Rachel  Astarte

Rachel Astarte


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Master of Fine Arts, MFA Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, CCHT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
Nyack Accepting In-person
Updated February 25, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Artists' mental health
  • Identity development
  • Stress management
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Mind-body connection
  • Life purpose & meaning

Professional statement

Rachel is a licensed psychotherapist and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She received a diploma in Mind-Body Wellness from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, where she also received her certifications in Transformational Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy. She studied Theater and Acting at Loughborough University (UK) and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She has also received shamanic training from The Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Along with a professional life in the arts as a writer and performer, Rachel has been an adjunct professor of writing at East Coast colleges including Philadelphia University, Bucks County Community College, and Emerson College. She is currently a member of the online faculty at Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts, where she teaches courses in spirituality and modern mysticism, Jungian archetypes, and ethics for healers.

Rachel is an author of both fiction and non-fiction books, all of which promote individual healing and wellness. She was also a nominee for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and was the 1996 Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Rachel has been a human rights activist since the South African anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s. She has marched for AIDS research, gun control, LGBTQ+, and women’s rights. She has been a Palestinian-Israeli peace activist since 2003—both as a member of Women in Black in New York City (serving on their Board in 2004), and as the founder of The Astarte Project, through which she organized art events and lectured at such venues as New York City’s New School on the topic of employing the arts as a means toward conflict resolution.

Rachel brings to her therapy practice the vision of unity through individuality.

The stronger our foundation of self, the better we can contribute to the world around us.

Message to clients

If traditional talk therapy hasn’t worked for you, you’re my people.

The way I see it, you are an extraordinary masterpiece, uniquely crafted. Yet it’s easy to lose sight of how exceptional you truly are.

Whatever feels “off” in your life—depression, unhealthy relationships, a dead-end career, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem—is a symptom of a larger problem: an unbalanced and under-appreciated Self.

In reality, your problems are beacons guiding you toward wholeness. Just like a fever lets us know we have an infection, life problems let us know something deep within us isn’t right. We don’t blame the fever, we thank it for alerting us to the bigger problem.

Using your current life challenges as a guide, we work together—using the art of Selfcrafting—to build the Foundation of Self you need in order to live an enriching and fully human life.

This deep self-work not only benefits you—it strengthens relationships with loved ones and the rest of our human family.

By living life as our true selves, we contribute awakened energy to collective consciousness. Think of the concept of manifestation. Rather than putting out vibes that align with what we want from life, living as our true selves manifests the world we want to live in.

As a Self specialist, I help you create a healthy Foundation of Self so you can navigate life's challenges with confidence and grace.


Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Imposter syndrome - Learning how to identify instances of imposter syndrome and combatting any beliefs that one is not enough or does not deserve good things; practicing assertiveness and developing confidence

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Rachel Astarte is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $200

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • As needed


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; inquire about evenings (up to 8 p.m.)
  • Wed 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; inquire about evenings (up to 8 p.m.)
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; inquire about evenings (up to 8 p.m.)
  • Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Nyack practice
85 Main Street, Unit 2F, Nyack, New York 10960
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wed 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Sat 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

Rachel Astarte Holistic Psychotherapy, Director/Owner, 2020 - Present
Sacred River Healing, Associate Psychotherapist, 2017 - 2018
Indigo Marriage and Family Therapy, Associate Psychotherapist, 2017 - 2018
Midtown Marriage and Family Therapy, Intern/Associate Therapist, 2016 - 2017

Northcentral University, MAMFT, 2018
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Certification in Mind-Body Wellness; Certified Transformational Life Coach; Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, 2012
Emerson College, MFA in Creative Writing, 1994
SUNY Brockport, BA in Theater Arts, 1990


New York: 001677