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Hi, I'm Kathy Mackechney

Long before I became a therapist, I was adopted. My parents had two biological sons, were unable to have a third child and wanted a girl, so they adopted me. Even before then, though, I was relinquished. 


I make the distinction between relinquishment and adoption, because those are two separate events, and I believe the root of many “adoption issues" lies with relinquishment and the experience of having been separated from one’s original parents, especially one’s first mom/birthmom. I was relinquished at birth, placed in foster care and then placed with my adoptive family when I was 10 weeks old. Even those of us who were relinquished at birth, though, before we developed conscious memory, lived through the experience, and our bodies remember, which can lead us to respond as though it is happening again--a post-traumatic response.


My personal experiences led me to become a therapist who specializes in adoption issues so I could help other adoptees, as well as the people close to themI work with adult adoptees, adopted children/teens and their parents, first/birth parents, prospective adoptive parents and the partners of adoptees. 


Credentials​

A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Licensed Clinical 

Social Worker (LCSW)

Master's of 

Social Work (MSW), University of Denver

Post-Master's Certification, Marriage and Family Therapy, Denver Family 

Institute

Training, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy