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Rachael Gardner Purdy LPCC LSW LICDC

My Bio

Rachael is an experienced and compassionate clinician with licenses in Ohio and Illinois. Rachael has her
independent license in Chemical Dependency, License in Social Work, License in Professional Counseling
in the state of Ohio. Her license in profession counseling has reciprocity in Illinois. She holds a Bachelor
of Arts in Social Work and a Minor in Theatre Arts from Ohio University, a Master of Arts in Counseling
Ministries and a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Rachael received two
Student Enrichment Program scholarships while in her master’s program to study Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and completed the advanced program. She is currently taking
classes for certification in ADHD and ADD assessment and working towards her RYT200 in yoga with
specialization in yoga for trauma, meditation, and wellness coaching. Rachael holds space for her clients,
allowing them to do the work while gently guiding them on their own path for their unique journey.

Rachael Gardener-Purdy, LPC, LICDC, LSW
Clinical Therapist

About Me

What a session feels like with me
Clients have told her that they feel safe and feel like they are being heard, seen, and validated.

Client Focus and Specializations
Rachael is very passionate about her work and wants to help individuals gain insight and understanding
in their own challenges and strengths, as well as, their limits and abilities. As a proponent for the use of
holistic healing, Rachael is currently studying for her certifications in RYT200 yoga, yoga for trauma,
meditation, and wellness coaching. Rachael specializes in behavioral and mental health, substance
use/abuse/dependence, and trauma and is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing) therapy. She is an advocate for Social and Racial justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, diversity,
inequality, and equality. Regardless of the difficulties life hands you, there is always a solution or a
change which can happen. Rachael will help you find the way to see the positive in every outcome –
even if it is not what you wanted or expected. Rachael specializes in multiple areas but has special
interests in substance use/abuse disorders, trauma and abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues, and those harmed or
hurt by the church, religion, or other various organized groups and wanting to be heard. When working
with Rachael you will experience an eclectic approach which is empathetic, honest, and non-judgmental,
while providing a caring, safe place to travel on your path to healing and wholeness.

Rachael utilizes the following evidence-based treatment modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Strengths-Based 

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

  • Flash Technique

Offering Virtual Therapy Sessions


I am excited to work with you.  Contact me today.


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