Rachel Brewer, MS, ALC

Location(s): Huntsville

Rachel joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2021, but she has been working in the mental health field for over 8 years! She is an Associate Licensed Counselor (#C3719A) under the supervision of Jay H. Byham, MS, LPC-S (#0741). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Spring Hill College and a Master of Science in Counseling from Faulkner University.

Rachel enjoys working with those interested in creative forms of counseling (such as art therapy); adults dealing with trauma, anxiety, or depression; couples; the LGBTQ+ community; and older adults. She uses Psychodynamic or Psychoanalytic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interactive Play Therapy, Creativity Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, & Emotionally Focused Therapy. Rachel says, “These approaches show up in my practice through doing my best to practice authenticity and unconditional positive regard with all of my clients, while also providing a warm and accepting environment for our work together in exploring dysfunctional cognitive patterns (past and present), how their past experiences affect current problems, and many other issues.”

Highlights -
American Counseling Association, Level 1 Theraplay
Rachel practices wellness by reading, making art, spending time in inspiring places (such as nature, art studios, and libraries), and spending time with her "tribe." She has 3 dogs: Posey, Bowie (named for David Bowie), and a 12 year old miniature dachshund named Elvis. A few interesting facts to help you get to know Rachel better: Her favorite books include "The Hidden & Little Darlings" by Melanie Golding, the Fairy Tale / Folk Lore series by Christina Henry, "Coming Clean" by Kimberly Rae Miller, "The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog" by Bruce D. Perry & Maia Szalavitz, and "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb. Rachel finds a special connection with Scout from "To Kill A Mockingbird." She says, "I've always loved the character (especially as portrayed in the film adaptation) and can relate to Scout's being a kid that 'should' fit in living in the deep south, but was often the 'odd bird' who had some very different views and interests than what was maybe expected of me. I also feel like Scout being a literal 'Ham' for Halloween, is just the best thing ever."