Rachel Sanabria, LCSW Golden Vibes Counseling Center

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“Sensitivity isn’t being wimpy. It’s about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom.” This is a quote from a favorite musician of mine, Jeff Buckley. I see sensitivity as a strength, not a deficit. As a therapist, I work hard to help my clients understand that oftentimes the parts of themselves that they view as weak are really their greatest strengths. The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are very important. They are the lens through which we view everything- they color our world. The problem is that a lot of the time the narratives we have about ourselves are simply not true. For some of us they have been informed by past experiences and past trauma, for others of us anxiety and depression have infiltrated our stories. I will help you to find the truest and most authentic version of your story.

Too often, unfortunately, systems of white supremacy and institutional racism infiltrate our stories. Navigating through a eurocentric environment as a person of color carries with it its own unique set of mental health needs. Microaggressions, systemic and institutional racism, and outright covert racism and discrimination do not exist in a vacuum. I am committed to not only providing a space to deconstruct traditional eurocentric therapeutic values (such as overdiagnosing and pathologizing), I am also committed to actively assist my clients with unpacking their intersectional identities and the ways in which implicit and explicit racism have affected their well being.

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a trauma therapy designed to use rapid eye movement to help traumatic memories “move along” through the healing process. I use EMDR to reprocess painful memories from childhood through adulthood. I am also committed to using EMDR to work through instances of racial trauma. 

About me: I specialize in anxiety, trauma, and depression. I work with teenagers and adults of all ages. I am proficient in Spanish (but not fluent). I have lived experience with implicit and explicit racism coming from an overwhelmingly predominantly white and extremely conservative hometown. I also recognize the privilege afforded to me by my half white ancestry as well as my Puerto Rican ancestry (the only Latinx group that is not directly affected by ICE and threat of deportation). I was a research assistant with the Devine Prejudice and Intergroup Relations lab at UW-Madison. I attended UW-Madison for my undergraduate degree as well as my Master of Social Work degree. 

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