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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. Trauma was my primary focus/specialty of study, but throughout my training I discovered the stigma of individuals suffering with borderline personality disorder permeated the health field. Finding the right counselor is pivotal in your success in building the skills needed for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and maintaining personal relationships. 

I view myself as an equal to my clients. We work together to determine the best course of action for their lives. I understand the struggle of being misunderstood and invalidated in situations based solely on communication. This is what drove me to studying DBT, CBT, and Radical Acceptance to help others with these struggles. I utilize these skills, combined with my trauma centered focus, to help others learn to deal with hypervigilance, regulate their emotions in a healthy way, and grow as an individual to lead happy, healthy lives.

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.