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About Rachel Humphries

Working as an Equal to Clients 

After almost 20 years in EMS, I opened my own therapy practice, offering virtual sessions, as a licensed professional counselor associate. I've spent 10 years in higher education, earning BS & MS in psychology and an MS in clinical mental health counseling. I specialize in working with individuals that are suffering from life changing illnesses and injuries. Invisible illness is the hardest to navigate and often requires the client to explain key pieces of their journey to their therapist. I have the knowledge and experience to not only understand the medical journey, but also to understand and empathize with the difficulty these clients are going through. 

I view myself as an equal to my clients. We work together to find the balance between living a full life and managing their illness.  I understand the struggle of being misunderstood and invalidated throughout this journey. I use my medical background, personal experience, and training in therapy to help my clients live their best life while honoring their challenges and symptoms. 

My Education & Experience

I began my education in the medical field as an EMT student. I spent my initial years obtaining my education as a Paramedic. After I transitioned to a Paramedic, I began my undergraduate psychology degree and received that in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology emphasizing in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Substance Use. Throughout my nearly 20 years in EMS, I attended countless trainings on mental health emergencies and crisis and began the path to become an educator myself. I learned that mental health for first responders was not only lacking, but discouraged by the culture and mismanaged by the same administrators that were supposed to have our back. 

I obtained my first Masters of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Disaster and Crisis response. I had planned on moving forward with a Ph.D. program to work with veterans as a psychologist. I found this changed, however, after repeated exposure to mismanaged crisis in first responders. I changed my course and obtained a Masters in Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on Trauma and Crisis. Internship was a starting point for me where I worked with a company that provided low to no cost counseling for those that were in need as a volunteer. I spent some time evaluating what I wanted to do with my degree and ultimately found my place in counseling other first responders and victims of trauma.