Rachel is a substance abuse counselor, certified equine-assisted facilitator, and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Life Coach (CLC). She has been working with addiction for the past three years with clients suffering from eating disorders to opiate dependence and everything inbetween.
She has worked as a house manager at a residential eating disorder treatment facility, done education/prevention work partnering with the DEA and the San Diego Police Department, as well as helped launch an adolescent addiction outpatient program.
Rachel also has 16+ years working with horses and other farm animals. She began as a competitive show rider at the age of 5 and spent her childhood and teen years showing top performance hunter/jumpers all over the country. When she started college she became a member of the University of Maryland Equestrian team.
In her free time Rachel rides and shows her rescue thoroughbred Thornton at competitions around Southern California.
Although originally from Bethesda Maryland, this past year, Rachel's passion for equine healing led her to working on an Animal-Assisted Therapy farm in Colchester, England.
Rachel became passionate about animal-assisted healing after reflecting on her own personal experiences. She saw a scarcity of alternative therapy programs offered in the treatment of mental health and therefore created Rebels Farm. She believes there is more than just one way to find balance, positivity, and happiness.