RACHEL HYMAN, PSY.D
Individual online counseling for older teens and young adults in Washington State
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington. I provide individual counseling for older teens and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. I implement effective psychotherapy methods to assist individuals in gaining tools to mitigate their difficulties, overcome obstacles, and live happier and more joyful lives. It is helpful to keep in mind that therapy is not a quick fix, but rather it is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment. However in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.
I received my bachelors in psychology from Tufts University and doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. I have clinical experience working with many different populations, but my primary focus and passion have always been assisting college-age teens and young adults in learning effective coping skills for their mental health struggles.
To make it convenient, therapy visits are conducted virtually via tele-mental health. As per my license, I am only able to assist those residing in Washington State.
ALL SERVICES OFFERED VIRTUALLY VIA TELEHEALTH
Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Do you feel lost sometimes, and are having trouble figuring out your future path? Do you find yourself worrying all the time? Maybe you’re feeling down and are thinking negatively a lot. This is where I can help. As a solution-focused psychologist, I am passionate about helping older teens and young adults lessen the anxiety they are experiencing and help them to find a path to calm. I can assist you in quieting the self-critical voice and learn to challenge your negative thoughts. I can help teach you effective coping methods to alleviate your worry and stress. I can try to help you enjoy the present moment, while worrying less about the future or ruminating about your past. Utilizing a supportive and evidence-based therapy approach, we will challenge maladaptive behavior and thinking patterns that hold you back from feeling joy and experiencing life in the way you want to live it.
Via a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform, confidential counseling for older teens and young adults approximately ages 17-30 is provided. Counseling is collaborative, and focuses on client-identified goals, using a combination of cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral (DBT) therapy techniques. I specialize in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, familial, school or work stress, as well as trauma, grief and loss.
Please contact me to schedule a complimentary 15-minute initial consultation.
Are you feeling at the end of your rope dealing with your child's concerning or problematic behavior? Frustrated with your toddler's tantrums or your teen's attitude? A consultation can help, providing you with additional skills and tools to help you and your child.
Please contact me to schedule a complimentary initial meeting to discuss your parenting goals and begin the process of bringing calmness into your home.
SERVICE FEES AND PAYMENT
Payment is expected at the time of the service. Insurance is not accepted, but upon request, a detailed service receipt can be provided for you to submit to your insurance company. Please inquire directly with your insurance carrier regarding your coverage for mental health services.
45-minute individual counseling sessions and consultations are $175. The initial 75-minute intake session is $250. I appreciate that it is important to have a good "fit" with one's therapist and thus a complimentary initial 15-minute meeting is also included.
To avoid a fee, please contact me prior to 24 hours in advance of your appointment if you need to cancel.
Payment via check, Paypal or credit card via my telehealth platform is preferred.
DO I REALLY NEED THERAPY?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. By seeking therapy, you are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
HOW DOES THERAPY WORK?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Therapy will be conducted virtually and research has shown that this type of therapy is just as effective as in-person treatment.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THERAPY?
Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular weekly sessions initially, and then space them out as you see progress.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TALKING TO YOU AND TALKING TO ANOTHER SUPPORTIVE PERSON IN MY LIFE?
It is very helpful to have supportive friends and family who can listen, comfort and give advice. A mental health professional will similarly provide support, but has the training and experience to assist you with your struggles in a strategic manner. A therapist can help you approach your situation in a new way, teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, help you better manage emotions, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.
HOW CAN I GET THE MOST OUT OF THERAPY?
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in sessions back into your life. The more you practice what you learn, the more benefits you will obtain. Beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, you may be asked to do “homework” to support your progress. Activities such as practicing relaxation skills, journaling on a specific topic, reading a pertinent book, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals may be recommended.
DOES WHAT WE DISCUSS IN THERAPY REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is often not discussed elsewhere. My notice of privacy practices that you will receive thoroughly explains more about this, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. There are exceptions to confidentiality that we will discuss further, but they relate to safety issues impacting you and others.