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Fun Fact:

I almost failed 3rd grade for spelling!

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Drag name:

Anita Knapp

Favorite Concert:

The Lumineers in 2012 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.

Best Memory:

Getting married at Race & Religious venue in New Orleans to my husband Mike.

     My name is Rachel Stein, and I got my start in counseling seeing teens and adults within various settings such as schools, psychiatric hospitals, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Through those vast experiences I have helped many people cope with a variety of struggles varying from acute mental health crisis, continued stabilization after residential or outpatient program completion, as well as regular checkups to help clients continue living out the life they have always dreamed of living.

     I have found that no matter what level of support I am providing or setting I am seeing people in a few things remain constant: Those who want to heal are seeking genuine connection, clinical direction, and are willing to put in some good old fashioned hard work to see results. With these core principles I find that many people have the power within them to create the life they have always dreamed of living.

     I use many approaches to help people get to the point where they can live out their best life (CBT, DBT, person centers, trauma focused, etc) – clinicians call this an “eclectic style” of treatment – I call it personalized and individualized support. I do not believe that one clinical style works for everybody – just like how we don’t all wear the same clothes or eat the same foods. I am a strong believer in individuality and uniqueness across the board and by using your individual strengths or unique characteristics we can create ways to use those things to help you process and change the negative cycles you are stuck in, increase the positive cycles you would like to do more consistently, and start to set goals to create a life that is thriving – not just surviving.

     I connect best with the black sheep, the outsiders, the wallflowers of the world. I want to change the face of counseling and therapy away from the “wellness yoga” and “finding inner peace” trends. Although, I believe those are valuable ideas and skills; I find equal value in helping you create a community you can do “hood rat shit with”, helping you rebel against societal norms in a healthy way, and help you push the envelope of what is “normal” to create a life that is personally exciting to you and that consistently feeds your unique and individual soul’s needs.

     

     A little bit about my training and expertise – I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Counseling (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Counseling (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Counseling (CBT), Family and Couples Counseling, and Motivational Interviewing.

Nugget of Wisdom:

You can’t thrive until you can learn to do more than just survive.