Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Hours (7th Avenue)
Hours (5th Avenue)
Specialties & expertise
Rachel Ralston is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She works with adolescents and young adults as they navigate life transitions, and helps clients find clarity, develop self-worth, explore their identity, and cultivate their strengths to realize their best selves. She is dedicated to helping individuals who are struggling with anxiety, those who are overcoming obstacles with relationships, and those seeking to become unstuck in current life patterns. She also has a passion for working with young people on developing self-esteem and a sense of empowerment.
Rachel also has extensive experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress. She works with adolescents and teenagers on time management skills, address academic pressures, social issues, and develop coping methods for other challenges that may be going on in their lives. She is dedicated in ensuring that all individuals feel safe and comfortable during session and that trust and support are established in the therapeutic relationship.
Rachel has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has completed three Post-Masters Certificate Programs through New York University in Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Approaches to the Adolescents, and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Self-Esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Adoption and foster care – Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies
Adolescent mental health – Support navigating work and school-related expectations and stress
Initial session: $150 (50min)
Ongoing sessions: $125/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Beginning therapy can be the start of an empowering journey. Therapy can be challenging, especially when exploring difficult or very personal issues. I create a space of unconditional acceptance and provide the tools to unpack stuck patterns in your life so that together, we can identify areas for growth and promote lasting change."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Partnership with Children, 2015 - Present
Jewish Child Care Association, 2008 - 2015
NYU, Post Master's Certification in Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2017
NYU, Post Master's Certification in Clinical Approaches to the Adolescent, 2014
NYU, Post Master's Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice, 2010
Virginia Commonwealth University, MSW, 2008