Rachel Goodwin, LPC, LCDC
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the State of Texas and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Illinois. She received my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in Dallas, TX.
She has extensive experience working at multiple levels of care, including Residential Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient Therapy. She is experienced in group, individual, and couples/family therapy. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and and practices from a trauma-informed lens. She has particular expertise in the treatment of Addictions, Trauma, and LGBTQ issues.
Rachel is a person in long term recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, and disordered eating, She is also a trauma survivor, which allows her to offer a unique perspective to the therapeutic process.
She is available to see clients located in Illinois and Texas virtually and in person in Houston, TX.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.
Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions.