"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can." -Frida Kahlo
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida after earning a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. I have held various positions in the helping field for over 13 years. I have 5 years experience managing group homes from children in foster care ages ranging from 4-18 years old. For the past 10 years, I have provided clinical treatment in an array of settings: school-based, in home and outpatient therapy-including a child advocacy center for children who have experienced physical and sexual abuse. Lastly, I have provided behavioral therapy for children in primary and elementary school.
I have a specialized in serving those who have experienced trauma-including, but not limited to: sexual and physical abuse, intimate partner violence, death, grief & loss, incarceration of loved one, and involvement with the foster care system. Furthermore, I have a passion to provide counseling families in order that they may resolve relationship or other family dynamic related issues they may bring into therapy.
Whether we experience life’s “big T or little t” traumas, avoiding the impact related to the darkness in this world is unfortunately nearly impossible and navigating through the aftermath can be complex and daunting. It is courageous of you to seek services to enhance the quality of life for your child. I am passionate about personal empowerment at every age and helping people find light and hope, in order to live their best and most fulfilled lives.
I believe there is both an art and science to therapy. My style is casual, yet professional and ethical, which means that I want to get to know you as a person and understand what challenges you are experiencing in order to partner with you to develop individualized treatment goals. This will be a You-centered therapy experience. I am also creative, therefore, my approach is eclectic-including psychoeducation (i.e. symptoms, parenting, etc), talk therapy methods such as, CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems (parts work) and Mindfulness (along with Art Therapy techniques) interventions, so I look forward to exploring and adjusting to what style best meets your needs and personality. I am also certified as a Level 1 EMDR trained Therapist, if you are interested in this type of therapeutic approach. I am empathic, and direct, which may challenge you to extend yourself beyond what you believed about yourself/the situation. My desire is to create a safe space for you to process and grow; to be a guide for you to identify your own strengths to move you to the next season of your life.
My own story and spirituality inspire me to engage in this work; however, it is important to understand that I do not impose my personal beliefs, as I pride myself on professionalism. I am available to incorporate Christian counseling if you are seeking this type of approach.
I look forward to meeting you and your child. I am honored to partner with you and being on this healing journey with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Somatization , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LMHC #12842 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Rachel is amazing! She is really in tune with me when it comes to what I can handle. In 4months we have made tremendous progress and I so beyond appreciate of her on my healing journey. She is quite funny and down to earth. I love when she incorporates creative activity outside of just talking. She is the best.
Rachel has truly been a great added resource in my life. She’s genuine, supportive, and actively listens to help piece in deeply rooted/suppressed issues.
Great listener. She is the best ❤️
Rachel is fantastic! She picks up on the nuances and subtleties of my responses and guides me through my own self-discovery which has led me to a HUGE breakthrough and healing. Thanks you, Rachel!!
Today 6/12/20 I had my second session with Rachel and I start feeling like myself again. After 32 years of sadness and crying, and confusion I have not cried since my first session last week.
She is attentive and speaks with compassion. I feel confident that as I continue therapy with Rachel I will find the ‘WILL’ to teen counseling my individuality.
I would recommend Rachel to anyone who is have a relationship issue. Thanks Rachel.
Rachel has been amazing! This is my first time trying counseling but she has made it so easy to feel comfortable. She is a warm-hearted, friendly, professional counselor who addresses all my needs and lets me go at my own pace.
Rachel has been extremely helpful during this painful situation I am going through. She listens and it shows. She has a great memory for recalling things we spoke about weeks before. I always end up leaving the conversation in a much better mood than before it started. I highly recommend Rachel’s professional services.
I really enjoy how much Rachel has been helping me and my fiancée. She’s very down to earth, understanding and wise.
Rachel is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She has been a great help in communicating between myself and my daughter.
In just 3 sessions, I can feel my entire mindframe starting to change. She is attentive, professional, but warm in personality. Absolutely cannot recommend her enough.
In this short period of time, Rachel has allowed me to be honest and open with my issues and concerns. Rachel is very knowledgeable and I have benefited greatly with her expertise in working through my challenges. I am learning how to respect myself more and set boundaries in relationships. My eyes are open to my frustration and I am working on the healing process with Rachel. The exercises she provides allow me to see the whole picture. I am learning to think and process my feelings more. Rachel is very understanding but holds me accountable for my actions.