Rachel Sobiech, RcSWI
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Coming out, transitioning, and discovering who you are may be a difficult process. There are many unknowns of who you will lose, who will be there for you, and if your family is going to accept you. Sometimes coming out means that you risk your family, friends, and employers not accepting who you are and YOU are left cleaning up the aftermath. This can be scary especially if you don't have anyone to help you with the process. Let an unbiased expert walk with you every step of the way
I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of South Florida. I am currently a registered clinical social work intern, working toward licensure. My experience includes working with trauma survivors and assisting individuals to regain stability in life. I also have obtained my Master’s Level Addiction Certification giving me a higher level of understanding of the disease model and process of addiction, including the toll it may have on an individual or the family. I am dedicated to helping all individuals facing challenges in their lives, rather it be identity difficulties, feeling trapped, insecure, or uncertain where to go next in life.
Things To Consider
Often times people come to therapy because of fears of acceptance and changes that are outside of their control.
Family members are the best people to participate in therapy because some family members struggle with navigating grief over their perceived loss and learning to communicate with their loved one using the appropriate pronouns or identities. Even well intended and accepting family members experience grief when a loved one comes out. It's best for them to have a neutral party to discuss their feelings and guide them towards supportive directions.
My goal is to create a safe environment to talk about the joys and the challenges of coming out and living as your authentic self. I love to see people transform into the beautiful individuals they've always wanted to be.
Rachel helped me come out to my family and walked my parents through the process of acceptance and understanding. I was so scared that they wouldn't accept of me and I didn't know for a time how to accept myself. Rachel helped me through.
Thought I was lost
I thought I needed to change things but I didn't realize that what needed to change was my perspective on life and the way I was living. I thought my drinking was just for fun but it was a problem and I needed help and she was the best fit for me.
I've done therapy before and I wanted to try new coping skills. So we focused on skills for interpersonal relationships and distress tolerance. I didn't know how to "be" in a relationship with others that isn't toxic and how to calm myself down when I'm stressed.