Licensed School Psychologist
Rachel offers psychotherapy to children (ages 5 and over), adolescents, and young adults who may struggle with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, and Autism. Her goal-directed and evidence-based treatment approach incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for acceptance and values-guided action, mindfulness, and positive psychology. Rachel believes that each individual brings their own skills and concerns to therapy, and she strives to collaborate and tailor therapy to meet the unique needs of her clients.
Rachel also specializes in conducting psychological evaluations. Throughout her career, Rachel has completed hundreds of psychological evaluations for preschool, school-age students, and young adults. Moreover, she regularly consults with teachers and parents to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of children. She has extensive knowledge of special education laws and procedures as well as the development of IEPs and 504 Plans.
Prior to joining the team at Think Happy Live Healthy, Rachel worked for twelve years as a school psychologist in the public schools in Northern Virginia. Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University with a major in psychology and a minor in special education. From there, she earned her master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies from George Mason University in school psychology. She is a member of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists. She has met and maintained the qualifications to be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in the public school setting.
When not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and son.