Nearly every day I meet someone who suffers from fatigue, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, relationship issues, struggles with weight, recent or years of bereavement, chronic pain, difficulty adjusting to new life circumstances (a marriage, a move, a baby, a divorce, a job change or no job at all) hormonal imbalances, organization issues, or difficulty focusing, and often an athlete or exerciser that doesn’t know how to support their performance. And those who are suffering from one of the above are often struggling with a complex combination of a number of those things.
I discovered very quickly in my career that it is impossible to do what is best for my clients if I am not treating the whole person, moving them toward wellness in the fullest meaning of the word. I am delighted to see a client lift out of depression. However, it is rare to see that happen when the client didn’t also start riding their bike again or give up their oh-so-beloved-junk food! The same is true for those who have been unsuccessful at losing weight. It certainly requires getting beneath the surface to the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that landed them with the challenge in the first place. Some clients have come to me for treatment of a mental disorder with psychotherapy, and some want me to diagnose and treat a physical ailment through nutrition and exercise. And both will get…well, both! I use my education and certifications to support my work with clients, however every program is client-directed…meaning my philosophy (and come to find out…what works…) is allowing client’s to build for themselves, their own treatment. It’s a collaborative process between me and each individual I work with, and it is immensely rewarding for both.
I studied Psychology at the University of Oregon, and have a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Northwest Christian University, as well as a certification in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and am a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. Years of education, research, reading, personal discoveries, challenges, and successes have landed me in the most fulfilling work I couldn’t have imagined.
Please contact me to learn more about how we might work together, and help move your life forward!
Rachel has received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and her masters degree in Community Counseling from Northwest Christian University. She is a Registered LPC Intern with the State of Oregon.
She is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer.
In addition to private practice, Rachel teaches Nutrition courses at the University of Oregon and is the Director of the Eugene Family YMCA’s Reach & Rise Mentoring Program.