Rachel  Ralston

Rachel Ralston

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon & daytime appointments in Carroll Gardens practice (updated May 12, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Rachel Ralston is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She works with adolescents and young adults as they navigate life transitions, and helps clients find clarity, develop self-worth, explore their identity, and cultivate their strengths to realize their best selves. She is dedicated to helping individuals who are struggling with anxiety, those who are overcoming obstacles with relationships, and those seeking to become unstuck in current life patterns. She also has a passion for working with young people on developing self-esteem and a sense of empowerment.

Rachel also has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress. She works with adolescents and teenagers on time management skills, address academic pressures, social issues, and develop coping methods for other challenges that may be going on in their lives. She is dedicated in ensuring that all individuals feel safe and comfortable during session and that trust and support are established in the therapeutic relationship.

Rachel has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has completed three Post-Masters Certificate Programs through New York University in Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Approaches to the Adolescents, and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Message to clients

Beginning therapy can be the start of an empowering journey. Therapy can be challenging, especially when exploring difficult or very personal issues. I create a space of unconditional acceptance and provide the tools to unpack stuck patterns in your life so that together, we can identify areas for growth and promote lasting change.


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

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

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing through 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

Self-Esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (50min)
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Carroll Gardens practice

525 Court Street


Brooklyn, NY 11231

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-9:30pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2015 - Present

Partnership with Children, 2015 - Present

Jewish Child Care Association, 2008 - 2015

NYU, Post Master's Certification in Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2017

NYU, Post Master's Certification in Clinical Approaches to the Adolescent, 2014

NYU, Post Master's Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice, 2010

Virginia Commonwealth University, MSW, 2008


  • English

Client testimonials

Prospective client

Our phone consultation went great! Super easy. We have a first appointment on the calendar.

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