About Rachel

I am incredibly passionate about helping individuals heal and grow and providing high-quality psychotherapy, coaching and consulting services.  I truly believe that psychotherapy works and is a powerful method for healing, growth, change and self-acceptance.  I value the courage it takes to seek out help and I am committed to developing strong, warm and encouraging therapeutic relationships with my clients.  I strive to make the counseling and coaching experience rewarding and individualized.

Experience and Education

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C.) in the state of Maryland and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.  I obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Community Counseling/Mental Health Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.  I hold a B.S. degree in Family Science from the University of Maryland.  I have completed significant coursework in early childhood education, adult attachment and relationships, family dynamics, anxiety treatment, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

I am an International Best Selling author of the book, Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life (March 2014), that I co-authored with other psychotherapists, relationship and love experts, life coaches, dating coaches and matchmakers.

I am a Relationship Expert and writer for DatingAdvice.com and eHarmony Advice.  I frequently write about healthy relationships, dating and relationship anxiety, self-care, dating tips, mindful dating, self-esteem, breakups, attraction, communication and other topics pertaining to love, relationships, sex, intimacy and dating.  My writing has also been featured on numerous websites including:

Break the Cycle, the leading national non-profit organization aimed to decrease youth dating abuse/violence and support youth in the formation of healthy relationships,

DigitalRomance, Inc., a leading website on dating and solutions to relationship problems,

Singles Warehouse, an internationally reaching dating ezine, and

Power Up Living, a website promoting more freedom, flexibility and fun in life and business.

 

I have been interviewed for a variety of radio shows, podcasts and publications, including:

PsychCentral, the “Internet’s largest mental health social network” and “modern voice for mental health information, emotional support, and advocacy,”

Bustle, and online media source for women,

Mind+Body Magazine,

Mindful Living with Ally Ford and Tom O’Brien,

I Do Podcast,

Sexy Secrets to a Juicy Love Life,

Positive Dating with Patricia Raskin WPRO, and

Bold Radio Network’s Motivate and Manifest Success.

I truly enjoy working with individuals and couples through my private practice. Previously, I provided psychotherapy and mental healthcare services for clients of all ages at Vesta, Inc., an outpatient mental health clinic located in Silver Spring, Maryland. There, I was responsible for conducting biopsychosocial assessments and intake diagnostic evaluations and providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families with mental health concerns and/or chronic mental illness.

I also have experience working as a teacher and guidance counseling assistant for elementary school students in the Montgomery County School System in Maryland. As a guidance counseling assistant, I supported students individually, led small groups for students struggling with social skills, anger management, learning disabilities and anxiety and facilitated classroom lessons on topics such as self-expression, bullying, conflict resolution, coping skills and others.

More about me…

My belief is that I cannot help my clients unless I continue to do my own personal work, have a healthy support system and make time for my own growing, learning, reflection and self-care on a daily basis. Art, dance, Zumba, reading, journaling, mindfulness, quality time with family and friends, and healthy eating enrich my life and keep me energized and balanced.

 

 

 

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