Renee McKenna, MA, CCH
I grew up just south of Boston, the only child of fairly intellectual, radical right wing, gun toting parents who called having feelings "emotionalism," like it was a disease. By the age of five I thought my family was crazy and I'd better learn to take care of myself.
As a child, I found deep solace in the little patch of woods behind my house and have always loved animals, strong winds and the moon in any phase. It has taken time to make friends with my deeply emotional, intuitive and spiritual nature.
My twisty path has been full of extremes of failure and success. Addiction and recovery, Darkness and incredible grace. I like to say that I did so much therapy, I just decided to become a therapist myself.
I moved to San Francisco in 1999 to attend JFK University, where I earned an MA in Transpersonal Psychology. While at JFKU, I began a 14 year study of Depth Hypnosis and Shamanic healing with The Foundation of the Sacred Stream,
I love to explore nature with my 2 teens and 2 dogs. My hope is that those who come to my office may receive the level of healing and hope that I have received from this work myself.
My first book, Allies & Demons: Working With Spirit For Power And Healing is in it's final edits and I'm looking forward to expanding my practice to more groups and on line workshops. The power of groups is my happy place and loneliness is at the core of much of human suffering. My prayer is that I can use all of my gifts and talents to benefit the most people in this lifetime. We'll see. I'm just hitting my stride with my own ambition now, in my mid 50's.
In 2016-17, I had the privilege of leading San Francisco Women's March and serving on the amazing team of Women's March Bay Area as we organized those first historic marches in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco. That event changed my life.
Women's March started with the idea of one woman in Hawaii. It taught me to never underestimate the power of one person's idea to change the world. I left Women's March in spring of 2017, because I'm not really a political person, but I do want to make a difference. After much contemplation and prayer, it became clear to me that If we want to heal the world, we need to heal the people. American culture is what needs healing and culture is the product of its people. So I have written Allies and Demons as my small contribution to the wave that is working to shift our cultural compass toward collective solutions and away from xenophobia and fear.
I hope to provide grounded processes that inspire the healing and transformation that I have experienced. We each have something special to add to life. My mission is to empower others to bring their own unique light into the darkness that often seems to enfold us as humans.
For more about Women's March, click the photo below.