Rachel received her Master’s Degree at Louisiana State University and her professional background is based primarily in school-based social work. Rachel began her career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she worked for five years as a school-based therapist in the largest outpatient mental health facility in the state. While there, Rachel provided individual, group, and family therapy to at-risk middle school students who were diagnosed with emotional and behavior disorders. Rachel also had the honor of serving as an intern supervisor for five LSU School of Social Work graduate student interns. While working with her interns, Rachel played a role in training and mentoring graduate students in completing their internship requirements towards their Master’s Degree in Social Work. She also co-trained the school-based staff at Baton Rouge Mental Health in Crisis Prevention and Supportive Intervention strategies. Additionally, Rachel worked for a hospital based clinic in a vocational and technical high school in Wilmington, Delaware. While there, she worked alongside a nurse practitioner and dietician to serve high school students needing mental health services and provided education and support to students dealing with depression, anxiety, and pregnancy.
Rachel also has a medical social work background, as Rachel has most recently worked in the medical social services department at Forrest General Hospital here in Hattiesburg. While there, she had the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and dieticians to provide comprehensive services to patients on the Medical Surgery and Oncology units.
Rachel is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her professional career by expanding her practice to working with college students and those in higher learning. Rachel also teaches fitness classes at the Payne Center here on campus and enjoys spending time with her family pets at home.