GET TO KNOW YOUR THERAPIST
Rachel Hagfors, M.A., NCC
I BELIEVE THAT THERAPY IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CLIENT AND THERAPIST, AND I’M HERE TO HELP YOU FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.
COUPLES & RELATIONSHIPS
GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT
WHY I BECAME A THERAPIST
Life has its ups and downs, and sometimes you might need a little extra support to deal with challenges. Therapy can be the perfect way to get this additional support, helping you to figure out what’s working well and what you want to change about your life. This applies not only for individuals, but for couples, too. Coming to therapy with your partner can help you both learn more about each other, figure out how to better meet each other’s needs, and improve on key things like communication.
I BECAME A THERAPIST BECAUSE I KNOW THAT EVERYONE HAS THE CAPACITY TO LIVE THEIR BEST LIFE AND FINDING SOMEONE TO HELP YOU FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS AND DO MORE OF WHAT WORKS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
The most important part of the therapeutic experience is the authentic relationship that develops between client and therapist, which creates a sense of trust and safety in the therapy office and allows for meaningful growth and transformation.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to thrive, and that sometimes people can feel stuck or unsure on their path. Therapy is a safe place to talk about your goals, explore what’s holding you back, and shine a spotlight on your strengths and talents.
When I work with clients…
I meet my clients where they are at, which means we focus our attention on what works for you and foster a safe space for you to explore your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to cultivate lasting change.
I also integrate Brene Brown’s powerful research of vulnerability, courage, shame, and empathy in my work with clients, utilizing techniques and strategies to help individuals integrate it into their personal and professional lives.
WHO I WORK WITH
My area of expertise is working with couples experiencing relationship challenges and individuals who are going through life transitions, struggling with self-esteem, or experiencing grief after a significant loss.
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE SOME THINGS?
I view therapy as a very active and collaborative process. The communication between you and me will be a critical part of our work together. I will help provide options, but I respect your autonomy and your intuition that knows that’s right for you.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME & MY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
- I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
- I have specialized training in working with couples and am Level 1 Gottman Certified.
- I have cross-cultural training working with intercultural couples.
- Passion and experience working with men’s issues.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” ― CG Jung
Loves to travel
Enjoys working out
Likes to journal
DO YOU WISH YOU WERE BETTER EQUIPPED TO HANDLE CHALLENGING SITUATIONS? DO YOU WANT TO INCREASE YOUR ABILITY TO NAVIGATE LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS?
I would be honored to partner with you and help you discover the tools that can help make life more manageable. Together, we will find ways for you to meet your goals and increase your happiness and life satisfaction.