Meet Rachel Dubrow, LCSW
Tell us about what made you choose to become a therapist.
I admittedly didn't know what I wanted to do career-wise when I got to college and changed my major several times, including being pre-law. During college, I did a summer internship interviewing and advocating for families at a legal assistance clinic . I quickly learned that I was more interested in helping others as a therapist than an attorney and changed my career path.
What's one thing about being a client in therapy that has helped you the most?
Even though the answer might be right in front of you as the therapist, as the client, it can seem not so obvious. Sometimes what you learn on the way to finding the answer is just as valuable - if not more - than the answer itself.
What tips do you have for people who have never been in therapy before?
Know that lots of people are nervous about going to therapy. It's totally okay to feel this way since you're about to talk to someone about some pretty personal things for the first time. Remember that you are the one in control of the information that you share about yourself and that you don't have to go into the "deep stuff" right away.
What is your favorite analogy to use in session with clients?
Stress is the 5 pound backpack on your back. You may not feel it, but once you remove it, you'll be lighter and more in control.
What is one of your favorite anxiety-busting techniques?
Set a timer. Take 5 minutes to be really good at worrying. After the timer goes off, it's time to stop worrying and move on.
Share with us your favorite book or podcast.
As a parent, The Whole Brained Child has been invaluable. Quiet by Susan Cain (TedTalk or the book) is also great for people like me who are more introverted in an extroverted world.
When you're not doing therapy, how do you relax and recharge?
I enjoy cooking, working out, and walking around the Botanic Gardens.
Are you a coffee or tea drinker in session?
If you could go anywhere, where would it be?