I work with clients to understand how repressed earlier emotions affect current decision-making, behavior, and relationships.

Our Team

Rachael Topel, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family-based therapy (FBT), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I believe that all of us have the power to find the best solutions for ourselves and make appropriate changes in our lives. I strive to help clients use their own understanding of their experiences as a platform for healing. I work with clients to understand how repressed earlier emotions affect current decision-making, behavior, and relationships. Clients who work with me will learn to analyze and resolve their current issues and change their behavior in current relationships through deep exploration and analysis of earlier experiences and emotions. Clients will be encouraged to challenge and restructure negative or irrational beliefs. It is important for me to help others explore trauma and manage stress in healthy, creative and productive ways.

Education

BS - Psychology (Minor in Family Studies), Towson University Honors College

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California

Internship, PUC Clinical Counseling Program

Internship, Wellnest Emotional Health

License Number and State

CA 116657

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy live music, nature, travel, yoga, hiking, skiing, going to the beach, trying new bars and restaurants, and spending time with friends, family, and my cat Toki.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

I am an extrovert, so I strive to maintain connection to others on a daily basis in order to support my mental well-being.

What book have you read more than once?

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is a book I have read repeatedly because of the valuable lessons it teaches, such as the importance of being present and trusting your life purpose.

How do you recharge?

Since I am originally from Maryland, I recharge by flying home to the east coast and spending quality time with my family.