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CarmenLeah McKenzie-Ascencio, LCSW

Wind in her Hair


Languages Spoken:

English, Spanish

Clinical Population Served:

Adolescents, College Students/Early Adults, Adults

My Approach to Therapy:

I am an eco-therapist, life-coach, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor and community theater facilitator. I have a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Public Health. I have extensive experience working with survivors of violence and abuse (including sex-trafficking), social justice activists, college students, people of color, LGBQT people, immigrants and refugees, people who work in the sex industry, and people in BDSM & polyamorous communities. As a queer Latina working in a field where there are few therapists of color and fewer queer therapists of color, it is my mission to provide socially/politically conscious, trauma-informed, therapy to people of color and queer and trans people of color. I integrate nature and spirituality into all of my approaches and refer to my style as "compassionately fierce", meaning I am deeply compassionate and will challenge you to change.

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Sliding Scale:


Amherst, MA

Accepting New Clients: 


Specialty Areas:

• Anxiety • Community Activists/Advocates • Depression • LGBTQIA+ • Spirituality • Trauma/PTSD

Service Types:

In-Network Insurances: 

BCBS, Tufts Health Plan

Therapy, TeleHealth/Video Sessions, Workshops & Seminars

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