Rachael Krajewski, Intern

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As a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student and future licensed counselor, I embrace the values of growth, wellness, empowerment, and self-determination when working with clients. I earned my BS in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and am currently working towards my MA in counseling from Adler University, where I am studying to help adults, and possibly adolescents, to realize their goals through the use of appropriate diagnosis, assessments, and a variety of evidence-based counseling services.

 

Once I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, I would love to work with individuals experiencing issues of anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms to help them increase wellness, promote resiliency, and regain control over their lives. In the past, I have worked at a crisis center for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, so I also have skills and knowledge in this area and see the prevention of relationship violence and advocacy of survivors as a major passion for me both personally and professionally. I also believe in advocating for my clients both in and out of the counseling session, meaning that I advocate for social justice on issues like accessibility and affordability of healthcare, safe and evidenced-based practices, and social equality for all races, ethnicities, religions, gender and sexual identities, disabilities, and more.

 

I ground my counseling skills, philosophy, and professional identity in a Cognitive-Behavioral framework, meaning that I tend to emphasize the role of our thoughts and feelings in influencing our behavior and encourage a collaborative relationship with clients based on mutual understanding and respect, genuineness, humor, and empathy. I also like to incorporate themes of diversity, cultural-competence, strengths-based approaches, and mindfulness to best serve my clients so they cannot only survive their problems, but thrive in their day-to-day lives.