, creatives, and public facing professionals. I utilize multiple therapeutic modalities to help you increase your resilience, grit, and performance. I work with a variety of presenting concerns including mood & anxiety disorders, trauma, body image & eating disorders, life transitions and performance enhancement.
In addition to my work with LMZ Wellness, I work in the Premier Athlete Program housed within UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, serving as the Director of Mental Health and Counseling services for student athletes at the University of Pittsburgh. I provide clinical mental health and performance-based services for NCAA Institutions, Professional and Olympic athletes, pre-professional students, and spotlight professionals in the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, I am listed on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee Mental Health Registry as a preferred provider.
I specialize in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE). I have received extensive training in these areas through Behavioral Tech, The Beck Instititute, The Center for Deployment Psychology, The Center for Evidence Based Treatment, The Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety, and The MSPE Institute.