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Image of Raquel Ferns Lefebvre licensed Master's level PsychologistRaquel is a licensed Master's level Psychologist. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the Honors Psychology Program at McGill University. She broadened her knowledge of child psychology by interning at the Yale Child Conduct Clinic while completing her degree at the University of Hartford. Raquel graduated with honors from the University of Hartford's Masters of Arts Clinical Psychology Program in 2002. She then moved to Vermont to work at the Counseling Service of Addison County where she first started as an emergency services clinician and was then promoted to the positions of supervisor and Youth and Family Clinical Intake Coordinator and Outpatient Therapist.  Through her work there and in her private practice she has gained valuable clinical experience diagnosing and working with adults, adolescents and  children.  Raquel is comfortable working with a variety of different diagnostic populations and specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma and problems associated with work related and general life stress. In addition to counseling clients of all ages, she enjoys supervising other therapists.  In November 2011, she decided to leave the Counseling Service of Addison County in order to devote more time to her family and growing private practice. Although this decision was difficult,  it turned out to be the right one as her private practice continues to flourish and expand.  Please contact Raquel today so she can help to support and teach you the skills to make the right changes for you.  

 

Therapeutic Approach

Are you looking to learn strategies to improve your life in a safe supportive environment?  My mission is to help you reach your goals.  I enjoy helping others learn skills to develop and work with their strengths in order to have happy fulfilling lives.  I provide individual, family and group therapy focusing on a variety of areas including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Career/Business Improvement 
  • Workplace Stress
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Trichotillomania
  • School Problems
  • Family Issues
  • Relationships

I am experienced in different types of therapy such as traditional psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (see below for brief descriptions).  Rather than imposing a particular type of therapeutic orientation on my clients, I work with them to create individualized treatment plans to best meet their needs.  This involves conducting an initial intake assessment, discussing which types of therapeutic approaches might be best for them and then working collaboratively to meet agreed upon goals.  I feel that a good match between clients and therapists is key to therapeutic success.  If you have any questions or would like to know a little more about my work, please feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute phone consultation.  If it turns out that we are not a good match, I'd be happy to refer you to someone else. Please make sure to verify that you leave your correct phone number or email when leaving a message as occassionally incorrect contact information is left and as a result, messages cannot be returned.  I try to return all messages within 24 to 48 hours during weekdays.

 

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy involves a client and therapist talking through the client's problems in order to gain insight and find ways to overcome issues. Sometimes a person might not have a specific problem but just might benefit from having someone to talk to in order to maintain optimum overall functioning.

 

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT as it is often called) is a form of psychotherapy in which a therapist helps clients identify thought patterns, determine how they contribute to behavior and learn skills to modify negative thoughts which might be contributing to unhealthy behaviors.

 

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement  Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based psychotherapy which incorporates different treatment approaches in order to reprocess significant negative life events that can get "stuck" in the form of intrusive thoughts, flashbacks or nightmares and/or physical symptoms such as panic attacks or insomnia.    EMDR can help individuals get "unstuck" and decrease/eliminate these symptoms.  I am a level II trained EMDR therapist and a member of EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association).  Please visit www.EMDRIA.org for a more detailed description of EMDR.