Hiya! I'm thrilled you found you way here.
I honed my story-telling chops as a digital marketer for 10+ years, though it landed me in the psych-ward and drove me to endless addiction. Then I spent 7+ years withdrawing from a 5-drug pharmaceutical cocktail and healing other substance issues, supported by an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and oppression and a deep-dive into liberatory political frameworks.
Nowadays I use everything I've learned to invite individuals, groups and organizations into a new vision for mental wholeness and collective liberation. I believe that distress comes to us from the outside in, from a colonial modern culture of separation and domination that is an evolutionary mismatch for our nervous systems and for the planet. My vision for reclaiming health for all is inextricably tied to dismantling all systems of oppression and remembering our local and indigenous lifeways for healing ourselves and our communities in right relationship with the earth.
My training and education is on-going and purposely outside the confines of mainstream psychology and other institutional frameworks, spanning a variety of knowledge lineages and influences. I have been deeply inspired, supported and mentored by many wondrous beings who have shaped, and continue to shape, my approach and analysis, including: Andrea Ranae Johnson | Anjali Nath Upadhyay | Sarah Peyton | Holistic Resistance | Karl Steyaert | Tada Hozumi | Dare Sohei | Rain Crowe | The Icarus Project
As a cis queer femme (she/her/hers) and white settler of English and Irish descent who makes home on unceded Chinookan lands on Turtle Island (so-called “Portland, Oregon”), I deeply benefit from past and on-going colonization. I endeavor to hold the benefits of that un-earned priviledge with humility, integrity and accountability. I'm grateful for on-going feedback and call-ins from my communities of practice. (You know who you are. Thank you.)
"Rachel has studied the neurobiology of trauma intensively with me since 2015; she became my marketing director not too long after. Her vision and her grasp of trauma and relational neuroscience bring clarity, heart and precision to my beloved message of whole-earth, whole-human healing.
She is helpful, compassionate, grounded and patient, and her own astounding healing journey illustrates the depth of her commitment to radical transformation.
Sarah Peyton Neurobiology Educator. CNVC Trainer + Author of Your Resonant Self
"There aren't many people who have an even lower tolerance for small talk than me, but Rachel is one of them. She wants to dive deep fast and talk about the shit that really matters.
She has a huge, compassionate heart and she is one of the first people I turn to when I need an empathetic ear. She's also not afraid to express the whole spectrum of her emotions, which helps give me permission to do the same.
Her coaching connects the dots between the personal, interpersonal and systemic using relational neurobiology. Her insights have deeply supported me in having greater understanding and acceptance of my feelings and experience. If you have a chance to work with Rachel, I highly recommend her."
Wendy Garrido Amazon.com #1 Best-Selling Co-Author Authentic Online Business Building Strategist
"Rachel sees me, inspires me, stretches my thinking and challenges my beliefs. She has an incredible gift of seeing things without layers of tightness and helps me sit in the emergence of possibility rather than getting rigid.
When I heard about her own personal journey and experience it made me feel so deeply humbled and honoured to be working with such a special human being that herself had been through so much. They say you can only help and hold others in the places you have gone yourself.
Rachel has a heart of gold and a mind as deep as the ocean. She’s a brilliant writer and more of an expert on the science of "feel good" than I am. She brings the best out of me and my brand and for that I’m truly thankful."
Jenny Rossiter, RPN, BSc Speaker, Author and Founder/CEO of Feel Good Leadership
"I've had the pleasure of working with Rachel one-on-one and in group-work over the last year and a half. She has amazed and inspired me with her ability to be deeply present with the broad range of human emotions in herself, in me and in others.
She shows up curious, attuned and seems to have a super-power when it comes to being with emotional experience. She's been present with aspects of my personality and emotional upheaval that few people have. Working with her has gradually helped me be more empowered and self-connected.
Part of this magic is that Rachel holds a broad and complex picture of systemic influences on individuals, which she effortlessly weaves into her conversations, space-holding and group facilitation. This helps me remember that nothing happens in a vacuum, and that there are complex but graspable reasons for our pain, our loss of power, and our compromised well-being, rooted in systemic cultural forces. She is 100% committed to individual and collective liberation... I have learned so much from this person, I can't recommend her enough!
Barbu Panaitescu Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner + Embodiment Coach
"I've worked with Rachel in individual coaching and group settings, and consistently leave with a deeper sense of self connection, empowerment, and the experience that all of me is welcome, just as I am.
The way Rachel weaves together her understanding of neuroscience with her profound ability to listen deeply and attune to another in a sincere dedication to understanding and transforming systems of oppression is magic. If you have the chance to work with her, take it."
Aimee Ryan CNVC Trainer, Collaboration Coach - Facilitation - Conflict Transformation
Let's figure ut the real reasons you’re getting high, together, with more joy, more solidarity and less shame.
In this guide, There's Nothing Wrong With You, I invite us to: