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 10 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/18+ adolescents, and emerging (young) adults.
While practicing in Maryland, Rachel has worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 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 psychotherapy treatment to children and adolescents with various developmental disorders, physical disabilities, and special medical conditions who were also facing mental health concerns. Additional professional experiences include working as a mobile therapist, an outpatient therapist, and as a Therapeutic Support Staff worker in southern and southeast 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 unhelpful 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 treatment approach that combines CBT with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), positive psychology, motivational interviewing/solution-focused therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and structural/strategic family therapy. These evidence-based models are designed to promote more effective treatment outcomes and to help clients reach their goals. Other treatment strategies include exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), mindfulness, self-care/relaxation skills, and social and communication skills. Pulling complementary techniques together is one example of how to tailor therapy to different needs and personal circumstances.
At Charm City Mental Health Practice, Rachel develops a personalized treatment plan based on a comprehensive evaluation of your needs, joint discussion, and mutual agreement of the goals you wish to accomplish. She is committed to building on your strengths, giving practical feedback, and regularly reviewing your progress in therapy.