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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and I have been working with children, adolescents, and families in-homes, in the community, and in intensive therapeutic settings. I have extensive knowledge of the challenges of child and adolescent development and family functioning. I can help children and adolescents navigate the challenges of learning how to manage emotions, navigate transitions in life, and process the pressures of society (regarding social media, developing a purpose in a world with a lot of pressure, and contributing to the family in the home). Children, adolescents and teens can learn how to think positively, have problem solving skills, and communicate instead of avoiding or becoming angry or defiant. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to guide people to identify and change their negative thoughts to take control of their motivation and positive thinking leading to positive behaviors.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, difficulties with identity development, life transitions, family conflict, ineffective patterns of behaviors and thoughts, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors, just to name a few. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to teach grounding exercises, communication skills, and how to enjoy the little things in life. I use Attachment Theory, Family Systems Theory, Developmental Theory, and Behavioral Management Theory to teach parenting strategies to strengthen the family dynamics.
Parenting is the most difficult job, especially parenting a struggling kid. I can help parents be aware of expectations in different developmental stages, understand the effect of modern culture, and learn new parenting strategies to improve behaviors in their children and adolescents. I want to help parents identify their strengths in their parenting skills and learn new tools and strategies to manage tough situations so can feel more confident. Teenagers may need someone outside of the family to speak with to process their thoughts and learn how to communicate more effectively with their parents and make better choices. Children and teenagers can learn coping skills and develop goals since they genuinely want to be positive people, but may not have the skills. It is 9 times easier to think negatively compared to thinking positively. According to Cognitive Behavioral Theory, negative thoughts create negative behaviors and positive thoughts have the power to create positive changes in behaviors. I have skills to motivate children and teenagers to think positively, change behaviors, and have effective communication skills to navigate the natural conflicts.
My counseling style is built on acceptance and empowerment. You should feel that anything you struggle with is normal and you are not alone. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. I will explore the value in your experiences and praise you for all your strengths. I will make sure that you feel heard, accepted, and empowered to take charge of your life after we identify your goals.
I am confident with my abilities to help your family, children and adolescents develop goals and steps to take to make life easier and more happy!
I am looking forward to working with you on this journey!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Eating disorders, Anger management, Coping with life changes, ADHD
LCSW #009501 (Expires: 2020-01-31)
LCSW #4395 (Expires: 2022-06-30)
Rachel is experienced, thoughtful and caring in her approach, and I find her flexible in trying to find the right approach to deal with my issues surrounding my PTSD. She is supportive and very responsive, and I feel that I can count on her for sure.
Rachel has done an excellent job understanding our needs and coaching my daughter towards her goals.
So glad I’m trying therapy again thanks to Rachel. She is extremely helpful.