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About

Somatic & Parts-Work Queer Therapist, Trainer, Consultant

I am a therapist, speaker, and consultant with more than 14 years of experience working in mental health, as well as social justice and educational work. I serve those with expansive sexual and gender identities and expressions - LGBTQ+ people, polyamorous and non-monogamous folks, BDSM/kink-involved clients, sex workers, and clients looking to address issues of trauma (particularly complex/childhood trauma), relationships and attachment, chronic pain and illness, anxiety, depression, and more. I also offer training and consulting on serving these groups safely, competently, and affirmatively. I am neurodiversity-friendly and believe in a world where we can unmask freely. I am passionate about intersectional justice across race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, body size, and age groups, and often discuss with clients the ways we experience and then internalize oppression and the impact this can have on our mental health.

I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-focused talk therapy modality for trauma and attachment healing, and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) with Janina Fisher - a parts-work approach tailored to complex trauma and dissociation. I incorporate these modalities as well as Internal Family Systems in my work with clients. In relationship therapy, I am influenced by Relational Life Therapy, attachment theory-focused modalities like Imago Relationship Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy, as well as by principles of sex therapy.

While my clients now are adults in private practice, I have worked with a wide swath of populations: young people of all ages, substance users, sexual assault survivors, patients seeking abortions, the LGBTQ+ young people and adults, low-income people facing chronic physical illness & severe and persistent mental illness, people affected by HIV/AIDS, among many others. My experience ranges from psychotherapy, case management, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, workshop facilitation, classroom education, and grassroots organizing.

I currently see psychotherapy clients in NY state, unceded Lenapehoking land, and speaking and consulting clients everywhere.

A picture of Rachel Harlich, a queer nonbinary neurodivergent and disabled somatic trauma and relationship therapist located in New York City.

Certifications

​Relational Life Therapy Level 1, Relational Life Institute - In Progress

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

Janina Fisher's Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) Level 1, Academy of Therapy Wisdom

Motivational Interviewing, Training and Practice Implementation Institute

Additional training on Internal Family Systems, Substance Use, BDSM/Kink-Affirmation in Psychotherapy, Couples and Relationship Therapy, OCD, Somatics, and more

Education

Master of Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2019

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, minor in Education, American University, 2009
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