Professional and Educational Background
Rachel Garcia is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology locally from Western Washington University and her Master’s in Sciences in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2013. In light of Seattle Pacific University’s recent discrimination allegations in refusing to hire an LGBTQIA staff member, Rachel would like to clarify she is an ally and disagrees with SPU’s position.
Rachel works primarily with adolescents, young adults and millennials with a broad range of issues. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and specializes in working with people struggling with intense emotions, self-harm, suicidality and personality disorders. She utilizes a biopsychosocial approach, attending to the brain, mind & body and understands the unique challenges the current culture has on younger folx. She believes therapy is a powerful tool to create understanding and utilize tools to impact the whole self in a positive way. She approaches therapy with authenticity, humor and compassion.
Areas of Specialization
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Anxiety & stress
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Extreme emotion regulation
- Self harm & other destructive impulsive behaviors
- Suicidal ideation & behaviors
- Parenting children/adults with intense emotions
- Stress unique to Gen Z & Millennials
- Grief & Loss
Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends and family, traveling, concerts, reading, games, scuba diving, exploring the outdoors and being involved in her community.