Rachel received her PhD from the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology program at the University of Guelph in 2019. As part of her graduate training, Rachel completed her pre-doctoral residency at McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Upper Grand District School Board, where she had the opportunity to complete assessment, consultation, and treatment work with children, adolescents, and families in hospital and school board settings. Rachel also completed training at the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health, and at the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph.
Rachel has a wealth of experience conducting complex learning, social-emotional, and mental health assessments. She enjoys getting to know her clients and incorporating evidence-based methods to better understand the difficulties they are facing. Rachel approaches her treatment work with children, adolescents, and families with the goal of first understanding the client’s experiences, strengths, difficulties, and goals and using that understanding to tailor her treatment approach. She is comfortable pulling from treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and play-based approaches to suit her clients’ needs and goals. She emphasizes parent involvement in the treatment process. Rachel believes that a strong connection with clients serves as an important foundation for effective treatment.
Outside of her work, Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors, knitting, and chasing after her sons.