Specialties and Expertise

There are several areas where I have significant additional expertise and experience, including training and consulting.

Trauma Recovery

I have extensive experience in working with individuals with recent or historical experience with traumatic events or relationships, including PTSD and C-PTSD. I focus on a holistic approach to trauma recovery, helping people to feel safer, more secure, and able to accomplish tasks in the present day, as well as working towards understanding and resolving specific and general emotions and situations from the past.

I also work with people who grew up in or were involved in settings different from mainstream communities, cultures, or environments. This could mean communes, isolated communities, boarding schools or group environments, religious groups, ritual family environments, and other groups that leave people feeling different than "the norm" and adjustments when a separation occurs. They could be safe or unsafe, and welcome/needed/unexpected exits. Together, we can explore and address connecting to both others and yourself before, during, and after these transitions or changes.

Sexuality, Gender, and Relationship Diversity and Advocacy

I am a sex educator and sexuality-affirming therapist, and I strive to help all people increase their comfort with sexuality, acknowledge sexual diversity, and identify and embrace personal sexual identities. I provide a supportive, non-judgmental space for a wide range of identities, including people in the LGBQIQA2s... spectrum, trans and non-binary gender, polyamory and non-monogamy, sex work, BDSM, and fetish of all kinds. I also focus on providing non-BDSM and non-sexuality related psychotherapy to individuals in these communities. I believe it is important to be able to acknowledge and communicate about who we are, when it is relevant, and when it is less so.

Support with Mental Illness

I work with friends and family of individuals with chronic mental illness. I can assist with support, coping skills, managing guilt and shame, and helping you to create or maintain safe, healthy, positive relationships with the people in your life with mental illness. I also offer appropriate referrals and resources.

Navigating Impacts of Substance Use and Other Habits

I assist with helping to understand, identify, and address behaviors that have an adverse impact on life. This can include use of a substance like alcohol and other drugs, or other things that feel like they have a life of their own. Sometimes these things are welcome and contribute to your world, and sometimes they can start to feel like they aren't contributing the same way.  These shifts can relate to and impact how we manage stress, relationships, and other tasks. I employ harm reduction techniques to help you reconnect to yourself and rebuild your coping outlets to fit your current world.



Training and Experience

The following certifications highlight only a portion of the additional methods and theories I may use in my work. While 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), I find it vital and fascinating to learn and offer current methods and ideas. I am particularly informed and drawn to trauma aware approaches that acknowledge how our minds and bodies work together to contribute to our experiences and responses to the world. These trainings reflect my goal of learning and applying additional tools and techniques along with the traditional theories I know, use, and continue to explore. 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)

Rachel Robbins, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

CA License Number Psy22646


© 2020 by Rachel Robbins, Psy.D.

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