About rachel:bio & specialties
I’ve been in the field of psychology for over 18 years, providing services to diverse clientele in a broad range of settings throughout the United States. Raised in Minnesota, I received an undergraduate degree from Williams College in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. Then I promptly did what any plucky graduate of a liberal arts school would do: parlayed my political science degree into work as a reporter for a San Francisco television station. Somehow, logic aside, this led me to graduate school in clinical psychology.
After getting a PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco, I continued training at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis and received my doctorate in 2005. I spent years in the rocky mountain West focusing on psychotherapy, diagnostic testing, teaching as a professor, and becoming certified as a yoga instructor at the 500-hour level. Like many people I was drawn to yoga as a way to stretch tight muscles but continued because of the introspection and serenity it provided my busy mind.
My specialty areas include relationship & intimacy issues (including sex therapy), anxiety, depression, stress management, sleep difficulties, trauma & loss, and emotional eating/body image issues. I blend Western and Eastern philosophy and integrate the mind and body, tailored to your specific needs. I have created a unique style of psychotherapy called YogaPsych®, in which I blend in bodyfulness (like mindfulness, but more deliberately incorporating the body). This is based on research that the body stores emotions and other experiences, which get stuck within unless we have a safe way to discharge them from the body. I help facilitate connection and release of these stuck emotions and behavioral patterns through yoga, breathing, meditation, chakras, the aerial silk and outdoor therapy - all methods that help develop "interoception" or body nuanced intelligence. I also have a monthly wellness/relationship column in The Journal as well as The Southwest Journal called Ask. Dr. Rachel. I invite you to send your questions/curiosities my way!
I greet my clients at the human level, free of judgment, with the goal of helping you connect to your inner wisdom and vitality. My ultimate message is for you to find your own path and purpose in this often challenging world. When not spreading this message, I divide my time between the trails, travels & yoga mat.
"Dr. Rachel Allyn is a holistic psychologist, writer, retreat leader and pleasure expert, working as a freedom fighter to help you subvert anything that keeps your mind, body and spirit from shining bright..."