Today we’d like to introduce you to Macala “Kala” Lacy, AMFT & CYT.
Hi Macala “Kala”, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I serve my community as a mental health therapist, trauma-informed yoga teacher, and holistic health educator. I specialize in helping Black queer women, femmes, and nonbinary folks develop holistic coping strategies for complex identity trauma. I feel really honored to work with adults, teens (14-17), and couples interested in healing their relationships with themselves and others.
How exactly does a marginalized Black queer femme develop into an EMDR trained yoga psychotherapist and founder of The Well Healing? With a lot of time and a lot more love, in short.
As a young Black and queer girl, I experienced intersectional violence that wounded me to my core. Sometimes discussions of anti-Black racism, queer and transphobia, misogyny, classism, and ableism can become heady and conceptual. But each of us has felt the very material and lasting consequences of these experiences in and on our bodies, the ways we engage with the world, and how we understand ourselves. My physical, mental, and emotional health were significantly impacted by the different ways I was mistreated. I became very withdrawn, depressed, and in need of resources that could help me process and cope with what I was surviving. Unfortunately, access to culturally affirming mental and emotional support was not available. My purpose is to help fill in this gap.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My first official job at 16 years old was for a small, woman-owned clothing business as a commissioned artist. Before that, I was recycling, babysitting, and selling sweets. Being a business owner is its own special challenge, but I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and life seems to always bring me back to working for myself. My greatest obstacle was learning the worlds of business and finance so that I could create sustainability. Access to this knowledge felt limited firstly due to financial and cultural barriers and, ultimately, because of my disbelief that someone like me could work for themselves doing something they love.
It has required courage, creativity, and community to move beyond these challenges. I needed the courage to believe my dreams are worthwhile and that I am worthy of achieving them. I needed the creativity to materialize these dreams into practical means of supporting myself, especially with limited monetary support to get started. I needed my community of loved ones, colleagues, and ancestors to support me in my financial, emotional, and spiritual development along the way. I could never have achieved what I have alone. It continues to be a work in progress, and I return to these tools again and again with each new challenge. My hope is that this makes the path easier for marginalized and oppressed folx coming behind me, particularly nonbinary and queer Black women.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about The Well Healing?
The Well Healing (TWH) is a holistic health resource dedicated to historically underserved communities and individuals experiencing marginalization and oppression. We provide mental health counseling, holistic health education, trauma-informed yoga, and connection resources such as local events, groups, employment opportunities, and more.
TWH is unique in its multidimensional and holistic approach to community wellness. We honor indigenous wisdom in addition to evidence-based practice. Knowledge derived from the East, West, North, and South, the streets, academia, and our ancestors are interwoven to create accessible, conscious, and transformative wellness tools designed to heal the whole person. We offer diverse discussions and events ranging from medicalized mental health to astrology, yoga, the arts, queer identity, tarot… I invite you to come join us and discover for yourself!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: thewellhealing.com
- Instagram: @thewellhealing
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWellHeal
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/thewellhealing
Mackenzie A. Lacy Julius Franklin Fabletics