Rachel W. Friendly, Ph.D. (she|her)
Licensed in Massachusetts and California (and coming soon to Virginia)
Originally from Canada and raised in Los Angeles
B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Clark University
I am passionate about working with college and graduate students, as well as other adults experiencing transitions and periods of growth. I spent 13 years working in university counseling centers all over the US before starting my private, tele-health practice.
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.
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.
Approach to Therapy
What's It Like to Work with Me?
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 interpersonal relationships are at the root of most suffering, which means that the single most important tool that we have in our work together is our own 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.