Rachel is a nationally certified counselor and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in the District of Columbia and Maryland who is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and intimate partners from a trauma-informed, sex-positive, and developmental perspective.
Rachel specializes in relationship issues, sex therapy, and trauma, with interest and expertise in areas of sexual health, pleasure, and functioning as well as sexual impulsivity and reproductive mental health. As a biracial Asian American woman and multicultural individual, Rachel is excited to work with clients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and cultures, experienced particularly in working with individuals navigating transcultural dynamics and children of immigrants. She is an LGBTQIA+ ally and loves working with clients of all sexual preferences and relationship structures, including kink and non-monogamy.
By integrating an attachment-based Internal Family Systems approach with mindfulness practices, she helps clients process uncomfortable and intense emotions, promoting insight and a sense of ease and life-satisfaction. Rachel’s approach is warm and interactive with an emphasis on strengths and curative factors. Informed by contemporary Psychodynamic theories and through a Relational-Cultural lens, Rachel is sensitive to varying power-differentials in interpersonal, societal networks and is an advocate for social justice. With Rachel, therapy is collaborative and client-empowered.
Through additional experience working with addictions, Rachel has helped clients build lives in recovery and work through grief and loss, family conflict, life transitions, and intimate partner violence and abuse. She has competencies in the Gottman method of couples counseling, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy skills, play therapy, and the Person of the Therapist training model, and is interested in incorporating neurobiology and expressive art therapy into her practice. Rachel is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the American Counselor’s Association, and the Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness (ACSSW). Currently working towards AASECT Sex Therapy Certification, she holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University.
Rachel looks forward to working with you towards your goals and intentions!
Rachel Klebanov is a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC) in the District of Columbia and Maryland working towards her independent clinical professional counselor license (LCPC) under the supervision of Alicia Beltran, LCPC.