Kids (7-10), Early Adolescents (11-13), Middle Adolescents (14-18), College (18-21), Young Adults (20-30), Adults, Couples, Parents, Families Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD, Perfectionism, Phobias, Disordered Eating, Self Esteem, Relationship Stress, Abusive Relationships, Trauma, Narcissism, Stressful Life Transitions, Women’s Issues, LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Hello there! My name is Rachael. As a therapist, my approach is very warm, open-minded, and down-to-earth, and I love to use humor and personal vulnerability wherever possible. From my own personal mental health journey and experiences as a client, I know firsthand just how intimidating and transformative therapy can be all at the same time, so I am very passionate about making the process feel as normal, safe, and nonjudgmental as possible.
My goal as a therapist is to help you gain insight into the problems you are facing and develop personalized tools and techniques for you to feel more in control and empowered in your own life. I draw mostly from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in my work, but I’m always down to get creative and incorporate whatever strategies help you to express yourself most effectively! My approach is very positive and strengths-based, meaning that I focus on helping clients to see the value and potential in their own existing strengths while also identifying any constraints in their environment that might be limiting their growth. In addition to developing tools and strategies for coping with daily life, I also want to help you explore your own identity and self concept, live in alignment with your personal values, and feel in harmony with the environment around you!
Youth, Adolescents, Young Adults
Growing up is difficult enough as is, let alone when you’re struggling with your mental health. Whether it’s trouble focusing or keeping up with school, difficulties socially and making friends, coming into and exploring your own self-identity, leaving home and transitioning into adulthood…therapy is a place where you can feel safe, heard, and supported while you navigate the many complicated emotions and adjustments that come with growing up. I know from personal experience that even the most “high functioning” kid may be deeply struggling under the surface. It wasn’t until I moved away from home and left my familiar routines that I began to feel incredibly overwhelmed, lost, and unable to adapt to my new environment – therapy not only allowed me to overcome my distress and create healthier coping patterns, but also to explore my own self-identity and personal values. I am here to normalize the difficulties of growing up and help you navigate whatever life stage you may be going through.
My fellow overthinkers, worriers, and perfectionists – I feel you and I am here for you! Anxiety is a natural, important, and necessary part of the human experience. A healthy amount of anxiety can alert us to potential dangers, help us identify the things that are important to us, and motivate us to work hard and achieve our goals. Too much anxiety, however, can do the opposite – make us see danger where there isn’t any, drain our energy away from what’s really important to us, and lead us to feel overwhelmed or paralyzed by fear. Whatever your anxiety looks or feels like, together we can work to identify any disordered patterns of thinking, explore the root causes of your anxiety, and develop healthier, more effective tools for coping.
If you find yourself struggling in your relationships, with friends, significant others, coworkers, parents, or family members, I am here to help! I am very passionate about helping my clients to feel supported, empowered, and effective in their personal relationships. Maybe you struggle with conflict and want to learn more effective communication strategies, or maybe you want to take a deeper look into how your familial relationships growing up may be affecting your ability to navigate relationships as an adult. Whatever the case, therapy is a space where you can explore those questions safely at your own pace and practice new ways of relating and communicating. My past experience also includes working in domestic/sexual violence prevention and supporting survivors of abuse – if you are worried that a relationship might be dysfunctional, toxic, or even abusive, I am here to listen nonjudgmentally and help you navigate these relationships in a way that is safe, healthy, and compassionate.
I am all about the small joys in life – typically you’ll either find me chilling at home watching reality TV, working on my latest arts and craft project, or hanging out with my Italian Greyhound at the dog park. I also love to read, play the Sims, listen to podcasts, and spend time with friends…and I’ll never turn down an opportunity to go to the thrift store and find a good deal!
To book an appointment, call (847) 919-9096 ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.