Rachael Starr, LCSW, CSAT
“Stop coping and start healing. Coping lasts for a moment but healing lasts for a lifetime!”
PTSD and trauma have been themes of my life since birth. My father, maternal grandfather, and several close friends all have military backgrounds. They each have PTSD in their own shape and form.
Due to my own childhood and past trauma, I, too, have PTSD.
Growing-up, I was always curious about why my family members acted and overreacted the ways that they did to simple situations. In an effort to seek help for myself, and to better understand my loved ones, I went to therapy. Talk therapy was helpful in the beginning, but it became clear that it alone was not enough. I was recommended to try EMDR, and it changed my world. I felt renewed, and was finally able to get out of my own way. I also realized how I was going to utilize my strong desire to help others, so I went on to complete my Masters in Social Work. I knew my passion was to help First Responders and military personnel. I had the privilege of growing-up with them, living with them, and understanding them in a way that only a family member can. I also had the opportunity to work with them as professors, co-workers, mentors, patients, and clients during school. Once I graduated, I went to the first EMDR class that I could find, and have been using EMDR to help heal my clients ever since. After a few highly successful months of using EMDR, I noticed that some important pieces were still missing. One of those pieces was group work with other clients who had similar experiences and backgrounds. Along the way, I have learned that once or twice a week of any therapy is simply not enough, and that there is extra healing power in doing intensive work. These experiences, traumas, and realizations have led me to create The 11th Hour. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, and because of them I am able to provide some of the best therapy available.
If I hadn’t gone through those experiences, I wouldn’t have learned. I wouldn’t have grown. I wouldn’t be able to help you.
Rachael has earned an Associates and Bachelors in Psychology and went on to graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters in Social Work. Rachael’s unique therapeutic style incorporates trust, provides straightforward feedback, and helps her clients create a safe environment. She assists each individual client in gaining insight into areas of their lives that they would like to improve or move past. Rachael has been working directly with First Responders, Veterans, and their families for over 5 years and currently works with a major metropolitan department in their Employee Assistance Program. Rachael demonstrates genuine care for each and every person that walks into her office with empathy, specialized techniques, and compassion. Rachael’s passion is to assist them in their journey to making their goals a reality. Working with each client to meet their individual needs by using professional and personal experience, she will work tirelessly to help her clients.
You have two choices. You can either stop now, and stay stuck in this hurt, this pain. Or, you can work through it, deal with it, and move past it. The great thing is, I’m here to help you with that.
Rachael Starr specializes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Animal-Assisted Therapy, Sex Addiction, Partners of Sex Addicts and First Responder Care. Treating trauma is where Rachael’s passion lies so she is always looking for new cutting edge therapies and techniques for treatment. Rachael has recently started incorporating Animal-Assisted therapy in to her approach and has seen excellent results with her clients.