Hello and welcome! My name is Rachel M. Slough, and I am a marriage and family therapy trainee and a teacher. I work with individuals, families, and couples on a variety of issues. I also facilitate pre-commitment counseling in group or couples settings. My approach is integrated, blending methods and models to carefully tailor to client needs. My goal as a therapist is to help all clients feel supported, encouraged, empowered, and equipped to meet their hopes and goals for their therapeutic work.
My philosophy can be summarized perhaps most simply in the photo above which I took in Peru. It translates to "a life free from violence." I have been strongly influenced by the yogic practice of ahimsa, meaning at a very basic level a freedom from violence and harm. In daily life, I interpret this idea as a relinquishment of harm to self, to others, and to the world in which we live. I seek to reflect ahimsa to my clients and students, knowing it is a sacred opportunity to work with others in these thresholds of growth, change, and possibility.
My varied training, experiences, and philosophy shape my work as a therapist and teacher--both within and beyond shared time. As a marriage and family therapist, I look at situations from a systems perspective--recognizing that individuals are affected by circumstances, communities, and many ever-changing factors of daily life. I have additional training, experience, and particular interest in working with couples, relationship difficulties, adolescents, and trauma.
Teaching has been an important part of my life for over 15 years. I offer group and private lessons for children, adolescents, and adults in Spanish, violin, piano, and yoga at all levels. Just as I integrate a creative approach to therapy, I offer a therapeutic, empathic, approachable presence to my teaching. Former students have described my classes as "personal, flexible, sensitive, practical, energetic, and challenging but fun." Rates are negotiable, pending circumstances and requested services. También ofrezco servicios en español.
Again, welcome and please feel free to explore this site for more information. I very much hope you'll contact me for conversation and shared learning.
Please help me graduate! I need to accumulate at least 500 hours of therapy with clients under supervision and will be offering free therapy in a private practice setting. Learn more about what this could mean for you and schedule an appointment if you are interested. You can also hire me to teach, which also helps me graduate :)