Position: Bush Adventure Therapy Outreach Counsellor
Rachael is passionate about the healing power of nature and positive connections with others. She comes from a diverse background and has worked in corporate and community sectors, she has worked as an outdoor educator, family therapist and counsellor. Now at REGENERATE Rachael works mostly with women in the Bush Adventure Therapy field, Rachael believes in the strength and resilience of women and their children and how positive connections with others and nature can build and support this.
It was these experiences, following a life of outdoor adventures, that cemented in Rachael that she loved working with people in the outdoors, this is where she also saw its therapeutic power.
Rachael completed training in outdoor recreation and worked as an outdoor educator for groups of young people in the early 2000’s. Since then, Rachael has worked as an environmental scientist, enjoying many hours working in the outdoors with a variety of people, she has trained as a counsellor and worked in a number of roles including as a youth and family counsellor and social worker. During this time Rachael also had two children and grew passionate about supporting mothers, which saw her volunteer with parentline and the Australian Breastfeeding Association. In 2013 Rachael began a private practice offering counselling and meditation. She later extended this practice to include running retreats and women’s circles. It was also at this time that Rachael got involved with the Australian Association of Bush Adventure Therapy where she is currently the Victorian Regional Representative on the AABAT committee.