“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we
discover the infinite power of our light.”
– Brené Brown
Most therapeutic services can be offered remotely, via the HIPAA-compliant Zoom platform, for client accessibility and convenience. Some groups are only offered in person and others only virtually.
Individual therapy is available for adults and older adolescents for a variety of issues. Sessions are typically about 55 minutes in length, and generally occur on a weekly basis following completion of the initial assessment and treatment plan. However, this can be adjusted to meet client needs after goals and the therapeutic relationship have been established.
Specializations & areas of emphasis:
Crises and Difficult Life Transitions
Burnout and Chronic Stress, Anxiety
Social or Interpersonal (Relationship) Issues
What to Expect?
Following an initial discussion or free 20 minute consultation, you and your therapist will schedule a therapeutic intake, in which you will review paperwork and address any questions and logistical concerns you may have before completing the intake assessment. This is a lengthy diagnostic interview that briefly explores your present concern(s), assesses your current symptoms and functioning, obtains relevant history, and identifies strengths and resources you can draw upon.
Together with your therapist, you will clarify what you’d like to address in therapy and how you’d like to go about it, establishing therapeutic goals and creating an individualized treatment plan reflective of your needs, that honors your intersecting identities and preferences while developing a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship. Together you will then begin the work of exploring your therapeutic concerns more deeply while also expanding coping skills and resources, building on your strengths and connecting to your inner wisdom. From there therapy becomes more challenging as you deepen into the therapeutic work and healing by integrating new experiences and if helpful, processing the past, overcoming what was previously rigid and limiting by moving towards your goals while engaging mindfully in the present moment. This work, and particularly trauma-specific therapy, takes vulnerability and courage, is messy and uncomfortable, and is necessary in order to reconnect with or manifest your ideal self and improve your experience of life, relationships, and community.
Your therapist may offer supplemental couples and/or family therapy sessions for individual clients to address issues within these relationships related to the client's individual therapy work.
Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in length, and the number and frequency of these sessions vary dependent upon client needs and contextual factors, and should be discussed with your therapist in order to ensure appropriateness and fit.
The following therapeutic groups are offered on a regular basis for clients wanting to try group therapy or who are looking to expand or deepen their therapeutic experience. Therapeutic groups usually run between 45 and 90 minutes in duration and require a commitment to attend consistently. Some groups are ongoing and others are offered in a series format with a certain designated number of meetings. Group screenings are usually required for participation as each group has its own specific focus and are usually limited in number of participants. Contact us to inquire about openings, when the groups are being offered, and to see if one of these groups fits your needs.
Healing from Trauma: Education and Skills Group:
This is a 10-week mindfulness-based education and skills group series in which the facilitators provide psycho-education about trauma and its various impacts, coupled with mindfulness skills clients practice together in group and can use to help manage trauma-based symptoms outside of group.
This group is very structured with limited processing and is appropriate for individuals who have experienced various types of trauma(s), are stable, and have done a fair amount of trauma-specific individual therapy, or are currently seeing an individual therapist for trauma-related work. This group is offered periodically throughout the year, typically on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Ask us about the next scheduled series offering or to be put on the waitlist. Co-facilitated by, and developed in collaboration with Emilie Ryan, LPC, NCC, RYT, SEP, of Sense of Self Counseling.
NOW SCREENING FOR IN PERSON AND ONLINE FORMATS OF THIS GROUP STARTING IN EARLY 2024. Contact me for more information or to set up a screening.
Post-Traumatic Growth Group:
This group is for individuals who have completed the Healing from Trauma Education and Skills Group (or have had equivalent experience with another similar group or in extensive trauma-specific individual therapy) and are interested in furthering their education, resources, and/or connection with others who have undergone trauma. This group is not a traditional interpersonal process group though the primary focus is on connecting and sharing about healing from trauma impacts and trauma-related materials and resources (such as media, education, lived experience, and research), with a focus on extended healing or post-traumatic growth using a lens of mindfulness. Co-facilitated by, and developed in collaboration with Emilie Ryan, LPC, NCC, RYT, SEP, of Sense of Self Counseling.
Rachel is available to provide customizable individual consultation services for clients and fellow professionals as well as group training, presentations, and workshops for groups and organizations seeking additional information and guidance pertaining to the following areas:
Trauma, PTSD, CPTSD