Rachel Kwiatkoski, LMSW
Rachel Kwiatkoski received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Central Michigan University in 2010 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2011. Since the start of her career, Rachel has had a passion for advocating on behalf of adults and children with disabilities and mental illness. In a culture that has often marginalized these populations, Rachel has always fostered an environment of inclusion and access for everyone. Rachel specializes in working with individuals on the Autism spectrum, as well as providing therapeutic support to families affected by Autism. She has an excellent knowledge of developmental disabilities and childhood disorders, and she works to address the specific needs of individuals working to achieve their highest level of independence. Rachel has taught parenting classes and has worked with parents and teachers to develop highly-detailed behavioral interventions for children and adults with challenging behaviors. Rachel has experience in clinical diagnosis of substance abuse and mental illness, as well as a great working knowledge of appropriate interventions and community resources for myriad of different needs.
Rachel implements Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in her work, and she has seen firsthand that these interventions can lead to quantifiable change in a person’s life. As a clinician, her goal is to create a safe space where individuals can process difficult emotions without a fear of judgment. She believes that a little humor can go a long way, and she encourages a daily practice of mindfulness and laughter.