Areas of Professional Interest
Rachel has a special interest in trauma and how it affects the brain and day-to-day mental health. She has extensive knowledge and experience in teaching others about trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), as well as the benefit of a trauma sensitive approach to mental health.
With experience in non-profit and educational settings, Rachel has experience working with people from all walks of life, people in different seasons of life, and people with various forms of trauma. In the mental health field, she has been a therapist in a school system for many years, and she has also worked extensively with internationals and refugees.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in social work, both of which she received from the University of Alabama. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Rachel is currently pursing certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Rachel and her husband have been married for 20 years and have three children. She enjoys supporting her children in their numerous endeavors, as well as reading and traveling abroad to experience other cultures.
“My hope for clients is that they will experience healing and freedom from past and present trauma. I pray they are comforted with the same comfort I have received, and that they discover the ability to cope with everyday stressors as well as life’s big crises. Ultimately, I want clients to trade their ashes for a crown of beauty so they will take up the cloak of righteousness and be firmly planted in the Lord to live a life that glorifies Him.”