Rachel McDermott, MA, LMFT has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years and started practicing psychotherapy for couples, individuals and children in 1999. She discovered her passion at a young age, starting her career at Chamberlain's Children Center, a group home for Severely Emotionally Disturbed youth in Merced, California, at just 18 years old.
After completing 3,000-hours as an associate for her Marriage and Family Therapy License at Synchrony of Visalia, she gained over 15 years of professional experience in various positions before opening her own private practice in 2004. Such positions included Hospital Social Worker for Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital, Mediator for Tulare County Family Court Services, Social Worker for Child Welfare Services, Substance Abuse Counselor for the ARC (a 28-day residential alcohol and drug abuse program), and Lead Counselor for Kings County PC 1000 Drug Diversion program.
She was a Faculty Advisor for University of Phoenix, where she has taught classes in the Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program from 2008-2016. She has a gift for working with couples and families, specializing in parent-child relationship issues and blended families.