About Rachel Stanton, LICSW

EMDR intensive therapy for adults in-person in Boston, MA and online across Massachusetts

Hello

I'm Rachel Stanton

I'm an independently licensed social worker and professional trauma therapist who works with adults experiencing depression and anxiety after bad things have happened. My goal is to help you get to the root of your problems rather than simply talking about them with no change.

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You are not broken,
but you may be wounded.
I can help.

My Philosophy Is...

Difficult experiences lead to depression and anxiety

To transform depression and anxiety we need to first heal from the difficult experiences

EMDR intensives help you heal from difficult experiences

(You can choose to label a “difficult experience” as trauma or something else. I use “difficult experience” because many people feel nervous about the word “trauma”.)

My story

My Journey To Becoming A Trauma Therapist

I am no different from many of the clients I see. Like everyone else, I'm human. I've been through both wonderful and difficult experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help.

When I started out as a therapist, I worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and complicated lives. I remember feeling frustrated with how much time and energy my clients were putting into the work and yet the results were just not that big. It felt like together we were moving mountains just for my client to feel 5% or 10% better.

I dug deeper. Through training and mentorship by some of the leading experts in the world, I began to realize why standard talk therapy is not effective for so many people. My clients and I thought we were treating depression and anxiety. What we were actually working with was the legacy of trauma & difficult experiences that was essentially growing and nourishing the depression and anxiety. If my clients wanted to see a real change, we needed to work through the trauma.

I decided to throw myself “all in” to developing an expertise in working with trauma. I began training with Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Ricky Greenwald, Pat Ogden, and others. What I discovered was that once I started working with the roots of anxiety & depression: traumatic experiences, difficult childhoods, etc, that my clients were actually getting better! And not just better, but feeling joyful and hopeful.

When people reach out to me they often say they spent years of therapy spinning their wheels. I know what they mean. I too as a therapist felt I was spinning my wheels. Now with an expertise in trauma I've come to see that people can actually heal, not just "get better."

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Helping People Energizes Me

People tend to believe the more pain they are experiencing, the less likely it is they can ever really get better, let alone feel a sense of joy and well-being. I have witnessed, and continue to witness everyday the power of trauma and I can tell you: even though it hurts a lot, it is possible to heal. And when you heal, the legacy of the trauma (depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, etc) goes with it. So what has kept me doing trauma work is that it actually works. I am in awe and rewarded daily by the beauty of suffering transformed.

This has led me to become the trauma therapist I am today. I am committed to helping you see healing and transformation.

I Bring Expertise and Compassion

I have a natural ability to:

Help people feel safe and comfortable

Explain in everyday language how trauma impacts our brain and behavior

Hold empathy and respect for the way my clients have reacted to stressful and traumatic experiences

Create and communicate a plan for healing tailored to a person’s unique needs

People who know me often say that I am warm and have a calming presence, especially with those who are suffering.

Our Sessions Are Focused On You

It’s important to me to create a safe space for you to come as you are. I want you to ask questions, correct me when I get something wrong, only tell me the things you want me to know, and feel safe to tell me how things are really going for you.

You are the most important element of our work together. Come as you are! You are welcome here.

Believe

As A Therapist, Here's Why I Embrace
EMDR Intensive Therapy

It is highly effective

You can greatly reduce suffering in a short amount of time

You can achieve healing from trauma in a short amount of time

You don’t have to keep up your commitment and motivation for years to doing the work. You can “strike when the iron is hot” so to speak.

Intensives reduce the amount of pain between sessions. Processing trauma is hard! And it’s even harder when you’re constantly opening up wounds, closing them up (session is over!), and opening them up again, closing, on repeat weekly for years.

The professional stuff

My Professional Background

I earned my Masters in Social Work from Boston College and have 10+ years of experience working in the trauma field. I am an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire in the nursing department teaching prospective psychiatric nurse practitioner students about trauma and dissociation. I provide consultations to therapists and training to small & large organizations on trauma-informed care.

I am trained in Progressive Counting, EMDR, Structural Dissociation, Flash Technique, DBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 2). I stay active in the trauma & dissociation professional groups and am always learning new things!

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Let’s Discover How I Can Help

Heal from the past. Get your free phone consultation where you can share what’s going on for you and we can explore how I can help.

Email me today at [email protected]. I'm here for you.