Rachael is an experienced play therapist who guides her clients into a process where parents are informed and engaged, and kids take a leading role in teaching their parents about what they're working on in therapy. A true child therapist at heart, she's even admitted that she watches Bluey for personal enjoyment.
- Academic and performance anxiety
- Assertiveness and confidence
- Attachment insecurity
- Blended families
- Career goals
- Child behavior/defiance
- Communication skills
- Conflict management skills
- Divorce recovery in children
- Eating and body image
- Emotional intelligence
- Grief and loss
- Impulse control
- Interpersonal skills
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- School refusal
- Stress management
- Time management
- Work-life balance
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- MA, Counseling
- Advanced Training, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Advanced Training, Common Sense Parenting
- Training in Play Therapy, art, and expressive interventions with children
- Solution-focused Therapy
- Trainer, Teaching Family Model
- Agency Curriculum developer, Parenting Skills
Helping Clients Thrive
Children are changing daily: learning how the world works, navigating new friendships and family dynamics, and experiencing big emotions that they may have never felt before. As a parent you have a front row ticket to watching them develop and navigate these changes, which is rewarding but also overwhelming when emotions start to fly around the room. That is where I like to come in and join your child and family on this journey.
I create a safe environment where kids can explore big emotions through their natural first language of play, creativity and imagination. I help them to develop new skills of problem solving, coping skills, critical thinking, self-control, and emotional regulation to name a few in order to help them start to take steps towards change.
This change goes beyond the therapy room into your home when I partner with you to help you learn skills to continue their growth outside of session. As a parent you are an expert on your child and know them better than anyone else in the world, so I want to empower you with skills, tools and resources so you feel confident leaving therapy knowing how to uniquely parent your child through their challenges.
Lasting change is very achievable when we all work together as a team to put a plan in place and soon start taking these steps together!
What I Do For Fun
I love to attend FC Cincinnati soccer games with my husband, regardless of the team’s winning record. At home you will find me with a book in my hand, re-watching The Office for the hundredth time or baking in the kitchen with my son — who is quite the avid baker!