Meet Rachel Forbes(she/her)
As a Korean-American transracial and transcultural adoptee, I offer a unique lens to my therapeutic work and adoption advocacy. My therapeutic approach is holistic and mind-body integrated, with the intention of increasing self-awareness and self-leadership. I firmly believe in the healing work that can happen within a therapeutic relationship as well as its ability to ultimately inspire the collective whole. As we are able to nourish more compassion and curiosity within ourselves, so they become more accessible towards those around us.
In our work together, I’m here to honor your reality – whatever that may be – so you can begin your healing process. With compassion and curiosity, my role is to help you nurture and strengthen that which encourages you to feel heard, liberated, and fulfilled.
In addition to offering individual therapy, I also offer educational training for large groups, clinical consultation for mental health practitioners, and my professional perspective and experience in interviews, podcasts, public panels, discussions, and forums.
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As a Korean-American transracial and transcultural adoptee, I have experienced both the gifts and burdens of understanding my identity, seeking a felt sense of belonging, discovering my authentic Self, and mourning significant, irreparable losses. While there have been challenges, there have also been extraordinary learning opportunities, revealed beauties and truths, and deep gratitude for rediscovering empowerment and our incredible capacity to heal both within ourselves and in community. I learned, too, that healing does not mean pain does not resurface, nor does it mean that life moves with unconditional ease, even when we have brought repair and healing to our deepest wounds. Rather, it teaches us to draw from our own inner resources to bring compassion and care to whatever may come forward.
As it so often goes, my own journey inspired me to “pay it forward” to those who seek the same empowerment and self-compassion. I hope to give to others – to you – that which I was privileged and fortunate to receive in this lifetime: inner healing, inner befriending, and self-empowerment.
Within my practice, I work to address anything that you feel is preventing you from living as your most authentic and self-compassionate Self. If you are carrying daily life stress, the loss of a loved one, challenges with adapting to a new life transition, deep and debilitating sadness, the burden of a traumatic experience, or even struggling to make sense of what you are feeling, I’m here to honor your reality – whatever that may be – so you can begin your healing process. With compassion and curiosity, my role is to help you nurture and strengthen that which encourages you to feel heard, liberated, and fulfilled.
In my work, I draw from a range of approaches, mostly from Internal Family Systems (IFS), with the additional integration of Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness, and Attachment-Based Therapy. My approach also incorporates a meditative and mind-body experience, as we get to know the feelings we carry in our bodies. While I work with an array of challenges, I specialize in attachment trauma and adoption, helping adoptees and adoptive families understand and care for the many layers that exist within the adoption experience.
My practice is founded upon the belief that we are all human – meaning that it is natural to feel a multitude of emotions that are both unique to the individual, as well as interconnected with our relationships with others. I believe the path to healing and growth begins with connecting to one’s self and the leadership already within you.
I offer individual therapy sessions, clinical consultation for mental health practitioners, educational trainings, and my professional perspective and experience in interviews, podcasts, and public panels, discussions, or forums.
Therapy is personal and oftentimes can feel vulnerable, which means it’s important to find someone with whom you feel safe and connected for the work to be impactful. I strongly encourage new clients to “shop around a bit” to find the right fit, which is why I offer this free consultation. You can share with me a little bit more about what’s brought you to therapy, and I can share with you a little bit more about my approach. Hopefully, you’ll then be able to better assess whether or not I am a good fit for what you’re looking for in a therapist.