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Rachel Gardner, LCSW

Rachel is described as organized, hard-working, reliable, and passionate when it comes to her clients. She brings a calm presence to any room she is in. Rachel has worked in a variety of care settings with children, adolescents, and spent time working as a residential staff in an RTC prior to her time as a clinician at New Haven.

Rachel earned her Bachelor of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach and went on to receive her Masters in Social work from the University of Southern California. Her experience in working in both hospital and residential settings has prepared her well to work on New Haven’s team. Rachel’s training gives her access to a variety of methodologies including ACT, DBT, EMDR, TF-CBT, CBT, IFS, equine therapy, sandtray, and motivational interviewing. She is also completing her training as a trauma sensitive yoga instructor. Rachel tends to work most with students and families facing trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, attachment and executive functioning. She also works with complex family systems. 

Her desire is to ignite hope, encourage perseverance, and promote authenticity throughout her clients transformational journey so they can reach their highest potential and thrive. She enjoys being a part of the process of empowering clients to make sustainable change, and is honored to be permitted to walk the path of healing together.

Rachel has a variety of hobbies that mostly include being outside! Growing up, Rachel enjoyed surfing the beaches of Southern California. She now loves using her teardrop trailer to explore the mountains, go camping, biking, hiking, kayaking and riding her horse. When indoors you can find her reading therapy related books, hosting gatherings to practice new recipes, or just hanging out with her 3 cats and fish. Of course, during football season she is always tuned into the USC football game!