Rachel Hendricks, MSW, MEd, LCSW has been practicing therapy since 2011.
She graduated from Widener University with a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Education for Human Sexuality (a clinical sexology program).
While in school, Rachel interned at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and the Center for Sexual Medicine.
Since graduating, she started at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt (located in Baltimore, MD) working on their inpatient and partial hospitalization units as a family therapist and provided coordinated case management services, as well.
From there, she transitioned to the Center for Eating Disorders outpatient correlate. She provided individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She developed a protocol for working with clients ambivalent about change and another group for clients with substance use disorders, eating disorders, and other mental health comorbidities.
She left the Center for Eating Disorders to move to Wilmington and worked at Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorders. She continued providing individual, couples, and family therapy and also facilitated a motivation to change group.
Rachel’s current interests include working with clients who are struggling in their relationships, experiencing distress secondary to their mental health, and with clients who want a comprehensive, evidence-based approach. Her therapeutic approach is one of actively engaging with her clients, and she uses a mix of the most recent literature and evidence-based interventions, collaboration with other providers (doctors, psychiatrists, dietitians, personal trainers, etc.), and the client's own goals to develop effective and meaningful treatment plans.
As a client, you can expect sessions to be challenging and engaging. If you do not like direct feedback, this may not be the best fit for you (and we have provided links to some other phenomenal providers in the area).
Rachel practices from a place of compassion and believes that anything done in the spirit of treating others with dignity, kindness, and respect will lead to developing the valued life you both want and deserve!
Lastly, evidence shows therapeutic fit and alignment is important. As a result, if Rachel has concerns she might not be the best fit (or if you do!), she will refer you to a provider who can help you meet your treatment goals. Her goal is to link others with the support they need to find the life they are meant to be leading, unencumbered by intrusive or unwanted thoughts or behaviors- whether that is directly with her, with her as well as others, or in working with someone else entirely.
Just kidding. That wasn’t the last of it. This is really important.
Rachel is NOT a doctor. Or even a medical professional. She is a social worker. BUT she comes from a medically based practice background. As a result, she believes in and has seen the power of medication- especially when it is prescribed correctly (meaning the right meds at the right dose). She CAN NEVER make a medical recommendation, but at times during sessions, she may share information about RESEARCH about medications that you can then take to you MEDICAL PROVIDER to discuss what is the right option for you.
For her, mental health is very much like physical health- if you got strep, you would take antibiotics (hopefully), and if you have anxiety, you might need to take some medication to help your brain send the right signals. Medication is not something to be feared or something to be over-used or abused. It is a tool that can be useful when integrated into other interventions.
Similarly, if you come in and tell her that you have something happening from a somatic perspective (meaning in your body), she almost definitely is going to recommend you GO TO A DOCTOR TO GET THAT CHECKED OUT. Because SHE IS NOT A DOCTOR. It would be silly to try and treat a medical problem with a therapeutic intervention just like it would be silly to treat a therapy problem with a medical intervention. Sometimes it can be hard to know what is what, and that is where collaboration comes in. If she thinks you should go to a doctor, we strongly recommend you do.
Also, under no circumstances would anyone at Honeybee ever recommend making any changes in medication or even with major substances (especially alcohol or benzodiazepines [like Xanax]) without speaking with a medical professional. Drug interactions are no joke, and doctors can make sure you survive the treatment process without harming yourself by accidentally doing something that actually hurts you. So, the long and the short of it is, again, if you are recommended to go to a doctor, we really, really, really want you to do so. And, if you want us to speak to your doctor, we are happy to do that, too (as long as you have a signed consent, so we can).