Rachel Zeller, MA, LMHCA
I believe human suffering wells up from a myriad of different sources, such as racial, cultural, sexual orientation or gender discrimination, trauma, abuse, cultural or family rifts, existential, or maybe something you just can’t put your finger on. It is human nature to suffer, but what we do with it creates our life path. I believe a major factor that heightens your deeply felt sense of pain is the lack of someone willing to be present in your pain and authentically and non-judgmentally listen to your story.
People have an innate human desire to be seen and to have their stories witnessed. Unfortunately, in this modern world, many in society fear this intimate act of witnessing, leaving many to experience the void and pain of isolation in addition to their core suffering. According to many different psychotherapy theories, one of the first and greatest steps toward healing is to be seen and have stories witnessed.
As a psychotherapist, I intend to be a witness to your story, no matter what it is, no matter how dark or painful it may be. Through the process of engagement with the myriad of stories you have probably been holding for a lifetime, we will work together navigating the path as a team toward your goals for healing.
I practice with an eclectic theoretical perspective informed by relational, depth psychologies which value what is happening between and inside of people and the unconscious. People are shaped and unconsciously guided by family relationships, narrative, and the internal self as expressed in the body.
My framework is guided by the understanding of trauma’s impact on all people. I also work with the belief that innate existential fears limit human life. Combined, these frameworks offer clients a holistic experience of healing through the process of understanding and accepting the complex interconnectivity of body, family systems, past trauma, interpersonal relationships, socio-cultural influences, and the unexplored realm of the unconscious.
I specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults and any of the extenuating challenges and conflicts that come with their identity. I have the tools to work with those experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and grief. Additionally, I am certified in Narrative Focused Trauma Care. work with clients experiencing complex trauma and abuse.