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Rachel Epley, LPC, MT-BC

Rachel Epley, LPC

You’ve come to therapy seeking some sort of change in your life. Maybe you’ve been feeling depressed, overwhelmed with anxiety, facing some life-altering situation, or just feeling stuck and uninspired in life. You might have been dealing with your struggles for a long time, or they may have seemed to come out of nowhere. I am here to help you make sense of what’s going on in your life and harness your greatest personal strengths to deal with whatever challenges you are facing.

As a music therapist, I take a creative approach in identifying, acknowledging, and working with difficult feelings, thoughts, memories, and relationships. I believe that your unique response and relationship to music can bring insight to the source of your pain and what it might take to move through it. I have successfully worked with individuals dealing with recurring or treatment-resistant depression, debilitating anxiety, bipolar disorder, chronic medical conditions, cognitive decline and dementia, personal loss, and end-of-life issues. I especially love working with people who seek to honor their own intuition, expand their creativity, and deepen their sense of self-knowing. I combine traditional talk therapy with music-based experiences to find the therapeutic approach that will work best for you. I honor your individuality, your own inner knowing, and the personal goals and aspirations you have identified for yourself. You don’t have to do this alone—we can face your challenges together.

I am a board-certified music therapist and licensed professional counselor in the state of Illinois. I strive to be gender affirming, sex positive, trauma informed, and culturally sensitive in my therapeutic work with clients. I am committed to resisting discrimination and oppression in any form. My strongest therapeutic influences include person-centered, positive psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks. I work with children ages 5 and up, families, adolescents, adults, and older adults of diverse cognitive abilities. Please visit our music therapy page to learn more about how music therapy can be incorporated into our work together.

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