About Rachel Mathew

RachelMathew_2018At Turning Point Psychotherapy, Rachel Mathew, psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker seeks to empower individuals at pivotal moments in their lives. Here, individual, couples and family therapy are provided in a creative, nurturing, supportive and empathetic environment.

An alumna of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Rachel received her master’s in social work with an emphasis in medical and psychiatric social work. She has gained far reaching experience over 30 years as a social worker and psychotherapist, investing in the lives of children, adolescents and adults, 20 of them in private practice. Women’s issues is what she is most passionate about and working in related fields. She has held leadership roles in several non – profit organizations working primarily in the areas of family violence, sexual assault, rape and incest. Rachel held the position of Director of the Domestic Abuse Services of the YWCA of Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.  She continues to work with survivors, male and female, in her private practice.

Rachel underwent specialized training in the area of reproductive and maternal mental health at the Postpartum Stress Center in Pennsylvania under one of the leading experts in this field in the US, Karen Kleiman. This and helping women battling infertility issues and the heartbreak of pregnancy losses are close to her heart.

Rachel has had extensive training and experience working with patients suffering from cancer, which has also led to her working with patients suffering from other long-term illnesses. This line of work has given her the privilege of working with the terminally ill and their families. Bereavement and loss and supporting families cope with death and dying have always been a large part of the work she does.

The pandemic has brought about a wave of unprecedented losses for individuals, families and communities, whether it be the death of a loved one, loss of a home or job or just the normal rhythm of life as it was known. Rachel has adopted a lot of David Kessler’s work on grief and loss in her work with her clients which will undoubtedly help many during these unusual and difficult times.

Helping couples reconnect in a more meaningful way, communicate more effectively in their relationships and create more intimacy and trust are areas of her work that give her a lot of satisfaction. Premarital counseling is an important aspect of couple’s therapy Rachel provides. She also counsels and helps families making the difficult decision to separate and divorce, navigate this extremely difficult and painful journey and helping those with children co-parent in positive and healthy ways.