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Rachel Gabrielle, MA, LMHC
I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington with a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Washington School of Professional Psychology and a bachelor's degree from Seattle University. My clinical experience includes working in university counseling centers, residential treatment for eating disorders and community mental health facilities. My professional experience has also allowed me some incredible opportunities to work in management and compliance within mental health. I have been a champion for health care reform and have spent the last few years helping organizations adapt to the Affordable Care Act and increase access to care for many people seeking mental health services. I am thrilled to be getting back to clinical work and am very proud to be a part of Mindful Therapy Group.
Human beings have always fascinated me. As a painfully shy child and the only Jewish kid growing up on a small farm in Woodinville, I learned how to observe and investigate human behavior and carried this fascination into adulthood. I was first a journalist and worked for Seattle area publications like The Stranger, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, West Seattle Blog, as well as a few lifestyle magazines in California. Experiencing the financial crisis of 2008 as a young adult was formative. The challenges of that time – for me, and for our culture – spurred my interest in personal growth and inspired me to go to grad school to learn how to help people through difficult life stages.
When I’m not working with clients, I enjoy going to concerts, taking a dance class, listening to pop culture podcasts and watching a good documentary.
I've always been an investigator and I view our work together as process of uncovering the patterns that hold you back. When we become more aware of our patterns we can better understand and change them. Together, we will discover a clear picture of who you are, why you are and who you want to become. You deserve to be understood, and as a person who has sought therapy throughout my life, I understand the importance of fit between therapist and client.
Authenticity, critical thinking, humility, and common sense are all values that drive my practice. I view therapy as a collaborative, egalitarian experience. Therapy can be hard. It's not always pleasant to assess the deepest, most complex parts of ourselves; I am gentle but I will challenge you. I draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities including: feminist therapy, existentialism, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, radical acceptance, and modern psychodynamic theory. I want to understand your history, as I believe it informs the present, but we do not have to get stuck in the past. My goal is to help you find meaning in your past experiences so that you can move forward in your life with more strength, understanding, and fulfillment. I believe that when we are our authentic selves, we unconsciously give permission to others to do the same.
I most enjoy working with emerging adults (18-35) who are experiencing distress due to everyday life transitions. My areas of interest include women's issues/ women's health, depression/ anxiety, academic achievement, career and work-related issues, family conflict, borderline personality disorder, self-esteem, body image, interpersonal conflict, impulse control disorders.