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About Me

Rachel W. Friendly, Ph.D. (she|her)

  • Clinical psychologist 

  • 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.

License Information
MA License #: 1​1​3​4​0
CA License #: 27922
VA License #: 0810004656 (Inactive Status)