Rachelle is the owner of Creative Spirit Collaborative and the Executive Director of Foundation for Alternative Healing, as well as counselor and coach with specialities in Expressive Arts, Animal Facilitated, Somatic, Eco and Mindfulness based therapies.
Rachelle’s life long history with dance and befriending the earth and animals from a young age has inspired the approaches used at CSC. Rachelle’s interests in natural healing, movement, and connection with the earth deepened in her academic work. Rachelle’s Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Wilderness Therapy was founded on Transpersonal Psychology, psychology and application of ‘Buddhist inspired’ meditation and mindfulness practices to nature based therapeutic activities and incorporated aspects of expressive arts and movement based approaches as well. Rachelle’s Bachelor’s Degree from Bastyr University emphasized nutrition, exercise, and alternative healing practices.
Rachelle has studied yoga philosophy in depth since 2010 with teacher Dave Curtis’s Aksara Yoga and has had an ongoing yoga and meditation practice since 2000. Rachelle began regular wilderness solos in 2005 and has done wilderness solos and training with John P Milton’s Sacred Passages, Dave Talamo’s Wilderness Reflections, and Anne Stine’s Wilderness Rites. Rachelle has also had additional training as a life wellness coach from WellCoaches.
“ Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. “-Rumi.
As your guide, I bring 25 years of experience in the mental health field working with people of all ages and different backgrounds representing diverse therapeutic issues. My counseling practice is holistic, integrative and transpersonal focusing on the whole person and emphasizing a heart-centered approach that recognizes the wisdom within each person to guide their life. I value the therapeutic relationship and its potential to contribute to healing and transformation. By offering a compassionate presence, open heart, deep listening, acceptance without judgment and an ability to hold space for the parts of you that are often most vulnerable, a safe place will be created for you to do this sacred work of healing.
My professional experience is supported and informed by over 30 years of personal study and practice of meditation within different wisdom traditions focusing on the heart and it’s wisdom for inner guidance. I’ve been exploring various movement practices including dance and tai chi for the past 10 years. I look for ways to incorporate these into the work with clients helping them more consciously embody and integrate different parts and aspects of themselves. I studied yoga philosophy and psychology with Baba Hari Dass from 1990-92, Chen tai chi with Master Chen Gui Zhen in 2009 and have continued with this practice for the past 10 years which has aided in managing stress, relaxation and an overall sense of well-being. From 1996-97, I studied at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on courses in transpersonal psychology, eastern and western theories of mind and expressive arts therapy as a way to further my interest in discovering ways to bring more of a body/mind/spirit approach to counseling. From 2003-2010, I produced and hosted a local community television program in Eugene called, The Healing Connection focusing on healing practitioners with an emphasis on the body/mind/spirit. In the past 6 years, as I’ve been going through a grieving process, I’ve participated in community grief rituals with Sobonfu Some, Rob Miller and Laurence Cole. These experiences have shown me the power of grieving and allowed me to see the vital role of community in healing.