rachel needham, LMFT, LPCC

CLINICAL APPROACH:

As a Licensed Clinical Therapist, I am experienced in treating individuals, families and couples for a variety of concerns, and I serve as faculty within John F. Kennedy University's undergraduate psychology program. I integrate research-validated and attachment and neuropsychology-informed treatment with other effective modalities, including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, and family systems therapies. I have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Seeking Safety, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I am also a certified in both Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and Managing and Adaptive Practice (MAP).

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

While earning a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy, I worked in school-based and clinic-based counseling capacities in Sunnyvale, California. Post-graduation, I worked in an Intensive Outpatient Program as a Level II Clinician with Uplift Family Services, specializing in working with youth struggling with depression and anxiety. Shortly thereafter, I began working as a faculty member with John F. Kennedy University’s Undergraduate Psychology Program, teaching Developmental Psychology and Counseling Theories. In 2018, I also started working as an in-office therapist with Family Therapy Center, transitioning to its video therapy team in 2019.


PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS: 

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #106718

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #6284

  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology, B.S. in Business Management

  • MAP Certified

  • TCI Certified


HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

I enjoy being active, and whenever possible, ride and care for horses in a volunteer role at local stables. 


WHAT DREW ME TO THIS WORK:

Prior to my work in counseling, I worked in a role that gave me great access to research that related to pre-retirement and retirement-aged Americans. I was fascinated by the research that many decisions made during this time of life were not simply relegated to facts and logic, but also considerations such as culture and personal narratives. My curiosity was sparked and the rest is history!


MY COMMITMENT TO YOU:

I commit to assuming the great honor to work with you with professionalism, always prioritizing your privacy and your keen insight around the growth that you would like to see.


SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Relationship challenges (including change, growth and loss)

  • Grief and loss


ADDITIONAL INTEREST AREAS: aging concerns, codependency, communication issues, conflict resolution, fears and phobias, issues of spirituality and culture, life transitions, premarital and marital issues, professional and academic issues, stress management, substance use, and self-esteem


SERVICES I OFFER:

Online counseling for individuals, families and couples residing in California.

AVAILABILITY:

I offer online counseling on weekday mornings and evenings. Please check my calendar to see what on-going time slots I currently have open.