Rachel Rud hails from the Midwest and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and English from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. While studying character, motivation, and environment during her theatre classes, Rachel noticed a helpful parallel with what she was learning in her psychology classes– which would set the stage (so to speak) for her future endeavors. After graduating from Northwestern, Rachel moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
Despite loving the craft of acting and the people she met along the way, she felt a continual pull towards the mental health field — both in addressing her own mental wellness, as well as an increasing curiosity to see how she could make a difference in the lives of others.
After a decade in the acting biz, Rachel applied to California State University Northridge’s well-respected and COAMFTE-accredited Marriage & Family Therapy Master’s program. She graduated in December of 2021 with distinction. While obtaining her Master’s degree, Rachel worked clinically for two and a half years at Counseling West in Sherman Oaks. She conducted therapy both in person and via telehealth with adults, adolescents, couples and families in issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, sexual abuse, LGBTQIA+ issues, identity development…and of course the shared trauma of the COVID19 pandemic, which affected every person and every presenting issue.
Rachel is delighted to work at Multi Concept Recovery, as recovery and the joy and clarity it brings is close to her heart. She works with her clients from a Person-Centered perspective, using evidence-based practices and mindfulness interventions. She is also trained in EMDR therapy, which she feels is essential for trauma treatment.
Outside of MCR, Rachel enjoys exploring the never-ending diversity of Los Angeles, hanging with her beloved chihuahua Hoon, and watching a ridiculous amount of sitcoms.