Rachel is a native Vermonter and was raised in Rutland County. She graduated from Lyndon State College with a Bachelors of Science in Human Services and English Literature. After graduating Lyndon State College, Rachel moved with her husband to Charlotte, NC to escape the snowy winters of Vermont.
She began working at Thompson Child and Family Focus (TCFF) a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children ages 6-12 years old. It was at TCFF that Rachel became skilled at working with children with Reactive Attachment Disorder, Mood Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She learned the importance of relationships in the therapeutic healing process. During her time at TCFF, Rachel held the role of mentor, team leader, clinical intern, and clinical manager. She worked with both children and families to increase attachment and support parenting skills.
Rachel pursued her Masters of Social Work through Winthrop University. She completed two clinical internships: Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency with a focus on outpatient substance abuse treatment and Thompson Child and Family Focus with a focus on healing trauma through individual and family therapy.
Shortly after graduating, Rachel left TCFF to pursue further training in substance abuse treatment at Daymark Recovery Services. While at Daymark, Rachel co-facilitated Intensive Outpatient Programs, facilitated women’s recovery group, anxiety management group, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills group, and provided individual and family therapy.
Rachel continued working with individuals, couples, and families at the Carolinas Healthcare System Behavioral Health First Step. At First Step, Rachel assisted individuals through various stages of the recovery process including: assessments, detoxification support, early treatment support, counseling for individuals and families as well as presenting a community lecture “Addiction 101” as part of the program’s lecture series.
In February 2014, Rachel and her family took a trip back to Vermont in the middle of the winter where her son declared that he wanted to live near his family and experience the snow. It was around that time that the governor of Vermont, had declared an opiate epidemic within the state. To Rachel, it seemed like the right thing to do—go home and help if she could.
Rachel returned to Vermont and began working at Lund as a Family Clinician in their residential program. She blends her years of experience with children and adults together to assist families in the healing process. She facilitates groups on DBT skills, Mindfulness in Recovery, and Managing Families in Recovery.
Rachel is skilled at treating addiction and supporting families that have a loved one living with addiction. Additionally, she is trained in Forward Facing Therapy in order to assist with regulating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, and Anxiety. She uses a person centered eclectic approach to meet her clients in their journeys. Her philosophy is that the client has many choices on their journey. Rachel believes that she is the GPS accompanying the individual on their path of healing. She practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and integrates mindfulness into her practice. She is a member of The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).
When Rachel is not in the office you will find her outside with her family, kayaking, hiking, camping and enjoying Vermont.