Rachel Martin, MPH, MSW, LSWAIC
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence based practice used to improve the parent-child relationship while decreasing problematic behaviors in littles. PCIT has been proven to decrease parenting stress and increase parenting confidence.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy used to treat symptoms of trauma. It utilizes bilateral stimulation to help littles move through the healing process more quickly.
Play Therapy provides littles with additional ways of communicating and processing thoughts and feelings. Littles can choose from drawing, imaginative play, storytelling, and more.
Art Therapy uses the creative process to help littles explore thoughts and feelings they may not feel safe expressing out loud. Creating fosters the ability to explore emotions, improve self-worth, and build coping skills.
The most important aspect of developing a therapeutic relationship with littles is building trust. I will create a safe and inviting space where littles can be completely themselves. As we get to know each other through play, I will develop a tailored approach utilizing mindfulness, TF-CBT, play and art therapy, and EMDR to help each little live a happier and healthier life. I also offer sessions specifically for parents to discuss ongoing concerns and develop a plan for at-home responses when issues arise.
My name is Rachel and I love working with kids! I have a dual Master's degree in Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis. I am a licensed clinical social worker associate under the supervision of LICSW Lori Whittaker. I have over a decade of experience working with littles in various capacities including most recently with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. I offer a tailored approach to all littles I'm working with to address symptoms related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, and managing big feelings. Littles are amazingly resilient and can thrive with a little love and support.
Therapy Dog in Training
Meet Theodore Barkington III. He's known as Teddy to his friends, which is everyone. Teddy is a year old Labrador mix and he is learning how to be the best and most supportive canine around. Teddy is training for the Canine Good Citizens Certification and often joins me for sessions. He's a VGB (very good boy).
Interested in scheduling an appointment for your little? I would love to discuss your concerns and my availability. Currently, I do not accept insurance and am out of pocket only. I charge $125 per 50 minute session and offer reduced rate sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, subject to availability. I am available for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly appointments. Please reach out by phone or email for additional information.