It’s Okay That You’re Not Okay

Rachel is a co-owner of Rock Riffle Wellness and owns and operates Siegel Transformations, LLC which offers counseling, facilitation, and consultation services. Rachel is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervision endorsement. She holds a Master’s of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Cleveland State University and completed a clinical residency at The Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute training through the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and also the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program.

Professional Headshot of Rachel SiegelShe has spent a decade in a variety of settings including university, community-based, medical, and multidisciplinary settings, throughout Ohio working with diverse clients throughout the life span to face anxiety and depression, perinatal mood concerns, heal from traumatic experiences, manage chronic stress and illness, move through loss & grief, explore identity development and relational issues. Rachel’s approach is strength based and relational drawing from a wide variety of evidenced based models including, cognitive -based frameworks, Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness and acceptance- based therapies; taking into consideration the social inequities and multicultural issues clients face.

Rachel finds a tremendous amount of hope and healing through time outdoors in nature and playing with her family of seven. Humbled by all the ways in which she find herself (and others) stretching in these times to be a good-enough mother, partner, child, counselor, daughter, activist, friend, business owner and community member. Lately, she holds aspirationally the profound words of Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self- indulgence. It is self- preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

What we are facing now in the midst of this pandemic is acute traumatic stress. COVID-19 is a direct threat to our life or the lives of others we know. We are all either vicariously witnessing trauma, through media or through supporting others, or directly experiencing trauma, by becoming ill or isolated. We are existing with a prolonged sense that “normal” has changed and the world will never be the same. While nobody is spared from this emotional fatigue of the pandemic, women are three times as likely as men to report suffering from significant mental health consequences (27% compared to 10%), including anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, inability to sleep and trouble completing everyday tasks. Women are more likely to be the victims of abusive behaviors during stressful periods (i.e., COVID-19), and are the primary caregivers for loved ones struggling with a mental health condition and children struggling with life adjustments. Additionally, rural women, women of color and people of diverse gender identities face compounding barriers to mental health care including stigma, cultural misperceptions about mental health, and limited access to affordable, culturally-responsive support.

In Rachel’s session, “It’s OK that you’re not OK”, participants will learn to recognize and reduce traumatic stress and metabolize and accommodate feelings of grief & loss. Participants will create a virtual circle of support allowing one another to explore and experience various evidence-based cognitive and somatic practices to reduce physiological stress responses. Participants will have an opportunity to experience a restful state and will take away doable self- healing tools to help reduce stress throughout the day, to promote embodied resilience and support community healing.

Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket, pencils and paper.