Rachel received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Family/Child Sciences from Florida State University. As part of her training, Rachel worked extensively within the local school district to assist children and adolescents with concerns that included executive functioning, depression, anxiety, perfectionism, suicidal ideation, gender and sexuality identity, trauma, grief, and anger management. Rachel’s clinical training also included certification through ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), the world’s leading suicide intervention training program.
Rachel views clients as unique individuals who require a treatment approach that is tailored to their needs. This includes setting a high priority on multicultural competence and carefully considering the background, culture, and beliefs of every client. In addition to cultural considerations, Rachel’s therapeutic approach reflects her understanding of her clients’ developmental needs, utilizing Play Therapy with younger children for whom toys are their words and play is their language, and drawing from multiple modalities for a more integrative approach to working with teen and adults.
Rachel’s main goal in therapy is to create a safe, warm, and encouraging environment that helps build a strong therapeutic relationship between herself and the client, recognizing that a strong, trusting counseling relationship is paramount to helping guide and facilitate change within clients. Rachel considers it an honor to hold space for clients amid their struggles and she strives to provide them with the tools, insight, and empathy to get through life’s different seasons.