unity through individuality

Therapy is a collaborative process—a mutual exploration of your self.

—Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, MD

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Rachel Astarte, LMFT, MFA, CLC Self Specialist • • • NYS License #001677

LGBTQ and All


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Your problems are blessings pointing you in the direction of wellness.

Whatever feels "off" in your life—depression, unhealthy relationships, dead-end careers, grief, loneliness, low self-esteem—is a symptom of a larger problem:
an unbalanced and under-appreciated self.

Just like a fever lets us know we have an infection, life problems let us know something deep within us isn't right. We don't blame the fever, we thank it for alerting us to the bigger problem. It's exactly the same in our work together. Your problems become beacons lighting the way toward the self you want to be.

Using our innate connection to spirit and nature as well as your personal strengths as guides, we work together to build the Foundation of Self you need in order to live an enriching and fully human life. This deep work benefits not only your Self, but also your loved ones and the rest of our human family.

Your transformation begins with you.

I work with people of all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to develop more congruent and compassionate communication—with self and others.

In addition to Collaborative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Transformational Life Coaching, I offer shamanic journeying and healing work based on your need and interest.

Long-term therapy not your thing?
Book a single session. We'll take it from there. Our work is based on your needs.

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