Rachel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington (#MC60565988). Rachel earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Rachel has participated in specific training in the areas of Human Growth & Development, Multicultural Perspectives, Issues of Abuse, Counseling Children & Adolescents, Marriage & Family Counseling, and Vocational & Occupational Therapy.
Rachel’s specific areas of interest and research include working with survivors of abuse, individuals experiencing eating disorders, relationship struggles, grief, identity development, depression, anxiety, vocational counseling and life transitions. Rachel believes that when we open ourselves up to explore our pain, anxiety, fear, and doubt we can emerge with a new sense of hope and awareness. This exploration, however, is oftentimes too scary to embark upon alone, therefore, a therapeutic relationship can be a more fruitful and less frightening approach to painful emotions.
Rachel works from the perspective that each one of us has immense internal wisdom, but we are often taught to ignore or silence it. Through this self-discovery, her hope is that others will begin to pay attention to and rely on the things they already know deep within themselves.
She started her work with eating disorders as a milieu therapist at Opal and feels privileged to work with clients in a richly supportive, relational, and collaborative environment. Outside of Opal Rachel enjoys learning new ways of creative expression including typography, drawing, and painting. She also enjoys long neighborhood walks with her husband and son.