Rachel Kowatch

Rachel Kowatch

MSW, LMSW

Rachel Kowatch is a licensed clinical Social Worker with over twelve years of experience working with families and children. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology and received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan where she specialized in child welfare.

Before joining Developmental Enhancement, Rachel began her career in foster care case management and then shifted her focus to outpatient counseling specializing in clinical intervention with children who have experienced complex trauma. Rachel enjoys working with parents, families, adolescents, and children (ages 3 & up).  Areas of interest include issues such as mood & anxiety disorders, anger & stress management, trauma & child maltreatment, grief & loss, as well as issues related to: attention deficits, foster care/adoption, attachment, adjustment, self-esteem, parenting, and interpersonal relationships. She has extensive training in Play Therapy, Sandtray/World Play Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy.  Her experience and training has particularly focused on clinical intervention with survivors of developmental trauma and loss, as well as attachment informed treatment methods for adopted children and their families.

All areas of Rachel’s practice include utilizing experiential methods to build upon strengths while focusing on emotional growth and healing. She enjoys utilizing a family systems approach to working with children, striving to partner with caretakers in an effort to support the whole family and accomplish established therapeutic goals.

Specialties

  • Adoption / Foster Care Issues related to Abuse and Neglect
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Anger Management
  • Childhood Behavior Problems
  • Family, Parenting and Child Issues
  • Grief and Loss Issues
  • Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD Symptoms/ Complex Trauma

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