Rachel Wilson, MSW, LCSW
University of California, Berkeley
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Throughout my life I have been exploring the human condition and building relationships to help others overcome challenges in their lives. My own healing journey to overcome the impacts of early childhood trauma led me to working in the field of mental health and has supported my belief in everyone’s ability to take their negative life experience to fuel positive transformation in their lives. I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I worked on community psychology research and then went onto get my Masters of Social Work at University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in community mental health. I have worked with children, youth, and their families involved in the foster care, juvenile justice, and mental health systems for over eight years providing individual, group, and family therapy.
In my work as a therapist, I strive to create a space where my clients feel free to be their authentic selves and feel understood. I am currently studying to be a yoga therapist, which helps to inform my therapy practice in being able to help clients to build self-awareness and explore the ways to utilize the mind-body connection to help improve mental well-being. I aim to help my clients to find tools to feel more in control of themselves and be able to better regulate their emotions. Utilizing an anti-oppression framework, I believe it is important to provide space for my clients to explore their identities, their values, and their place in the greater society. I utilize various treatment modalities in my work, including cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, expressive arts therapy and somatic therapy.
In my spare time, I am practicing and teaching yoga, spending time with my dog and cat, dancing, spending time outdoors, traveling, and learning new things.