Rachael Berkeley, LCSW
Counseling for Children, Families & Adults

phone: 503.309.2368

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Why Therapy?

Overall, I believe that everyone has ups and downs in life that are normal and healthy. Most often, we can navigate these bumps on our own, and often with the support of friends, community, spiritual community, and/or family. We get good at doing this because we usually know when we’re in over our heads and because it’s instinctual for us to reach out for help. We are survivors by nature!

Occasionally, though, we get stuck and need to seek a professional therapist in order to better understand our experience, teach us new skills, or perhaps guide us to another path. Since I firmly understand how resilient we all are and how we can learn new ways to be in relationship with others, I believe that therapy is a great way to move forward in life with renewed energy, abilities, and insight. 

I am experienced in providing counseling services for a variety of issues. Some of these issues include trauma, sexual assault, ADHD, anxiety, depression, foster families, adoptive families, divorced and separating families, parenting, relationship and peer challenges, life transition, grief and loss, and work stress. I've elaborated on some of them below:


Counseling parents who are confused and struggling is one my great passions, since I believe that parenting is one of the most important and one of the hardest things we do in life. My work is largely influenced by Attachment Parenting, Unconditional Parenting, and Non-Violent Communication. I work psychodynamically with children in both directive and non-directive therapy.

Divorce and Separation
Families often face an obstacle like divorce and separation with disbelief at first, and then with motivation. It’s important that parents seek help for themselves and their children to navigate this often complicated and stressful life event. There are ways to address the stress and relieve the impact, both immediately and in the long term. Children benefit a great deal from therapy during this time and parents can learn strategies to support their children.

Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Abuse
I received specialized training at Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Washington. I am also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I have worked with all ages, toddlers to adults, who have experienced current and past sexual abuse, trauma, and sexual assault. Therapy is truly helpful in alleviating the rocky, and sometimes debilitating feelings associated with trauma and abuse. 

Foster and Adopted Families
I’ve spent much of my career working with foster and adopted children and families. Foster parents, adoptive parents, and their children benefit a great deal from counseling. 

Anxiety and Depression
While the labels we get for anxiety and depression can seem infuriating or intimidating, the symptoms associated with these diagnoses are very real. It's important to better understand the present challenges and the past precursors related to these symptoms.
Counseling can offer great relief to these symptoms.