Rachel Dobkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor with 10 years of counseling experience in diverse settings including higher education advisement, community services, career development, and mental health private practice. Rachel works with clients across the lifespan from teen age through elder adulthood experiencing mood, adjustment, trauma, and behavioral struggles using a mixed modality approach. Integrating cognitive behavioral therapy tools with an existential therapy conceptualization and approach, she strives to create a genuine, supportive environment for individuals to engage in self-reflection, remove obstacles to realizing their goals, and become their best selves.
Rachel has extensive experience working with college and high school students navigating developmental difficulties of identity formation, transitions in emerging adulthood, social/relational challenges, and stressful academic workloads. Rachel is also specialized in working with LGBTQ+ clients; she was awarded the Trailblazer Pride Award by Montclair State University for support and innovative program design in their LGBTQ center, developing and implementing safe space education, engaging in community outreach, and providing individual and group counseling to LGBTQ students. Rachel holds a B.S. in Culture and Communications from NYU, an M.A. in Counseling from Montclair State University, and completed additional masters level coursework in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College. Rachel is also a certified mindfulness instructor through Mindful Schools and registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is a passionate social and racial justice advocate who enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing with her dogs in her spare time.