Rachel Hirning

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Hi! My name is Rachel. I live in Colorado, where I have been a licensed counselor and art therapist for the past fifteen years.

I see people from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and experiences. Individuals are so unique, and every person has their own story to tell. Each person reminds me a colorful and vibrant square in a patchwork quilt. The thread that holds the quilt together is everyone's desire. The desire to feel happy, alive, and good about who they are and what they offer the world. It isn't a lot to ask, but it often feels that way. There is just so much that life throws at us, it is hard to keep up.

Has life felt hard for you? It can feel like a roller coaster of emotions, or maybe events from the past seem to follow you around. Maybe you've had a tremendous loss, or you find yourself in living in uncertainty, unsure when you will ever feel solid ground again. You've lost sight of who you are, or dreams may have been shattered. Maybe it is this slow, gnawing feeling that just aren't living to your potential.

Bravely showing up for your life and all of its experiences is difficult work. This is not easy stuff. I get it, I've been there. I know change isn't easy. But, with the right guidance, accountability, and a willingness to try new things, YOU CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS. You can learn how to feel alive, brave, and happy. It is possible.

My unique approach combines the following:

Cognitive-behavioral techniques (working with your thoughts and behaviors)
E.M.D.R. (a modality for trauma, but mostly used here for resource building)
Expressive arts (to access your wisdom within, through journaling and art making)
Mindfulness practices (to experience states of calm, to understand nature of thoughts and gain clarity)

Many people have described me as warm, always honest, and at times playful.
I'll push you when necessary, to help you embrace new patterns that serve your highest self.

Change can happen. I've seen it. I've done it.
Don't waste anymore precious time. Get started now.
I look forward to helping you create a life you love.

Rachel Hirning, MA, LPC
Masters Transpersonal Counseling Psychology /Art Therapy emphasis


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Career difficulties , Codependency , Life Purpose , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Posttraumatic Stress , Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #0005307 (Expires: 2021-08-01)


Reviews

Written by E.M. on Oct 26, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I have really appreciated my time working with Rachel. She is a very thoughtful and supportive counselor. She always responds to my messages, validates my experiences, and offers strategies or other points of view when my own thinking is stuck or narrowed by my experience. She has made a positive impact in my relationship with therapy, and with myself!

Written by M.A. on Oct 08, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Rachel has helped me so much already and just knowing I can talk to her on my schedule is so helpful for me. She’s just the right amount of supportive.

Written by K.A. on Sep 29, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Rachel is empathetic and kind. She is also able to push me as needed and is always encouraging. She does great work!

Written by D.U. on Sep 07, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Rachel is wonderful to work with through anything and a very pleasant and professional.

Written by H.O. on Aug 08, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She's da bomb dot com

Written by T.A. on Aug 05, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Rachael is always caring and supportive and helps when my stress is so terrible I feel I can't take it anymore. She helps me breathe through it and always encourages me to not give up and focus on what I can control.

Written by T.I. on Jun 22, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coaching

Rachel is compassionate, available and a good listener. She gives me multiple tools when I face tough situations.

Written by S.I. on Jun 13, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Rachel was very helpful and added perspective that I probably wouldn't have considered had I not been assigned to her. Her responses were calm, non-judgmental and reassuring which was very appreciative because I felt like my messages to her were unorganized and borderline manic. I would recommend her even though we only had sessions for a short time due to my not being able to continue them.

Written by C.H. on Jun 13, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 11 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I haven't been able to speak with Rachel long, but in the moments we have shared she has been nothing but a positive light.

Written by E.M. on May 09, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 5 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Rachel helped me through some challenging life transitions and helped me reframe the way I've been thinking about some of life's big questions. I appreciate all the useful tools she shared with me, as well as her kindness and compassion.

Written by K.A. on Mar 07, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue

Rachel has been the best counselor I have ever had!!!

Written by M.I. on Feb 11, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and grief

Rachel has been wonderful to work with. She has been and continues to be a wonderful, supportive counselor as I navigate life's transition.

Written by M.E. on Jan 02, 2020 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

Since I started working with Rachel, I've been able to unravel some deep-seated issues that I never before was able to get to (nor was I willing to!). But with Rachel's caring and thoughtful approaches I have made major steps in dealing with some past trauma.

Written by M.A. on Dec 03, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I really appreciate the time my therapist takes to listen, offering helpful advice and tools. She is very compassionate and caring. I feel heard and if I need to get a lot out she listens and sums up all that I feeling with kindness and has a very genuine, real approach. I value her as my therapist.

Written by G.E. on Nov 30, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning self esteem

She's great!

Written by C.A. on Nov 26, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Rachel is a wonderful counselor--highly recommend! I've made a number of self-discoveries and positive changes with her insight and guidance over the last four months.

Written by A.N. on Oct 30, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Rachel has been super awesome! She’s my first therapist ever - I always kinda assumed the worst sorta stereotypical thing you’d see in movies - But she is everything but! She listens very well, is very wise and has been great at adapting to a variety of tasks! (I’m not the typical Patient) Super appreciate her feedback, and general open-mindedness. She’s very easy to talk to! Rachel, You da bomb!

Written by W.I. on Oct 30, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Rachel is amazing. I feel lucky to have worked with her in the time that I did. I would highly recommend working with her.

Written by S.I. on Oct 28, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

She's great!

Written by A.L. on Sep 05, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I haven’t been working with Rachel for too long yet, but so far she is a great listener. She also offers up great suggestions or knows how to relate to things going on in my life. She is caring and quick to respond with thoughtful answers to my journals or messages. This is the first counselor that I felt immediately connected to.

Written by C.H. on Aug 21, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I’m only a couple sessions in, but already look forward to speaking with Rachel. She is calm and very attentive. She makes great observations while challenging and supporting me.

Written by J.O. on Aug 19, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

I was hesitant at first of online therapy. Will it be the same? Will I connect with my therapist? Will I get as much out of it as I would at an in person session? Well, after just one session, Rachel exceeded my expectations. I have never been more excited about therapy before and what is to come in the future. I feel like Rachel as so much knowledge and so much to teach me. She offers great insight into problem solving but never oversteps or pushes me. I truly feel like she gets me and gets what I am looking to get out of therapy. I look forward to our sessions each week and for what work we can continue to do together.

Written by S.A. on Aug 18, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

So far Rachel has been super responsive and great at listening to my concerns. She is also helping me come up with solutions to help my problems.

Written by A.M. on Aug 15, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

In just a few sessions, Rachel has significantly boosted my hope for my future. Her responses to both my verbal and written communications are clearly worded and helpful. She exudes warmth. By the end of my first session, I had a feeling as though I was speaking to an old friend. She is so skilled at what she does. I'm grateful I found her.

Written by J.E. on Jul 02, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Rachel, is amazing. I’ve been doing a lot better mentally, since she had been helping me. I am definitely in a better space because of her.

Written by A.N. on Jun 30, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Rachel is a very caring counselor. I feel she listens to me, and offer's eye-opening insight's. From day one, I only got loving and compassionate vibes from her, and she's continue's to help me on my self - discovery journey. I always look forward to our chat's. Would highly recommend for anyone struggling with self-love.

Written by J.A. on Jun 24, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and adhd

As someone who is self-motivated, Rachel works with me as I am going through this process. Her recommendations and exercises are helping to strengthen my coping skills.

Written by Y.A. on Jun 18, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Rachel is a wonderful counselor. I don't know if words can do any good, but she really helps me. Helps to gain control over my emotions. Helps by just being there for me. Listening and supporting.

Written by J.A. on Jun 15, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks

Rachel is great. Fast Response. Great ideas and just a nice person.

Written by C.A. on Jun 04, 2019 after counseling with Rachel for 2 weeks

Rachel is always very thoughtful in all of her responses and I feel very supported in the therapeutic relationship. She is really helping me to grow and understand myself with compassion. Her expertise shines through in all of our interactions, for instance when she asks thoughtful questions, when she gives me new strategies to enhance my mental health, and when she encourages me along my path. I truly appreciate Rachel’s work.