Rachel Stewart, LMHC, RPT-S, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and co-founder of Thrive Therapy. Rachel graduated top of her class 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 struggling with severe mental health and behavioral concerns.

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Rachel has extensive experience providing counseling to children, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Rachel is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), the leading research supported therapy for the treatment of trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Rachel specializes in the treatment of childhood mental health and behavioral concerns through the use of play therapy interventions. Rachel addresses concerns of anxiety, aggressive outbursts, defiance, grief, parental divorce, trauma, ADHD, and low self-esteem with child centered play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy. This highly unique specialization and credential 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 and young adults who have a history of anxiety, depression, grief, parenting issues, trauma, divorce/separation, and struggling with transitioning to college through the use of Cognitive Behavioral, EMDR, Client Centered, and Solution Focused therapies.

Rachel is an established presenter in the mental health field. She has presented on “Creativity in Counseling” at the annual conference, Krimes Against Kids; “Domestic Violence and Play Therapy” at the annual conference for the Florida Association for Play Therapy; and “Play Therapy and Trauma” at the annual Florida Gulf Coast University Children’s Mental Health conference.

Rachel is the author and creator of 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.