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.
In 2018, after being in Wilmington for a year, Rachel saw a tremendous gap in resources and decided to open a therapy practice congruent with her values and to meet the community needs she saw going unmet. Since then, the practice has continued to grow into the space and community you see now. She continues providing individual, couples, and family therapy and hopes to offer a hoarding group and motivation to change group when her schedule allows.
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).
Loren Bahor, MSW, LCSWA earned her MSW at Fordham University and has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Loren's goal is to ensure every client receives treatment specific to their goals and needs.
Drawing from multiple schools of thought, Loren builds a healing relationship between the client and herself which she feels is the core of the counseling experience.
Loren has an eclectic theoretical approach grounded in psychodynamic, narrative, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), and EFT (emotions focused therapy) styles. She plans to attend additional trainings to further build a specialty in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and add to her knowledge base of EFT.
She brings a postmodern, feminist, affirming approach grounded in bringing forward the thoughts and processes that drive our decision-making. Her goal is to help clients become more connected with their unconscious or inner self. She uses strong mindfulness strategies to help provide the coping support clients need on their journey to self-awareness and in building intentional action steps for the future.
She specializes in treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relationship issues, and in working with clients to build stress management and distress tolerance skills. She, like all Honeybee providers, is an LGBTQIA+ affirming clinician.
Loren is developing a specialty in working with couples. She also sees adults individually and especially enjoys working with women managing and in the midst of big life transitions. If you are trying to find yourself and determine your next right step, Loren is your resource in that process!
For Loren, therapy is about learning to tap into and develop ways to draw upon one’s inner source of strength, particularly when life becomes challenging and overwhelming. Therapy is a journey which leads to growth, authenticity, and the ability to trust oneself. Looking inward, however, isn’t always easy. As your therapist Loren will help guide you through this process in a safe, nurturing and supportive space.
Loren's therapeutic approach is best summed in the following quote:
“In the midst of winter, I found there was within me, an invincible summer” – Albert Camus
She will work with each client to help them articulate, define, and bring to life what summer looks like for themselves.
Kara Tolman, MSW, LCSWA specializes in working with military service people, veterans, and families connected to the military community. She has a passion for serving this community from her own personal connections to the military world as well as her history of providing resources in the past.
Kara works from a person-centered framework which means she holds space for you to determine what you want to address and what is important while she collaborates with you to identify ways to make changes to move you towards the life you want and deserve.
You are the expert in your life, and Kara is a guide to help you navigate and decide for yourself your next right choice and best course of action moving forward. She develops an atmosphere of safety and comfort to help you do the hard work of wellness. Kara maintains an active stance of compassion and open and warm acceptance for clients and will work with you as you address what brings you to therapy.
Kara uses a mix of mindfulness in session with practical, tangible skill-based practice for you to do at home to help you translate the work from sessions into your everyday life. Her goal is to help you reduce and cope with stress and to help you foster new habits and coping skills that will work for you long after you have completed therapy.
In her own words, Kara shares, "We all deserve to find our way in life and to have someone guide us through our current Waypoint."
Tori Nieusma, MSW, LCSW earned her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill and specializes in working with anxiety, transition and adjustment (especially with military members and their families), trauma, and marital concerns; she works with both individuals and couples.
Utilizing EMDR and Gottman methods, Tori draws from a strengths-based approach in order to focus on client self-healing, as well as improving communication and conflict resolution skills within couples through strengthening connection.
To Tori, therapy is about tapping into client self-healing and awareness. She helps each client gain insight into the current issues they are facing and the root causes of those issues in order to desensitize the individual to the current emotional response, and prevent negative memories from contributing to current symptoms.
Tori’s goal is to guide her clients to the appropriate coping skills and confidence in order to live their life to the fullest, and strengthen the foundations of their relationships.
Laquasha Boney, MSW student, Graduate Intern, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical social work at Walden University and is working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
In working with clients, she strives to create a warm and welcoming environment to encourage a safe place for healing. Laquasha understands the importance of empowering clients to speak their truth and of holding space for them to be and feel heard. She sees clients as possessing the inner ability to find resilience and will work collaboratively with clients to find, articulate, and implement their internal strengths in the face of struggles.
She presents with experience in working with adults and teens as a care manager for pregnant women. Laquasha also enjoys working with both youth and adults to help them navigate the array of challenges that can arise in life.
Laquasha looks forward to working with and learning from the Honeybee Psychotherapy professionals to assist individuals on the road to recovery. She believes that all people deserve to live a fulfilling life and to have someone on their side as they navigate difficult times.
Monica Flores de Valgaz, Master's of Science in Counseling Student, Clinical Intern is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwestern University and is working towards the end goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. She hopes to work with adolescents and young adults who need additional support as they navigate through significant life challenges.
As Monica believes everyone is inherently worthy and capable of living a full and meaningful life, she practices utilizing a strengths-based lens and an integrative approach. She mainly utilizes interventions originating from acceptance and commitment theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and contemporary psychodynamic theory.
Monica actively and compassionately walks alongside clients on their unique journey towards healing. This looks different for everyone, yet often includes working together to challenge their inner critic, build self-compassion, clarify values, and ultimately, increase self-awareness. It is her hope that clients leave empowered with the tools necessary to live a values-aligned life.
Overall, when thinking about the experience of therapy, Monica resonates with Morgan Harper Nichols’ words, “you are free to challenge yourself while also being gentle with yourself.”
Margie Mason, AA, Office & Practice Manager is who keeps the practice running smoothly and corrects the mistakes that come up. She is detail-oriented and customer-focused. Her goal is to help accommodate your needs and make sure all the bases are covered, so you don't have to worry about the process of coming to therapy. Margie coordinates phone calls and text messages, works on scheduling, speaks with insurance, and basically makes sure all the background work is done, so you can focus on the work you are doing in sessions.
Huntress, Untrained Therapy Dog & Occasional Visitor, is a 6 year old labradoodle. She is low allergen, very friendly, and loves to provide snuggles. Huntress is good at sensing distress and providing a little oxytocin relief through rubs. We keep her on a tight leash until you say you are ready for her to be more free in the room. She often is with Rachel but can also be found at times working with Loren & Margie, depending on the need.
Hank, the newest member of the Honeybee family, is being trained to follow in the steps of Huntress. While he is very young, we expect truly great things from him. His soulful eyes and kind and playful demeanor will translate perfectly to the practice, and we are so excited to get him ready as a resource for you! He will be around infrequently while he is being trained, and you will need to make a special request if you would like him with you in session at the current time. However, we are so excited to add him to our community of care and cannot wait for him to be a seasoned regular offering a similar level of warmth and care that Huntress has provided for so many!