About: Rachel Goldman, PhD (She/Her/Hers)
Approach to helping
I believe that people find their way to therapy when the timing is right – when you are at a point in life where you are looking for a steady hand to accompany you along your journey. Whether it is to explore current life challenges, regain a sense of yourself, or foster meaningful growth, therapy is an investment in yourself. I can offer you a trusting, safe space in which to do this.
My approach to therapy is integrative and I bring a calm, empathic demeanor to interventions from several different therapies. My “first language” is a psychodynamic approach, which focuses on elements of ourselves outside of awareness that are based on our relationships and early life experiences. These models often create blueprints for how we cope with stress. Together we will use curiosity to understand how early experiences have impacted who you are and how you connect with others. Insight creates the freedom for you to do things differently.
Cognitive and behavioral strategies can also help you to change certain thought patterns and actions while alleviating anxiety, stress, and intense feelings. Our treatment plan may begin by focusing on strengthening your coping capacities and tailoring strategies to provide you with more stable footing before we move toward deeper issues. If you have experienced trauma, I use evidence-based interventions to support processing of painful memories, making meaning of these events, and shifting your focus and personal narrative from survival to recovery and healing. When working with couples, I use an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model.
Experience and focus
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and California with extensive experience in the field of psychological trauma and mental health. Much of my experience has been in working with people who have been harmed by others in relationships. I work with adults and couples, and have particular interests in supporting emerging adults navigating life transitions, as well as mothers during the pre-and post-partum period. I also have expertise in working with asylum seekers and refugees, recognizing the unique obstacles faced by these groups of people and the profound resiliency of the human spirit.
I approach individuals with cultural humility, inviting each person’s experiences and life history into the room. Being curious and educated around the multiple aspects of one’s identity, including knowledge of systems of power and oppression, is fundamental to the healing process.
My clinical experiences have included hospital, non-profit, and clinic work. With a deep commitment to culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse populations, I have supported veterans and military families, survivors of torture, and those affected by war trauma. I earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, an MA in General-Experimental Psychology from St. John’s University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland.
More about my story
I hope to bring who I am as an authentic person into the room with my clients. It is a privilege to sit with someone, bearing witness to their vulnerability and pain. To help them access parts of themselves they didn’t know existed is equally rewarding and moving.
Personally, I express my creativity through cooking – I believe that food nourishes so much of our soul and guides our shared humanity – and this interest extends to my passion for travel. I love experiencing cultures through food, art, and education and I am constantly humbled in my travels; they never cease to revise the assumptions in my worldview.
I also value being active and can’t think of anything better than a beautiful day at the farmer’s market.
We can help.