I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois with a diverse background in a variety of clinical, educational, and community service settings. My professional experience has included working with diverse individuals to identify their unique core values and build lives of purpose, creativity, and meaning. I offer a warm, accepting approach which emphasizes thinking through options, coping with uncertainty, and finding balance. I engage my clients from a strengths-based perspective. I specialize in helping individuals who have experienced trauma, are facing difficult decisions, stress, family concerns, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I will work with you to identify your values and construct dynamic, practical ways to break old patterns, develop resilience, and solve problems. I have a holistic, integrative approach which views mental and emotional health grounded in a daily practice of self-care. I invite my clients to consider their lives and relationships as works-in-progress. It takes a great amount of courage to reach out for support. I expect you will have questions. The counseling process can offer you hope, renewed energy, and harmony in your life.
I look forward to working with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , Attachment Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Family of Origin Issues , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Immigration Issues , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Multicultural Concerns , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Prejudice and Discrimination , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCPC #180.012724 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
Rachel Rivera changed my life by helping me work through severe childhood trauma. I would highly recommend.
Rachel is a phenomenal counselor. She reassured me of all that I needed to know after losing my son and mother within months of each other. She gave me permission to take the time I needed to grieve, work through the shock and cope with my new normal. I recommend Rachel, counseling, and Better Help to everyone now. Thanks Rachel and thank you Better Help for helping me live whole, again.
Rachel is amazing. She truly listens and recaps what you say. I enjoy it because hearing it back from someone else’s perspective is incredibly helpful.
Rachel is extremely supportive and also challenges when she feels the client can handle it. That’s very helpful in a therapeutic relationship.
Rachel is awesome!!!! She is a great listener. She also asks great questions that really help tackle problems/situations from a different perspective.
Rachel has been amazing. She is so understanding and caring, she truly knows how to make someone feel like they are being heard and things are being worked on with the upmost importance.
I really love working with Rachel. She helps me connect different issues and parts of my life that I’m not able to myself. She helps provide some clarity on issues that are confusing. She is calm and understanding and I always feel better after our conversations!
Rachel is extremely kind and easy to share with. I was hesitant to even take this step and seek any counseling, but Rachel makes it feel as if I’m just talking with an objective friend. She takes perspectives those close to me have never taken, so she is a breath of fresh air.
Rachel is an amazing listener. She is excellent at “reframing” what you present— as if you present a picture and she turns it “right side up.” She is great at drawing out the best of what you probably say when you talk to yourself.
Rachel has been amazing. I never once felt so heard and understood. She doesn't let me wallow, but she doesn't talk down to me when she's explaining what I'm going through or helping me label my emotions. That's really rare. Her advice is always helpful!
Rachel is exceptionally good at paraphrasing what I tell her. This is SO incredibly useful in a counselor because when we hear our own words back through someone else's POV, it allows us to shift perspective a wee bit. I'm SO impressed with her!
I am so grateful that I began this journey, and I am glad that Rachel Rivera has supported me from the very first interaction. It was important to me that I not be just validated, but challenged to find the "why"s because that's where true change exists. I'm not for short-term fixes. I don't want to waste any more of my life living for other's expectations when so much of my energy already goes to helping others. My best friends noticed how relaxed I have seemed, and I even surprised myself when I watched a video recording and noticed that I found no evidence of stress in my face, my voice, my body language... It's amazing how balance can make you whole. Thanks to Rachel, I'm not just looking for balance, I'm manifesting/creating/leveraging it.
I feel very fortunate for this service and the guidance I’ve received from the professional I was matched with. I feel as if I have come a long way from the person I was when I started this process. I still have work to do, and I know with the guidance from Rachel I will make this happen!
I really appreciate the fact that Rachel relates to my feelings! She is very kind and she helps me to see the bigger picture when it comes to my life!
Rachel offers a caring ear to those who haven’t been heard, she acknowledges your feelings and explains things in detail. I’ve appreciated Rachel tools and encouragement throughout this process of wanting to live a better life.
I was afraid to do therapy again. I had a couple horrible attempts before. I'm so grateful my first match was Rachel Rivera! I immediately felt hopeful speaking with her. I've noticed a big change in myself and that's thanks to her. I feel no judgement. I feel safe and comfortable opening up.
Rachel desires to help me on all levels which is obvious in my interactions with her. She is caring. Not judgmental. She is also practical and helps me make sense of my situation.
She is professional, attentive, very timely. She gives me precise customized work specific to my issues. They help so much. She is empathetic, kind, and really pays close attention to what I am saying. Grateful to have found her.
Rachel has been great! She has been very understanding of my situation and has offered me tools and learning opportunities to improve my quality of life.
Professional, understanding, and helpful.