Rachael Mielitz is a Master of Clinical Mental Health student at Texas Tech University: Health Sciences Center. While living in Lubbock, TX she worked in addiction rehabilitation among some of Texas’ most influential addiction professionals including Dr.’s Kitty S. Harris and Sterling Shumway. This experience fueled her drive to continue learning about addictions and commit to working with those struggling in that realm. Upon moving to Michigan in 2019 she started digging deeper into social justice issues, feminism, and the intersectionality present in each of our stories. This ongoing journey has boosted her confidence in her feminist influenced counseling style in which she focuses on oppression and placement in society and their effect on humankind’s mental health. Rachael’s passion for helping others guides her in and out of the therapy room. Her philosophy is as follows:
Congruence is to be similar, consistent, balanced. I like to think that this is a word that defines myself and my approaches well. I practice congruence in, and out, of the therapeutic setting and intend to view each of my clients with unconditional positive regard. To me, a mental health professional should be able to present themselves with a balanced and consistent sensibility regardless of who they interact with. I take a person-centered and feminist theoretical approach to ensure that issues of identity and individuality, cultural intersections, and placement in society are addressed. In practice, I hope to guide people to an improved sense of self and help them discover the power within themselves, with the ultimate goal of changing the way inequality and oppression affect people’s mental health.