Hello and Welcome! My name is Raquel Buchanan and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT #118976) and doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University. I specialize in treating self-esteem issues related to interpersonal trauma focusing on the impact that childhood abuse or neglect has on emotional and mental health.
I am a self-esteem therapist who focuses on building coping skills, finding your hidden strengths and talents, and getting you out of negative thought patterns that keep you stuck. I have assisted many of my clients overcome issues like addiction, relationship conflict, depression, and anxiety related disorders. The best compliment I have ever received was that my therapeutic approach “was like talking to a friend.”
I am a certified domestic violence group facilitator and have worked with county probation providing therapy to men and women who use violence or abuse in their intimate relationships. I provided individual counseling to individuals who want to stop their use of violence.
I use an eclectic approach to therapy incorporating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to give you a safe, non-judgmental place where you can express yourself and who you are fully!
The therapy I provide is intensive in nature using both the text and video feature to assist you during your therapeutic process. You should expect to have regular communication with me including daily check-ins and one video or telephone session a week. Your care is important to me, I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 118976
Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Raquel for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder
Raquel has a very modern approach, in that I feel like she has enormous capacity to meet people where they are, recognize that "we are where we are" and build a collaborative approach from there. I also appreciate that she is very direct - this helps me overcome my tendency to beat around the bush and get to the heart of the issue. Further, I think Raquel has great facility working with men, and has given me some good perspective on managing aggression and anger in a socially appropriate fashion.
Written on May 19, 2021 after therapy with Raquel for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions
Raquel is the best! She has helped me in so many different aspects of my life. I can’t thank her enough. Best therapist I have ever had!
Written on Mar 03, 2021 after therapy with Raquel for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue
Raquel makes me feel like she genuinely cares about my well being. This is (surprisingly) rare for a therapist in my experience, but every time we speak she seems to take the time to understand my perspective and where I'm coming from, and helps me to address the issues on my mind. She also makes it clear that she cares about my care going forward, including but not limited to the work I do with her, providing a more all-encompassing care experience.
Written on Dec 08, 2020 after therapy with Raquel for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and adhd
Raquel has been an enormous help to me. In just a few weeks, I've already had more therapeutic engagement with her than I have had in months with a traditional therapist. I am already doing so much better with her help. Thank you!
Written on Jul 30, 2020 after therapy with Raquel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
I’ve tried many different therapists for many years in the past, but it seems like Raquel gets me and I felt as if we just clicked from the start. She’s quick to identifying underlying issues and gives unbiased advice and even with her amazing expertise, she does not come off as intimidating. So glad to be working with her!
Written on Jul 08, 2020 after therapy with Raquel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes