Rachel Stewart, LMHC, RPT-S, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Rachel graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Certificate in Play Therapy.  Upon graduation she worked at a residential psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents, providing crisis stabilization for the acute inpatient treatment and partial hospitalization programs as well as providing individual and group counseling services to children in intensive residential treatment. Most recently, Rachel has extensive experience providing counseling to children, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.

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Rachel specializes in the treatment of childhood mental health and behavioral concerns through the use of play therapy interventions. This highly unique specialization makes her and Thrive Therapy the leading practice for play therapy in Lee County and the surrounding area. She is the co-chair of the Public Awareness Committee for the Florida Association for Play Therapy.

Rachel also has a history of working with adults who have a history of anxiety, depression, bereavement, parenting issues, and divorce/separation.

Rachel has presented on Creativity in Counseling at the annual conference Krimes Against Kids. She has authored the book and therapeutic kit Zack and Zoie Safe Zones: A Guide to Help Keep Children Safe™  a prevention education and trauma processing tool for children.As co-founder of Thrive Therapy, my passion is to help individuals reach their full potential. I provide counseling to children, adolescents, adults, and families through an accepting, empathetic, and client centered approach. I believe therapy is a collaborative process where we can work together to understand and process the challenges life presents. Choosing a counselor that best fits your needs can be overwhelming. My goals is to make the process stress free by doing everything I can to meet your expectations.