Rachel Fernbach, Therapist in Massachusetts — Zencare
Rachel  Fernbach
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Rachel Fernbach

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT Licensed Massage Therapist, LMT Certified Yoga Instructor
Massachusetts, New York Accepting Online

I see clients in New York and Massachusetts, online. Please email me to schedule your free initial consultation, and let's see if we're a good fit.

Updated December 1, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
  • Life purpose & meaning

Professional statement

Rachel Fernbach is a trauma-informed therapist based in Brooklyn. Many of Rachel’s clients come in to address chronic pain, anxiety, and overwhelming stress. She work with adults, and tends to be a great fit for artists, dancers and yogis, and people who are interested in spiritual/contemplative practices. She also offers specialized care for people living with Endometriosis.

Rachel views the the therapeutic relationship as a container in which you'll receive unconditional support in understanding and expressing your feelings, and she teaches mindfulness exercises to help you build self awareness while learning to regulate your nervous system. Finally, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support you in recognizing and repatterning the thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors that no longer serve you.

Rachel's goal is to help you feel more confident in facing your challenges, whether they're coming up personally, professionally, in school, or in relationships. She believes in providing tangible tools for using outside of session, to help you feel calm, make good choices, and move forward with a greater sense of control and ownership.

Her style is creative and collaborative, with a touch of gentle humor to lighten the mood when difficult material comes to the surface. At the beginning of therapy, she asks a lot of questions to best understand who you are within the context of your life, and clearly explains what you're going to do together to try and help you feel better. In addition to traditional talk therapy, Rachel offers the option to explore movement, art, and meditation as therapeutic activities.


Message to clients

I have seen, time after time, how matching with the right therapist can really make a big difference when life feels like too much to handle alone. What I want you to know is that I trust in your capacity to feel better and move forward. I know that you have strengths and skills; My job is to help you recognize your abilities, while encouraging you to meet your difficulties in new and different ways.

I am so appreciative of how quickly my clients progress when provided with unconditional emotional support combined with some thoughtful strategies for facing what's hard. As your therapist I may occasionally challenge you or encourage you to try something unfamiliar, but in the end, I respect you as the expert of your own experience. Our work together will always stay within the range of what you decide feels best. And if you're not sure? I will help you figure it out!

I often hear from prospective clients that they've tried therapy before and "it didn't really help" or "they didn't know what to talk about." I understand how frustrating and disappointing this can be, and I do my best to facilitate a worthwhile experience. This means that I will make a clear plan of how to best ease you into the therapeutic process, and will continually monitor what's working well, and what isn't. If it turns out that we're not a good fit, I will help you find someone else.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Rachel Fernbach 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: $300 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $300

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
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I hold a limited number of sliding scale time slots for clients in need. Please contact me to talk about it.


Location(s)

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am - 4pm
  • Tue 10am - 4pm
  • Wed 10am - 4pm
  • Thu By appointment
  • Fri By appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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 10am - 4pm
  • Tue 10am - 4pm
  • Wed 10am - 4pm
  • Thu By appointment
  • Fri By appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Somatic Psychotherapist, 2010 - Present
Massage Therapist / Bodyworker, 2005 - Present

Barbara Benagh's Art of Teaching Yoga, 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, 2014
Contemplative Dance, 2 Year Certificate in Authentic Movement Practice and Facilitation, 2011
Lesley University, MA Expressive Arts Therapy / Dance/Movement Therapy / Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2010
Finger Lakes School of Massage, NYS Certificate in Massage Therapy, 2004
Hampshire College, BA Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, 2003


Licensure

Massachusetts: 12543

New York: 002553


Languages

English


Publications