Rhett McKenzie uses an integrative approach to counseling, pulling from different schools of counseling, along with Biblical Truth, in order to tailor his approach to meet the individual needs of his clients. His two main approaches are brief solution-focused counseling in order to teach clients problem-solving skills to equip them to produce their own solutions in dealing with their daily issues, as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach. He has experience working with children, teens, and adults. He specializes in helping individuals through grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, pornography, and spiritual issues.

Rhett believes that most of our issues stem from damaged relationships with God, self, and others because of our behaviors that are dictated by the way we think about and perceive things. If we can change the way we think (a renewal of the mind), through hard work we can change our behaviors and strengthen our relationships with God, self, and others. The Apostle Paul speaks to this in Romans 12:2 when he states: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Rhett is a Nationally Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor. He is certified to administer PREPARE/ENRICH Assessments, a tool for pre-marital/marital counseling. He is also a member of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS), and serves on the board for the Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT). He is trained in Theraplay and the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model to work with children who have attachment challenges and is a TBRI® Educator, in order to provide attachment-based therapy for children and their caregivers. Rhett is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), helping individuals process trauma.

He holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Although an avid LSU fan, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in Social Work.

He has been with Pathways since May of 2012.