Creating an inviting space for self exploration is the backbone of our approach. Our therapists lean into the idea that “two things can be true at once”, believing that when we embody this attitude, our lives become more expansive, rather than narrow. Our goal is to help you feel more sturdy, even when your path forward feels uncertain. We will help you hone your internal resources, making space for more choice and confidence as you move toward your goals.
We use the science practitioner model, practicing an evidence based approach while honoring a commitment to "seeing the best in you". We also celebrate the extensive variety of healing philosophies that exist outside the bounds of western science, and are dedicated to continuous professional curiosity and personal growth.
When we are struggling with a mental health or an interpersonal concern or a big transition, it is common to feel alone, overwhelmed or withdrawn. Taking the step toward professional help is tough and yet, it is the first step to harnessing your internal courage. You can do this.
Our focus is to help you build self awareness and create new ways of feeling empowered in the world, often moving from a place of imbalance toward feeling more whole and confident. Collaborative treatment plans are created to meet your personal goals.
Here are some examples of empowered living goals:
1.Learning to use body awareness as a tool for increasing authenticity.
2. Reaching for your goals and desires, even when you feel discomfort or scared
3.Getting comfortable disappointing others and still feeling whole and worthy
4.Practicing embracing your tarnished parts without feeling "less than"
Discomfort is Certain in Life... Suffering is Optional! Let us be your guide to a more expansive life!
Transitions in life can throw us off balance, making us feel scared, confused or overwhelmed. Taking on a new role in life (like parenting or a new leadership role) or starting a new life phase
(going to college) can be daunting and counseling can give you the extra support you need to manage this change. Transitions include life stages too- childhood, adolescents, college age students, retirees and everything in between. Learning new skills can help strengthen your confidence during times of transition.
Women often face unique challenges of discrimination, body image or struggles with finding balance, often due to limiting cultural demands. Times of life transitions like motherhood, including prenatal, pregnant and postpartum times or career change can be tough. Counseling can help with empowerment, skill building, self acceptance and support.
Depression, fear and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotional states that we can experience in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, you can recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Grief and loss are a natural part of life and yet a loss can often feel devastating, paralyzing and isolating. Seeking help to process your loss can help you manage your emotions and begin to heal.
Self Awareness is the first step to creating any personal change. Increasing your emotional vocabulary can help you increase awareness and become more mindful about your choices and behavior. Counseling can help grow your ability to use conflict resolution, communication and productive disagreement skills. Improving social and emotional skills can impact your mood, motivation, relationships and much more.
Experiencing any type of trauma impacts your mind and body in many disruptive ways. It often leads to coping strategies that are no longer useful. Healing old wounds or recovering from a recent traumatic incident is possible and we can help you move toward more empowered living.
Compassion is integrated into all elements of the therapeutic process. Identifying ways to enhance ones own self compassion and increase compassion toward others can positively impact ones self esteem, relationships and overall functioning.
Exploring and responding to how race, gender and culture impact one's life and the conflicts between these structures, including the systems we live in, are important parts of the therapeutic process.
Skill building is center stage during the therapeutic process. Treatment approaches include ACT, Somatic, IFS, CBT, and mindfulness based practices that will help you be more intentional about your behavior.
I am the founder of Counseling Works LLC. One essential part of the counseling process is finding "the right fit" and I strive to help my clients feel seen and supported, while also stretching themselves to step out of their comfort zone. I use an integrated approach including including IFS, compassion and mindfulness practices, commitment and acceptance (ACT), cognitive behavioral and somatic based therapy.
What lights me up? Learning and evolving, small and big moments of connection, and the feeling of awe in nature. Professionally- l enjoy learning new ways to help people heal, including emerging science and ancient wisdom and viewing growth as a lifelong process.
Hello! My name is Rachel Rudel, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Drama Therapist. I believe that processing thoughts and emotions related to life stressors can be overwhelming at times. The practice of therapy can help to create a safe space, so you don’t have to do it alone! Through the utilization of experiential practices including journaling, role plays, and storytelling, paired with cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, I will help guide you to broaden your coping skills and relate to stressors in life with more ease. I have worked professionally for 3+ years in the Pittsburgh area and am thrilled to be partnering with Counseling Works to continue serving the community that I grew up in and love. I look forward to connecting and assisting you to overcome struggles with anxiety, life transitions, and stress. I can’t wait to help you create the life you desire.
Hello, and welcome. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals and couples ages 17 and up. Specifically, I treat depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, OCD, grief and loss, life
transitions, and relationship distress. My approach is integrative, combining emotionally focused therapy, behavioral therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, and somatic techniques. In addition to being an LPC, I have a doctorate and over 15 years of experience in the field of psychology. Clients who see me can expect a counselor who is not only supportive and down-to-earth but also skilled and knowledgeable. Sessions with me tend to be semi-structured, with us working towards your goals while leaving space for acute stressors that arise. Whether you are looking to make specific changes in your life or simply need some support as you navigate a difficult period, please reach out to discuss how I might be able to assist you with reaching your goals.
What is Professional Counseling? https://www.counseling.org/aca-community/learn-about-counseling/what-is-counseling
Self Compassion http://self-compassion.org/
Wellbeing- The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/
Perspective Taking: “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth”
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Brene Brown- The Power of Vulnerability Ted Talk
Introduction to Mindfullness
Suicide Prevention Hotline- National https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Crisis and Suicide Intervention in Pittsburgh - Resolve Crisis Center at
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Counseling Works is a vibrant private practice in the East End of Pittsburgh, PA. We are currently hiring part time and full time contract positions- both in person and remote opportunities available. For consideration, candidates should have an active license and be interested in continuous professional integrity and growth. You will have access to a weekly consultation group and client referrals; all billing and marketing are completed by our team. If you are interested in working in a collaborative, supportive environment please submit a letter of interest and a resume.
Sessions are 45-55 minutes long and range from $100- $200 a session
*If using insurance, your copay is due at the time of service.
Highmark, Blue Shield Blue Cross, UPMC, Aetna, Optum Health- Insurance depends on your specific provider
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*There is a limited amount of sliding scale sessions for those with financial need. Please call to discuss.
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