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Therapy & Coaching Services

I specialize in working with issues of complex and adulthood trauma, LGBTQ+ populations, and expansive sexualities such as polyamory/non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, and sex work. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a therapy modality that utilizes the body to help clients develop resources and heal trauma and attachment issues. 

I approach therapy and coaching from a holistic and trauma-informed lens, utilizing somatic (body-based), emotion-focused, mindfulness-informed modalities as well as incorporating tools from traditional approaches like psychodynamic, CBT (cognitive-behavioral), and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), where appropriate and with clients' consent. 

I also
believe that forms of social oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and so on, operate as traumas and stressors as well and thus, are of concern as barriers to wellness. My work is grounded in the principles of non-judgment, positive regard, harm reduction, and compassion. I am currently training in Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) with Janina Fisher and have completed Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. I earned my Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

I am queer, femme, non-binary, a trauma survivor, neurodiverse, and chronic pain/illness experience-identified. While I always ask permission in sessions about self-disclosure, I strongly believe that my humanity is what makes therapy and coaching effective. 

What's the difference between psychotherapy and coaching?

​1. Coaches do not diagnose or treat any mental health conditions. If we work together as coach & client, I am not your therapist or your social worker, although I can bring my education and training into the session.
2. Coaching clients cannot use or be reimbursed by their health insurance companies for session fees.
4. Coaching often focuses on skills education and practice and can be more solution and action-oriented than psychotherapy. Coaching often also lends itself to more time-bound arrangements.


My Approach

At the moment I am only taking on coaching clients:

Does this sound like a good fit for your healing journey? Then reach out to me at today!

Areas of Specialization

  • Trauma: childhood, adult, systemic, intergenerational, sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence

  • Relationship and attachment issues

  • LGBTQ+ Identity

  • Health at Every Size, disability, and body-based oppression

  • Somatic (body-based) healing and mindfulness

  • Sex work and kink-affirming

This badge confirms that Rachel Harlich, LMSW is a psychotherapist listed on the Kink Aware Professionals directory as a therapist and coach who is familiar and affirming of BDSM involved clients. Rache is a sex-positive LGBTQ body-positive therapist located in Brooklyn NYC.
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