We had the good fortune of connecting with Macala Lacy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Macala, what’s your definition for success?
I agree with Maya Angelou: “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.”
What should our readers know about your business?
The Well Healing 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, connection to local events, groups, employment opportunities, and more. I work with Black and people of color by integrating my experience and knowledge as clinical mental health therapist and yoga teacher.
So how exactly does a marginalized Black queer femme develop into an EMDR trained yoga psychotherapist and founder of The Well Healing?
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. Unfortunately, access to culturally affirming mental and emotional support was not available at that time.
My purpose now is to help fill in this gap. I deserved better and so do the communities I serve. There is a lot, structurally and individually, working against our wellbeing, but we are always capable of wellness, even if we are wounded. I hope you will join us at The Well!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beaches are my favorite part of San Diego. I highly recommend visiting Mission Beach! Downtown SD is where the night life is at. It’s also a beautiful place to enjoy the city lights.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Thank you to my ancestors who’ve made everything possible.
Mackenzie Lacy Julius Franklin Fabletics