Qualifications: Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Maryland (License No. LC6058). She graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and business certificate in Personnel Management from the University of Rochester. Professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association and the Maryland Counseling Association, as well as lifetime membership in Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
Experience: Rachel possesses over nine years of professional experience providing psychotherapy and counseling to individuals/families, and also has expertise in performing diagnostic and psychosocial evaluations. She is the owner of Charm City Mental Health Practice, LLC, a private practice located in Towson, Maryland where she treats adults, college students, adolescents and emerging adults, and school-age children (from about 7-8 years old).
While practicing in Maryland, Rachel has worked at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Her work at Johns Hopkins focused on delivering school-based mental health services within elementary schools in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. Her work at Kennedy Krieger focused on providing specialty mental health treatment to children and adolescents with various developmental disorders, physical disabilities, or special medical conditions. Additional experiences include working as a mobile therapist, an outpatient therapist, and a Therapeutic Support Staff worker in Pennsylvania.
Theoretical Orientation: Rachel primarily identifies as a cognitive-behavioral and behavior therapist. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured theoretical model designed to be problem-focused, goal-oriented, action-oriented, and present-oriented. In CBT, the cognitive model emphasizes the interaction between maladaptive thought processes, emotional states, and behavioral events. Behavior therapy focuses on directly observable behavior and places a heavy emphasis on how behavior is conditioned and reinforced by characteristics of the environment. Parent management training (PMT) represents a form of behavior therapy aimed at improving caregiver skills in dealing with problem behaviors in children and adolescents.
In her practice, Rachel often uses an integrative approach that combines CBT with positive psychology, motivational interviewing/solution-focused brief therapy, and structural/strategic family therapy to help clients reach their goals. Other strategies include exposure therapy, mindfulness, expressive art, self-care/relaxation skills, and social and communication skills. By pulling complementary techniques together, she recognizes that each individual and family should be considered as a whole and that therapy can be tailored to different needs and personal circumstances. Rachel utilizes methods that are evidence-based to promote more effective treatment outcomes.
At Charm City Mental Health Practice, Rachel offers a highly personalized treatment plan based on a comprehensive evaluation of your needs, discussion, and mutual agreement of the goals you wish to accomplish. Rachel is committed to building on your strengths, giving practical feedback, and regularly reviewing your progress in therapy.