Rachel Harris, M.A., is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor at Healing Pathways Psychological Services. She is gaining hours toward her licensure as a therapist, and has a wide variety of experience in the field of mental health, including working with individuals, children, families, and groups in both advocacy and counseling settings.
Rachel received her undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in biology, at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her interests began in studying neuroscience, but she soon realized that her desire to help others was her passion. Rachel earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Assumption College in Massachusetts in 2003, before her move to California in 2004.
Rachel’s initial training was in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), of which she has a certificate of specialization. Rachel has over a decade of experience working for Sacramento County as a Public Guardian, where she gained a wealth of knowledge in advocating for others to obtain the life skills and resources needed to enjoy a healthy and productive life.
Rachel’s clinical experience is in working with children, teens, and adults, utilizing many therapeutic approaches. Rachel uses mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), client-centered therapy, play therapy, and other disciplines, with her clients. She is aware that creating a safe space and building trust are fundamental in promoting growth for her clients.
Rachel is committed to providing services and advocacy for her clients. In her personal time, Rachel enjoys experiencing the outdoors through trail running. Rachel is also an avid reader, and often enjoys recommending books to her friends and family.