Rachel C. Sykes

Rachel C. Sykes


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Master of Education, EdM Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Massachusetts Accepting Online
Financial District Accepting In-person

a limited number of walk and talk sessions are available - please ask for more information

Updated February 17, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Career counseling
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Women's issues
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Rachel Sykes is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. She is passionate about helping stressed out professional women who are unfulfilled personally and/or professionally regain their confidence and experience joy in their life. Her clients have typically worked hard in life and expected that their accomplishments would make them happy but have realized that something is missing. They are embarrassed to admit how they feel to friends and family, and they feel ungrateful and alone. For couples clients, they are often struggling with similar issues and need some help improving communication, addressing injuries to the relationship, and equitably sharing the work and emotional loads.

Rachel helps her clients reduce stress, lessen anxiety and depression, improve satisfaction in career and family life, and regain hope and confidence. She pulls from a broad range of counseling methodologies, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and mindfulness theories to identify client stressors and appropriate strategies for treatment. She helps clients evaluate their current tools for dealing with stress and offers new ways to cope that are effective and don't create additional problems over time. She can also help you set goals, monitor your progress and identify possible obstacles. By employing these and other strategies, Rachel strives to help clients increase resiliency, feel more engaged in their relationships, and spend more time enjoying the good things in their life.

Rachel completed her M.Ed. in mental health counseling and recently opened her own practice in downtown Boston offering telehealth, in-person, and walk and talk sessions. Prior to entering the counseling field, Rachel worked in the investment field where she completed her MBA and earned the right to use the CFA designation. She is also a certified yoga instructor and has taught both finance and counseling at local universities.

Message to clients

I know that it is hard to dedicate an hour every week (or two) to focus on yourself, as I'll bet you typically put your own needs at the bottom of the priority list. I have found that feeling better about yourself requires an investment of time, commitment, and a willingness to make changes. If you are interested in trying a new approach, reach out for a brief complimentary consultation to see if we are a good fit. My clients find me to be direct, respectful, professional, and timely. I suggest that clients will be able to get a good sense of how I operate within the first 3 appointments.

Most of my clients have limited time, so consider if tele-health might be the most efficient option for you. Many clients appreciate the flexibility to attend in-person appointments when possible, and tele-health when needed. I currently have some times available for in-person sessions in my downtown Boston location, and also offer a limited number of early morning appointments if you cannot take time away during your day. My office is within walking distance from State Street, Downtown Crossing and South Station in a discreet location to maximize your confidentiality.


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

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying career goals and implementing steps toward building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

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

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

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love


  • Adults (24+)


Rachel Sykes 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)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)

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
  • Courtesy 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
  • As needed


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 7 am - 5 pm (telehealth)
  • Wed 7 am - 5 pm (telehealth)
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Financial District practice
185 Devonshire Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110
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 7 am-5 pm (in-person & walk and talk)
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Rachel C. Sykes, LMHC, LLC, Owner, therapist, 2023 - Present

Bridgewater State University, M.Ed., Mental health counseling, 2020
CFA Institute, CFA, 2005
Suffolk University, MBA, 2003
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A., Psychology, 1992


Massachusetts: 13546