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Rachel Camilo Harris Psychotherapy, LMHC

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Rachel Harris specializes in childhood trauma, including working with adults to retroactively heal the inner child and working with children and adolescents to process concurrent circumstances. The foundational tenet of her practice is trauma-informed and her therapeutic approach is authentic, curious, and nonjudgmental. She utilizes holistic and integrative approaches.

Specialties
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Parenting
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Licensed in
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  • California
  • Florida
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“Therapy is not just about holding space for the tragedies but also celebrating the victories.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a licensed psychotherapist, I had the honor of managing group homes for children and teenagers in the foster care system for five years. My professional career has primarily focused on working in the nonprofit sector, helping individuals who have survived sexual and physical abuse, involvement in the foster care system, and poverty and racial trauma. I am down-to-earth and my clinical intention is to normalize sentiments. As summarized by grief expert David Kessler, "Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” Although we may not be able to prevent what happens to us, we do have agency to take control of our recovery and sometimes, we need a witness to our stories to act as a catalyst to our healing. This is where a qualified therapist may be a helpful resource. Therapy is not just about holding space for the tragedies but also celebrating the victories. I specialize in trauma recovery and use a myriad of treatment approaches, but EMDR is my favorite!
What should someone know about working with you?
As a trauma-informed therapist, I will take an account of the events across your lifespan to understand more deeply about the motivation and function of challenges or symptoms we are addressing in therapy. I take my time to understand your history before we start treatment planning. I believe that therapy is a collaborative effort and that you ultimately decide what your treatment goals are. We will determine what therapeutic approaches best fit your personality, symptoms, and goals. I can provide supplemental work outside of session if that's your thing, but I believe that there's a tremendous amount of work being done in session and your personal life should be restorative. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who may be struggling and are motivated to get to a better quality of life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe there is both an art and science to therapy and that it is courageous of you to pursue services to enhance your quality of life. Your treatment deserves to be individualized to specifically address your unique experiences and goals. My own story and spirituality inspire me to do this work. I identify as a woman of color (Latina) and hold space for cultural trauma to be explored.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The pandemic encouraged me to become more flexible in my perception of the therapeutic process via telehealth and I have developed an appreciation for how it's expanded access for people to engage in services. I was initially concerned that it may not be as effective, but my clients have taught me enough to debunk that myth. I am energized by the destigmatization of mental health and how more awareness of intergenerational trauma impacts families. I am inspired to learn more about how to be a better ally to communities where I do not identify.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I believe in utilizing evidence-based approaches, which means I value becoming informed and trained in these practices. Specifically, I spend time reading books, attending training, and obtaining certification in order to ensure that my clients are receiving the most current and effective therapeutic services possible. Trauma-informed care has been the most influential for me as a clinician because it is connected to so much of the fabric of our society and how people navigate daily life.
“I specialize in trauma recovery and use a myriad of treatment approaches, but EMDR is my favorite!”