Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Santos.
Hi Rachel, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
When I was a young girl, I had a heart for helping others. For example, in 3rd grade, I volunteered as a peer mediator to help other kids who were going through some sort of struggle. That should have been a sign I would be in the mental health field.
I’m an Arizona native from a small rural town. After graduating high school, I moved to the Phoenix area where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition Management from Arizona State University. After graduation, I started working for a non-profit as a behavioral health tech working with high-risk youth and their families. I fell in love with the work and decided that I wanted to further my career. I entered a Master’s program at Grand Canyon University and graduated with a Master’s in Licensed Professional Counseling.
Before opening up my practice I worked for a couple private practices and non-profits focusing on a variety of clients. It was important for me to get involved and exposed to a variety of modalities and clientele. I am so grateful for my time at these practices as it helped me discover my specialties and client focus.
In February of 2020, I opened up my private practice called Healing Discovered Counseling & Wellness, LLC. My practice focuses on women’s work, maternal mental health, and emerging adulthood. After a year in practice, I realized there was a gap in available services for my clients. I wanted them to have access to alternative healing modalities. That is when I decided to ask 3 of my mom friends (mompreneurs) if they wanted to share an office space with me. Each of these women had businesses in wholistic and integrative methods such as acupuncture, Chinese medicine, life coaching, polarity balancing, and cranial sacral unwinding, yoga, chakra balancing, reiki, sound healing, and women’s circles. In July of 2021, we opened up the Healing Tree Collective located in the heart of Tempe. In our shared space we each run our own individual businesses and have a large yoga studio available to our clientele. We also rent out the yoga studio to other practitioners wanting to host community or private events. I am running my counseling practice out of this beautiful space and am excited to see what this next venture holds for Healing Discovered Counseling & Wellness.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
In all honestly, it’s been a lot of hard work and yes there have been some bumps in the road. However, I feel there is more successes than struggles. My husband owns two businesses and has been very helpful, insightful, and supportive. I am also part of a therapist support group where other women have opened counseling businesses and are more than willing to help out. I am a firm believer that there is enough for everyone and when we practice generosity good things happen. This goes for sharing knowledge or offering support as someone decides to grow or make changes.
I think the biggest struggle I have is my desire to know all the modalities that would support my clients. It’s just not possible! Hence, why I partnered up and opened The Healing Tree Collective. A space where I can run my practice, provide quality counseling and expose my clients to other forms of healing modalities and community.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Healing Discovered Counseling & Wellness, LLC?
I am the proud owner of Healing Discovered Counseling & Wellness. I specialize in women’s work, maternal mental health, emerging adulthood, life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, stress, mindfulness, body dissatisfaction, and trauma. As a counselor, I am proud of the modalities I have to offer. Not only do I provide talk therapy, I am trained in a variety of experiential therapies. I believe these modalities complement the healing work my clients do. Some of these methods include sand tray therapy, equine therapy, inner child theory, art therapy, and sound therapy.
I am proud of the work that I do as counselor. Often client are afraid to start therapy and expect it to be a cold scene from a movie. Stepping into my office it’s not that way at all. Clients are usually surprised with how relaxed my office environment is. They often find me in jeans with sandals and a warm smile. Even though the environment I create is casual it is professional and clients leave feeling seen and heard. I believe it is important to hold sacred space for client while partnering with them in accomplishing their therapeutic goals. However, right now I am most proud of the space me and my business partners are creating at The Healing Tree Collective. We all run our individual businesses in this space but we are co-creating some pretty amazing community events for 2021 which will be held in our yoga studio. It will be pretty magical so stay tuned!
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I am from a small town and I would say what I like least about the city is driving. I really don’t enjoy driving here. I miss the open slow roads and getting to my destination in 5 to 10 minutes. I also don’t enjoy the lack of outdoor nature areas. My husband and I really love nature and try to get our kids up north when we can. Because nature is so important to us, we have a little homestead at our house with garden beds, fruit trees, and chickens. It’s our own little piece of paradise.
What I like best about the city is being able to connect with like-minded individuals. It has been so good for my soul to find friends and sisterhood who I vibe with on a deeper level. Living in the city we have access to more things to do as well. For example, food, as a foodie I love that we have access to so many good restaurants, food trucks, cafe’s, specialty grocers, and farmers’ markets. Quality, delicious food is a big part of my life and I enjoy growing, cooking, and eating food!
- Intake $150
- Per Individual Session $130
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: healingdiscoveredcounseling.com
- Instagram: @healingdiscovered @thehealingtreecollective