Rachel works in private practice with teenagers, adults, and couples. She brings experience and interest in anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, relationship and family issues, sexual identity, and general development/life span issues.
She is a registered social worker (MSW, RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (0ASW).
In addition to private counselling Rachel worked as a counsellor at the University of Guelph, and currently runs a group on campus to assist students dealing with social anxiety. She is Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Her work with McMaster involves training psychiatry residents in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy – depression and anxiety) and group work clinical modules. She has focused training in Relational Life Training (RLT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Resources for dealing with Anxiety
This is a very limited list of resources for support. Please check if you have benefits for covering counselling. Most counsellors are providing secure video phone/telephone counselling during COVID-19 in lieu of in person support. Many companies have links to support sent in emails (including Shoppers links to CMHA resources). Many physicians are attached to family health teams with mental health resources.
For veterans and first responders:
Free online counselling for health care providers (Ontario);
Counselling & Support
a) Family Counselling & Support Services in Guelph provide therapy and counselling on a sliding scale (i.e. pay what you can within a certain range), and I’m sure they are providing creative solutions to support community members during this time. Their contact information is available here: https://familyserviceguelph.on.ca/contact-counsellor-guelph/
b) The CMHA Self-Help Alliance offers peer support, and they are currently providing accessible services over the phone: https://cmhawwselfhelp.ca/news/service-changes-due-to-covid-19/
· Here 24/7 at 1-884-437-3247
· Good2Talk at 1-866-925-5454
Online Self-Directed Supports and Resources:
· COVID-19 Anxiety: Here are 5 tips from mental health experts (CTV) · Anxiety Canada: My Anxiety Plan – an online resource providing self-help information for anxiety, as well as a CBT based curriculum · Big White Wall: a free, online mental health and wellbeing service that helps people who are dealing with everyday stressors and mild to moderate depression and anxiety. This service provides virtual online peer support and self-management tools for adults and youth: · Centre for Clinical Intervention: Coping with depression online modules & workbook and support for health anxiety.
App Supports · Woebot is an automated conversation agent that helps you monitor your mood and learn about yourself. Use the referral code: ONTARIO for the app to direct you to local resources, if needed. Mindshift: CBT app for Anxiety Support: https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/new-mindshift-cbt-app-gives-canadians-free-anxiety-relief
The webinar was uploaded into our U-Tube channel, check it out : https://youtu.be/V2q5QLrp630