Rachel Benkler

(MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP)

About Me

I am originally from Pennsylvania, where I attended Shippensburg University to earn my Bachelor's of Social Work, Minor in Ethnic Studies, and Master's of Social Work. I spent a summer post grad in Chicago, IL working with a faith-based urban outreach organization. I then moved to Rock Hill, SC where I've lived coming up on 8 years. During this time I've gained a variety of work experience within Rock Hill and York, South Carolina and Charlotte, NC. I have experience with youth in two different residential treatment facilities, outpatient counseling with children, teens, and adults, and was the first lead social worker with a start up non-profit for at risk teens girls and victims of commercial sexual exploitation. I have been in the schools, jails, court rooms, community outreach and speaking engagements, and counseling rooms as a social worker and therapist. My education, professional, and personal experiences, have given me opportunities to spend time with people of all different backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles.

My most recent counseling experience involved working predominately with adults in their 20's through age 80. I have provided support to people struggling with life transitions like: moving to a new location, finishing college, dating relationships, self-discovery and redefining the stories of their past, family relational problems, rape and other forms of trauma, self-harm, grief and loss, unemployment, domestic violence, boundary issues in relationships, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and the need for spiritual insight to better understand identity and how to cope with pain and suffering. I am currently working towards certification as a Daring Way Facilitator; an empirically based training and certification program for helping professionals, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. It offers several curriculum's that focus on the topics covered in Brené’s books including courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. https://thedaringway.org/

I view you as strong and courageous to be seeking out help or guidance. This is vulnerability; this is courage. Within a trusting and healthy relationship, you are allowed to express your true thoughts and feelings in a way that brings healing, clarity, wisdom to understand, acceptance, forgiveness, and growth. This can be a very difficult process, and sometimes we become so discouraged and lose hope for things to get better. When we feel overwhelmed or just stuck in our situation, we can feel the most alone and isolated, around people, but not feeling connected or getting what we need. It is my desire to create a safe place for you and I to work through these things together, talk through your story of the past, present, or future, or whatever is bothering you, and equip you to find peace and comfort beyond our sessions. The name of my business/private practice is Selah Services. "Selah" means to pause and reflect; think about the weight of what was just read or spoken or experienced. I welcome you to try this out. Come and See. Selah


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C011602 (Expires: 2020-06-30)

LISW #12783 (Expires: 2020-12-31)