Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, MA-EXTH
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week waitlist
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Rachel Distler is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with offices in Cambridge and Arlington, MA. She helps clients facing challenges related to anxiety, self-esteem, depression, life transitions, and communication. Rachel uses expressive arts therapy to help clients build confidence, ground themselves in the present moment, and help work towards finding their center.
Expressive arts therapy with Rachel involves combining traditional psychotherapy with creative processes including drawing or painting to promote healing; it serves as both the language of recovery and as a bridge for clients to transform something that feels overwhelming into something more manageable, and enact change.
Rachel’s approach is integrated with elements of mindfulness, yoga, Buddhist philosophy, and meditation. She sees clients of all ages and particularly enjoys working with gender diverse clients and young women.
She takes special care in developing an open, supportive relationship with each client, conducive to increasing self-awareness and internal strength. She works collaboratively, empowering clients to build confidence and gain concrete skills to use in their daily lives.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions – Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Communication – Assistance with being more effective in relationships with their partners, their families and their co-workers. Using more effective methods of communication to convey their needs and respond to others in all types of situations.
Identity development – Including within the unique context of one's race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, and cultural background; resolving trauma and internalized oppression related to stigma
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Boston College Student Insurance
Harvard Student Insurance
Lesley University Student Insurance
MIT Student/Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan
Northeastern University Student Insurance
Initial session: $175 (45-50min)
Ongoing sessions: $150/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $90 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist’s note: There is a cancelation fee of $50.
Message to clients
"Coming to counseling can feel like a scary step to take. Often we think it's something that people who are 'broken' do. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Often times just having someone to come to who is focused on hearing you and supporting your goals, who is not otherwise involved in your personal or work environments, can open the doors that help you find the resolutions you seek. I believe that if there is an area of your life that feels stuck, or feels like it isn't working, counseling can help. You do not need to wear any of the masks or hats that daily life requires when you come into counseling. I am here to help you find your center, to find your balance, and to move towards actualizing your best self."
Treatment approachesExpressive Arts Therapies Expressive arts involves the use of both psychotherapy and the creative processes including music, dance, art, poetry, and more to promote emotional growth and healing. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Rogerian Therapy Rogerian therapy is based in the belief that each individual has the capacity and resources to fulfill his or her own potential. The goal is to help each individual uncover this capacity and resources toward growth and fulfillment. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Bay State Community Services, 2012 - 2017
Lesley University, MA, 2012