McKenna Mesak, Graduate Level Clinical Intern, Northwestern University
McKenna earned her undergraduate degree in Managerial Economics, with a minor in psychology, from University of California, Davis and is near completion in earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. McKenna has grown a deep passion for helping others struggling with mental health and intentionally walking alongside them in the process of personal growth and healing. She has a diverse professional background working with individuals experiencing homelessness, severe mental health challenges and finds rich meaning working as a counselor; focusing on depression, anxiety, OCD, self-esteem, relationship issues, grief and trauma.
McKenna values establishing and providing a safe space for her clients to explore their innermost selves with openness and curiosity. She believes healing occurs when we can examine our past experiences and look at how they may inform current ways of being. McKenna closely works with her clients to identify unhelpful patterns and self limiting beliefs that are not aligned with their deeper values and hopes. Regardless of the type of specific challenges and concerns that clients bring to counseling, it is her goal to support them in creating a life of authenticity and connection to self, others and the natural world.
When McKenna is not working with clients, you can find her skiing, hiking, spending quality time with friends, trying new restaurants and (happily) being a ‘stand-in dog mom’ for loved ones!
Favorite Quote: “One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”