About Me and My Practice

Divergent Worlds includes me, and associates here to collaborate and learn from like-spirited people. We all provide therapy in our unique styles, and a range of assessments, letters and documentation, and advocacy.

Training and Experience

The following certifications highlight some of the additional methods and theories I may use in my work. My background and training draws heavily from depth psychotherapy theories (how our childhoods, past, and unconscious processes influence our current, past, and future perceptions and experiences), and relational theories (the ways relationships with ourselves and others impact, influence, and inspire us). I also find it important and exciting to learn and incorporate current methods and ideas into my work and style. I am particularly informed and drawn to trauma aware approaches that acknowledge how our minds, bodies, and environments work together to contribute to our experiences and responses to the world.

 

These certification trainings reflect my goal of learning and applying additional tools and techniques along with the traditional theories I know, use, and continue to explore. There are many other trainings I participate in and am drawn to, including training on sexuality/gender/relationship diversity, justice and oppression, and de-pathologized/non-judgmental approaches to sub cultures and symptoms. I will do my best to apply theories and skills based on what I and the client feel are the best approaches for each person and situation. 

 

  • Level 1 certification in EMDR

  • Completed Gottman Method Couples therapy training level 1 and 2

  • San Francisco Sex Information sex educator training and supervisor training

  • Supervision- Supervision of clinical trainees

  • Certified Telemental Health Provider (Telehealth/ Distance Therapy)

About the Office

Meeting In Person

Our therapy office was designed with environmental friendliness in mind. Clean, sanitized, gently used furniture and accessories are used whenever possible, and supplies are natural, organic, recyclable, and compostable when possible. The office is free from direct animal products (fabrics, candles, etc) and is low-scent. We have filtered water, air filters in each room, hand sanitizer, and a sink in the waiting room if you would like to wash your hands or gather yourself before you leave.

 

There is elevator access in the building, no steps to entry, and a push button security system with a numeric code for entrance.

 

Our building has gendered restrooms on each floor and an all gender restroom on the ground level. Keys for the restrooms are located in our waiting room.

Land Acknowledgement

The offices and practices of Divergent Worlds Psychotherapy and Consulting are located within the unceded land of the Muwekma Ohlone peoples. I and we recognize that we have benefited from colonial practices along with the genocide and displacement of Indigenous people.

 

I and we recognize the land to honor Indigenous sovereignty and acknowledge that colonialism is an ongoing process. I and we affirm our commitment to listen to and amplify Indigenous voices, stand in solidarity with local Indigenous communities, and respect local Indigenous protocol.

Meeting Remotely

I typically use Doxy.me, a secure and therapy-specific platform for remote meetings. We can discuss other options if that ever doesn't work for us.

 

When meeting remotely, I am in my home office space. I share my space with 2 dogs and a cat, and while they stay in their own space during our sessions, you might hear them if the doorbell rings or they decide to loudly communicate about something. If you ever want to meet them I can welcome them in to the office to greet you.

A Little On Who I Am

I am a queer/bi, White, culturally/non-religious Jewish person with mobility differences and I use she/her pronouns. My practice, therapy styles, approaches, and training are all continuously growing and I am always excited to learn and try new things. My own work in deepening my clinical work and continuing my anti-racist journeys are ongoing, and I welcome you to ask questions about me and my work if and as you have them.

 
Rachel wears a warm slight smile and sits in front of a teal wall with shelves and a leafy green plant
A therapy office full of blue, purple, and grey furniture and decor