Hi, I'm Rachel
I also go by Rae (she/they) and I am the founder of Solstice Therapy. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Clinical Art Therapist and Sex Therapist in Thousand Oaks, California. I work with lots of queer clients and try my best to be an ally to people of color. I work from an anti-oppression and anti-racist stance.
I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. I have been working with clients since 2015, and I am humbled by the opportunity to hold space for my clients to share their stories and release the burdens they have been carrying.
I use somatic therapy modalities including EMDR, Brainspotting, and Art Therapy as well as talk therapy to help my clients feel better. I also use developmental needs-meeting strategy to help people re-parent themselves and meet their own needs. I specialize in treating trauma, especially complex PTSD and have a lot of experience helping people recover from abuse or having a narcissistic or alcoholic parent or emotionally immature parents who did not meet their needs. I love helping people who had difficult childhoods heal and live full, satisfying lives.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked with children 0-5 for 5 years. I am comfortable providing trauma therapy to children of all ages. I specialize in child trauma therapy and can use art therapy, play or EMDR/ Brainspotting with kids.
I provide sex therapy to individuals and couples. I help people who have been through sexual abuse or assault to recover and find a sense of safety and be able to experience pleasure in their body again. I provide couples therapy. I work best with couples looking to deepen their emotional and physical intimacy and improve their communication. I am kink/BDSM affirming and work with people with alternative lifestyles. I love to help people connect with themselves and their partners in satisfying and revitalizing ways. I also love helping people recover from purity culture and religious trauma. I believe that pleasure heals.
I am now offering psychedelic-assisted therapy with ketamine in office or on Telehealth. I have deep respect for Indigenous traditions where people have been using psychedelics for thousands of years to gain insight, wisdom, and healing as well as a heightened awareness of their interconnectedness with nature and the universe.
I am warm, attuned, and present which makes my clients feel comfortable with me. I see the best in my clients and accept them for who they are. I am willing to go as deep as you want to, and will always respect if you are not ready to work on a certain topic yet. I love to laugh with clients and don't take myself too seriously.
When not providing therapy, you will find me with my family and friends, growing vegetables and native plants, writing poetry, enjoying concerts, hosting gatherings, being in nature, doing yoga and making art. I am a mother of two elementary-aged kids.
I love working with other therapists!
My fees are $250/45 min session and $390/90 min session.
If you would like to work with me but my fees are not affordable for you, consider working with a member of our team like Sara or Maggie or my Associate, Danny. They are all very skilled and have lower fees. I meet with them all weekly and provide guidance and feedback about their cases.
If you want help deciding who would be the best fit for you, feel free to reach out to me and I can help you decide!
Ketamine sessions are 2 full hours (120 min)/ $350 per session. They are usually conducted on Fridays. Most people opt to do them every 2-4 weeks during their course of ketamine assisted therapy treatment.
Contact me for a 20 min phone call to see if we are a good fit to work together.