Rachel DeStefano

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Rachel DeStefano

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional

More About Me

I believe everyone has a voice that is worthy of being heard and everyone is worthy of feeling seen. But it is not uncommon to believe that our voice does not matter and that our words are insignificant. We may feel ignored, neglected, unsupported, and invalidated. When this happens, we may turn inward and make ourselves, and our needs, very small.

We may lash out and get loud so that others will hear us. Or we may turn to alcohol, drugs, food, relationships – anything to fill this void we feel inside. We have these unmet needs at our core, and we are not always sure how to meet them in healthy ways. My goal is to help you identify what is missing, help empower you to find and use your voice, assist you with connection to yourself and with others, and find healthier ways to cope when life becomes messy and overwhelming.

We all experience trauma – whether it feels big and obvious, or maybe it is a bit more subtle. Sometimes we do not realize how this trauma is impacting us on a daily basis. We think we are in control, but we are reacting to life rather than responding to it. Trauma is tricky – it isn’t something we often want to talk about. And sometimes there are no words to describe that feeling in the pit of our stomach.

I offer specialized trauma therapy that requires little to no talking at all. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), both of which provide alternative ways of coping with trauma. I have worked with countless clients through their traumas and I consider it a true honor and privilege to be a part of my clients’ journeys. I understand that therapy requires clients to lean into vulnerability and trust – two things that are often not easily given. And I have the deepest respect for those who choose to do their work and are open to the process. I also respect those who are hesitant of the process, who are skeptical of its benefits, and those who are even resistant to it. All I ask is that you are honest. Honesty is a crucial step towards healing.

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5 Fun Facts About Rachel:

People describe me as eclectic, quirky, and creative. I love to write and have dreams of becoming an author. I also love musicals. I grew up singing showtunes with my mom and sister. My favorite musicals are: Wicked, Come from Away, and Hamilton.

I love to knit. This has been one way that I have learned to cope with anxiety. One of my goals is to gift a blanket to all my friends and family. Side benefit: no matter where I go, I always have a blanket!

One of my favorite hobbies is photography. I love the idea of capturing a moment. Lately I have taken many photographs of my family. My son is now used to the camera lens and smiles for me.

I love to travel! There is nothing like the feeling of exploring a new city. I love to walk the streets, allowing my senses to take it all in. My favorite places have been: Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, Israel, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Alaska.

I graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Go Gators! This is where I met my husband and where we adopted our beagle, Ollie. It’s also where I discovered my love for counseling. The city in the swamp will always have a special place in my heart.

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