“Rachel Bernard is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor at the Golden Wellness Center, bringing over twenty years of experience to the counseling relationship. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Masters degree in Educational Psychology. She received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certification in Counseling Children and Adolescents from Regis University in Denver. She specializes in treating school-aged children and teens, providing play and expressive arts therapy, and treating adults who have experienced trauma. Her areas of expertise with children include mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma; neurodevelopmental issues such as ADHD and autism; and adjustment issues such as grief and loss, divorce, and family blending. She is a Level 2 provider of Theraplay and also works with attachment issues including adoption, foster care, and attachment disruptions. She is a Level 1 provider of EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a modality used to help individuals reprocess traumatic events and foster a more regulated nervous system.
Since 2001 she has worked with diverse children and families across residential, educational, community mental health, and private practice settings and has spent the majority of her career providing bilingual services. Rachel uses a prescriptive, integrative approach with clients, tailoring her specific interventions and modalities to best meet the needs of each individual’s presenting concerns and goals. She is firmly rooted in both Humanistic/Existential and Feminist Theories and provides a Polyvagal Theory informed approach to therapy. She weaves in Attachment-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Internal Family Systems, Solutions Focused, Assertiveness Training, Therapeutic Drumming, and Mindfulness practices depending on the unique needs of her clients. Her goal is for clients to feel safe, seen, heard, held, deeply understood, radically accepted, and empowered by the therapeutic relationship. She aims for all clients to develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, insight, self-compassion, and to tend and befriend their nervous systems. In her free time she enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, and visiting hot springs in the Colorado mountains. She is a devoted yoga and Pilates practitioner, avid gardener and cook, and voracious reader. She is also a musician and has played drums in several area bands and is a member and instructor in Girls Rock Denver. She is actively involved in Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Blue Bench. ”