A Few Words About How I Got Here:
Originally from Canada, grew up in California, but have lived all over the US - seriously, I have moved A LOT
B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Clark University
13 years working in university counseling centers prior to starting my own telehealth practice
Currently located in VA, but licensed in MA, CA, & VA
Ready to feel more authentic, connected, and joyful in your day-to-day life?
Rachel W. Friendly, Ph.D. (she|her)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Inclusive, Affirming, Culturally-Responsive Teletherapy for Clients in CA, MA, and VA
You want to be heard, seen, and valued
for exactly who you are.
Of course you do ~ we all do!
I approach my work with empathy and compassion, striving to create a warm, safe space in which to do the often difficult work of therapy. I understand that, above all, change is hard!
Therapy with me is a collaborative experience.
I will not just sit back and nod
I will not tell you what you should do
Instead, we will work together to explore your concerns and help you move towards your goals.
I believe relationships are at the root of most of our suffering, which means that the single most important tool that we have in our work together is OUR relationship.
I also strongly believe that, to be effective, therapy must acknowledge the impact of systems of power and oppression on the struggles we all face.
I value you as an equal in the therapy process ~ I bring therapeutic expertise, but only you are the expert on your experiences.
What Else Do You Need to Know About Me?
I am a queer-identified, White, cisgender woman. I believe it is vital for all of us to have a safe space to explore the impact of systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, and all the other systems of oppression on our wellbeing and sense of self. I also love helping clients explore their identity and unpack the relationship patterns that repeat (over and over!) in our lives.
After 13-years working in university counseling centers, I am still passionate about working with college and graduate students, as well as other adults experiencing transitions and periods of growth.
My practice focuses on supporting those navigating finding their voice in a system that would rather they stay silent, including women, trans/nonbinary folks, and folks in queer and BIPOC communities.