Program Director / Staff Therapist
Rachel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She serves as Program Director at Dr. Wallach’s group practice, in addition to being a member of the SoCal DBT Team as a primary therapist, DBT skills group leader, and DBT graduate group leader. She views the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one, where trust and authenticity foster insight and growth. Rachel works with patients to explore how the past informs the present and promoting self-efficacy through balancing the dialectic of acceptance and change. She specializes in working with LGBTQ+ communities, adults, adolescents and children, and treating individuals with borderline personality disorder, behavioral addictions, substance use disorders, complex trauma, and anxiety disorders.
Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology Specialization, from Antioch University Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Prior to joining private practice, Rachel gained experience working in Residential and Outpatient settings. She has worked in addiction and dual-diagnosis treatment facilities, and has also worked with adolescents and young adults transitioning out of mental health and dual-diagnosis residential treatment centers into Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient settings. She completed her graduate school practicum at Being Alive LA, providing LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy, HIV-related case management, and PEP/PrEP education. Additionally, she participated in client-centered advocacy for individuals affected by cultural and systemic oppression. She has continued to focus on enhancing her clinical skills by completing intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders with Drs. Judith and Aaron Beck of the Beck Institute, and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD & Trauma with Drs. Lata McGinn and Lauren Bonavitacola of Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants.
Rachel has an eclectic set of skills through her training and clinical experience in working with children and adolescents. She has gained unique crisis intervention training through Cedars-Sinai’s Center for the Study of Young People for adolescents and children struggling with suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, anxiety, and trauma. Rachel completed her child and adolescent clinical hours counseling and supervising adolescents at Teen Line, a youth crisis hotline certified by the American Association of Suicidology. She has also completed a year-long training under Drs. Violet Oaklander and Karen Fried in applying the Oaklander Model to Gestalt Play Therapy with children––a unique model focusing on the safety and development of the child-therapist relationship, nurturing the child’s sense of sense, and increasing the child’s safe and healthy emotional expression using creative, expressive, and projective modalities. Rachel uses these tools comprehensively, working with kids in her private practice and the DBT program struggling with anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem issues, and family conflict.
Rachel has extensive experience in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She completed her prelicensure mentorship under Dr. Suzanne Wallach, receiving comprehensive training as a skills group leader, primary therapist, and team member within the DBT program. She and the DBT team received advanced training from Patty Gieselman, MFT, DBT-LBC™, on Providing Effective DBT Skills Groups. Rachel has attained advanced formal training in DBT through DBT® Treatment Developer Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech, including Comprehensive Training in Standard DBT (Level 3) and Advanced DBT Training and Adaptations (Level 4). Her Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training™ instructors included Behavioral Tech’s President, André Ivanoff PhD, and Chief Training Executive, Tony DuBose PsyD. Rachel was trained in DBT for Adolescents by co-developers Drs. Alec Miller & Jill Rathus; and DBT for Parents, Couples, and Families by Dr. Alan Fruzzetti of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has completed intensive training in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) Protocol for PTSD with DBT-PE developer Melanie Harned, PhD, and Annie McCall, LMHC. Rachel is currently in the process of obtaining Clinician Certification through the DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification, which is considered the gold standard in assessing adherence and application of the DBT model in clinical practice.