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Rachel Shalev, M.A., AMFT

Children and Family Psychotherapy

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About My Practice

I believe that personal change is possible by making time and space for our own thoughts and feelings. My practice provides a safe, comfortable environment, based on principles of acceptance, non-judgment, and compassion to allow the strengths of my clients unfold. I support families, children, and individual adults through integrative psychotherapy that may include art and drama therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

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Services I Offer

In my practice I’m addressing a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-image, eating disorders, complex trauma, grief and loss, and issues related to adjusting to a new country. As an expressive-art therapist, I offer my clients the option to use their creativity, their body, and music, as avenues to explore their feelings and express themselves, not only through talk-therapy. I can provide therapy in English and Hebrew in my office in San Mateo or Online.

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For Young Children

I like to offer art-therapy, including sand tray, drama and play therapy, to honor their developmental stage, and help them to better express themselves.

For Families

I assess and treat the needs of the family system as a whole. I provide parent guidance, and I facilitate communication between family members.

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Get to Know Me

I am a registered Associate Married and Family Therapist, graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a focus on Expressive-Arts Therapy. 

Before I became a therapist I spent many years in the field of education, as a teacher and as a counselor. I worked with both children and adults, including new parents.

Outside of work, I raise two children together with my partner. We also take care of our energetic dog and attention-seeking cat. I like to spend my free time doing art, primarily clay sculptures and drawing. 

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