Rachel W. Friendly
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Rachel W. Friendly

She/Her/Hers

Psychologist, PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington DC Accepting Online
Fairfax, VA Not Accepting In-person
Updated April 3, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Identity development
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Relationship issues
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

Dr. Rachel W. Friendly is a queer- and gender-affirming therapist offering inclusive, culturally-responsive therapy. She works with young adults, the young at heart, and anyone seeking personal exploration and growth. Rachel’s clients come to therapy with her because they are ready to explore their identities, build healthier relationships with themselves and others, and take ownership of their power. Rachel is particularly passionate about serving clients who have struggled with the message that their authentic selves are not acceptable. She does a lot of work on gender issues in general and with the transgender and nonbinary community in particular.

Rachel takes a relational approach to therapy, acknowledging the importance of relationships on our wellbeing and using the relationship she develops with clients to explore patterns that may be getting in the way of healthier relationships with others. She also looks at wellness through a feminist and liberation lens, meaning that effective therapy must address the systems of power and oppression that impact us all.

Rachel's style is warm, compassionate, and collaborative. When clients first start therapy, she works to create a strong connection and a safe space in which clients feel seen, heard, and valued.

Rachel received her Ph.D. from Clark University. Prior to starting her private practice, she worked at university counseling centers in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Northern and Southern California for 13 years. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with friends, doing puzzles, or being creative (singing, dancing, baking...).

Rachel's practice is entirely telehealth, and she is licensed in CA, MA, VA, and D.C., which means she can work with clients who are located in one of those states at the time of session. She is currently based out of Virginia, where she lives with her partner, her young daughter, and their gigantic dog.


Message to clients

Have you ever felt like there must be more to life? Like if you could just live your truth and share your whole self with the world, you might finally feel really alive? But at the same time, you worry that the world might reject you -- that you are somehow both too much and not enough, all at once?

Authenticity is scary: it can feel vulnerable, painful, or overwhelming. And yet a life in which you don't get to be your whole, true, self can feel small and hollow.

Inclusive, affirming therapy can help. Together we can help you to grow your self-compassion, create healthy relationships with yourself and others, and find your voice. It is my tremendous privilege to walk this work with my clients, and I would love the opportunity to meet with you too!


Specialties

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

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

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

Rachel Friendly 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: $215 (45min)

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
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
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 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
  • Wed 7:00am-12:00pm PST
  • Thu 10:00am-12:00pm PST, 1:00pm-2:00pm PST
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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 Closed
  • Tue 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Wed 10:00am-3:00pm EST
  • Thu 1:00pm-3:00pm EST, 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Virginia)
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 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Wed 10:00am-3:00pm EST
  • Thu 1:00pm-3:00pm EST, 4:00pm-5:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
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 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Wed 10:00am-3:00pm EST
  • Thu 1:00pm-3:00pm EST, 4:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Fairfax, VA practice
Not 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 Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Counseling Center, Training Director/Staff Psychologist, 2019 - 2022
Notre Dame de Namur University Counseling Services, Training Director/Staff Psychologist, 2017 - 2018
California State University Northridge University Counseling Services, Staff Psychologist, 2015 - 2017
James Madison University Counseling Center, Staff Psychologist, 2011 - 2015

Clark University, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2011
Tufts University, B.A. Psychology, 2002


Licensure

California: PSY27922

Massachusetts: 11340

Virginia: 0810004656

Washington DC: PSY200001476


Languages

English


Publications