My Philosophy
RachelMathew_2018Several clients have walked into my office very apprehensive as to what therapy is all about.

“I need help, Can you fix the problem?”, is the question I am often asked. I gently tell them that I will help them find the answers themselves.

The therapeutic process facilitates insight, personal growth and integration on cognitive, affective and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well-being, enhances learning and helps you develop new skills.

There is a myth, that being in therapy is a sign of weakness. When in fact, reaching out for help is an act of courage and definitely one of the first steps of this journey.

As your therapist, I will be with you every step of the way. I will guide you, help you find options and challenge you to find your strengths. I can assure you of a safe, non-judgemental, understanding and nurturing environment for you to explore your choices, behaviors, thoughts and emotions.

The relationship you forge with me, your therapist, is essential to the effectiveness of the process. It is very important that you feel comfortable with me. Honesty is an important ingredient of this relationship. Making yourself vulnerable to another human being is not easy, especially a stranger. It is possible that talking about some things can be very painful for you. What will allow you to make lasting positive changes in your life is trusting that it is safe to release both your negative and positive feelings, as well as , realizing that the therapeutic relationship will give you the opportunity to explore your sources of conflict and confusion in an empathetic and safe environment.

Every individual is unique and hence working with you will help me determine the most effective treatment plan for you, incorporating a combination of approaches and techniques, some of which include cognitive – behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy and creative therapies.


Areas of speciality


  • crisis intervention
  • depression and anxiety
  • long term and terminal illness
  • death and dying
  • bereavement and loss
  • pre- marital therapy
  • strengthening marriages
  • relationship issues
  • separation and divorce
  • family violence
  • sexual assault and incest
  • abuse and trauma
  • anger management
  • conflict resolution
  • issues of self esteem
  • women’s issues
  • postpartum mood disorders
  • issues surrounding infertility