Rachel Valentine, LMHC, NCC

Rachel has an exceptional heart for children and families.  She values the richness of generational story and family patterns of connection as a main contributor to the legacy of continued connection and mental health stability in further generations.  She integrates the most recognized understanding of neurobiological science, in accordance with Scriptural truths, and translates it into the most user friendly and simplistic methodologies for families which can be applied immediately. 

Rachel greatly enjoys her direct service interactions and is also a respected community educator and advocate for child and family-centered practices.  She is a requested presenter at area schools, community symposiums, as well as church and ministry locations.  Topics for such presentations include the following:  abundant living in a scarcity-driven culture, marriage and family enrichment, parenting, finding balance and self-care, and relationship enrichment in a me-oriented world.

Degree/Training

  • MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University
  • BA in Psychology and Christian Education from Northwestern College/Iowa

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Areas of Special Interest

  • Attachment/Bonding (including sleep, feeding, and sensory integration principles)
  • Individual Narrative Therapy (including Lifespan Integration Therapy (LI)
  • Marriage Therapy (including PREPARE/ENRICH pre- and post- marital curriculum)
  • Child and Family based services (including Trust Based Relational Intervention, Interpersonal Neurobiological Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy)
  • Trauma informed services (including Lifespan Integration Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiological Therapy)

See descriptions and links below

Lifespan Integration Therapy – Lifespan Integration therapy utilizes a narrative timeline coupled with somatic (body) recognition for real time healing from past hurts.

PREPARE/ENRICH Relationship Assessment and Curriculum – The leading national and international relationship assessment and skill-building program.  Please note that completion of online relationship assessments requires an additional $35 fee to be paid for by clients utilizing such service.

Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) – An emerging intervention model for a wide array of child behavioral difficulties.  This modality is based on solid neuropsychological theory and research tempered by humanitarian principles.  This is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced early trauma and/or relationship-based difficulties.

Interpersonal Neurobiological Therapy Modality (IPNB) – This modality uses clinical evidence that supports continuous brain growth as its foundation.  It uses such principles as lay understanding of brain mechanisms, mindfulness approaches to regulation, and use of relational connection for brain restoration and vitality.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – This evidenced-based clinical practice addresses behavioral difficulties in children between the ages of 2-7 years old.  It functions in two phases with the first focused on attachment and connection between the child and their caregiver and the second providing behaviorally based methodology for practical parent interventions.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – TF-CBT is a model of psychotherapy that combines trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral therapy. Children and parents are provided knowledge and skills related to processing the trauma; managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and enhancing safety, parenting skills, and family communication.

Personal Favorites

What is your favorite (non-work related) book?

Bossypants by Tina Fey.  It hurt to read because I laughed so hard and yet could self-identify with 90% of the book.

What is your favorite (work-related) book?

My top-10 work-related books are listed below.  This is a continuously revolving door.  My favorite authors are Dr. Brene Brown, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

5+parenting+books+about+big-hearted+discipline• The Whole-Brain Child by Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
The Connected Child
by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross
No Drama Discipline by Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel
Love Me, Feed Me by Dr. Katja Rowell
Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown
Anatomy of the Soul by Dr. Curt Thompson
Carry on, Warrior by Glennon Melton
Parenting From the Inside Out by Dr. Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
To Be Told by Dr. Dan Allender

Get to Know Rachel

Where are you from?
I am an Iowan from the start.  As a little girl, I had several moves within the state before landing for the bulk of my latter elementary through high school years in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  My husband and I did spend five years living and loving our time in a Chicago-area suburb while I completed graduate school and while we began our early careers. 

What is the one thing you want someone to know about you?
My family is my heart.  I most treasure my roles as wife and mother only second to being a daughter of the Most High Dad.  My children are my teachers.  They are my home base and greatest joy.  I love being Mom to two energetic and bold boys.  My heart still pitter patters for my husband of 15 years.  He is my very best friend who encourages me beyond words.  He thinks that I am much braver than I actually am and encourages me to take leaps of faith.

What is something you are proud of?
I am immensely proud of my volunteer work with Royal Family Kids Camp of NW Iowa (RFKC).  RFKC is a volunteer run and operated camp geared toward ministering to the lives of children between the ages of 6-11 who are actively in the foster care system.  My work with these beautiful children and their volunteers drives the impetus of all that is provided through All Things New Therapy Services, Inc.  These children drive us in thinking differently and providing “out-of-the-box” service delivery.

What do you do for fun?
READ!  I remember getting my first library card.  I felt like it was my ticket to the world.  I love everything about books!  I also enjoy getting pedicures and going for extended coffee chats with girlfriends.  When I can get it….I also love a good massage and it is even better if my honey and I can sneak away for a couples massage.

What was your first job/career?
Summer camp counselor at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp.  I am a huge advocate for the camping experience for children and their families.  I began attending camp as a little girl with my family and continued on as a camper all the way through high school.  I was hooked!  This is where I gave my heart to Jesus, developed my first crushes, learned my love of vocal harmonizing around the campfire, became inclined to get a tattoo, and learned to love me for me.  I served as a camp counselor as early and as often as I could.

Do you have any pets?
Maddie is our family’s 4 year old, black English Cocker Spaniel.  She is loved to pieces and tolerates all of the not-so-gentle touches of our 4 year old little boy.  Maddie is extremely tender-hearted but also keeps this therapist pet mama on her toes as she has loads of anxiety and sensory needs.  She does not understand spatial boundaries, has anxious piddles when meeting strangers, and hides from thunderstorms.

What is a little known factoid about yourself?
I got my first tattoo in my freshman year of college.  I have a bit of a rebellious streak running through my veins as I love my Christian community but strive always to rock comfortable Christianity and “pat-responses” to big life issues.  P.S….I had my dad’s permission to get the tattoo!  It is a butterfly on the top of my left foot.  It symbolizes freedom and rebirth.  I say my “first” and truly it is my only but time will only tell if I take the plunge again.

About Therapy Practice

What do you value about being a therapist?
Therapy time is holy time.  I am tremendously humbled by being allowed to enter the innermost “rooms” of a person’s heart.  The feelings are real and true.  The vulnerability is everywhere.  To be allowed to share this space is beyond belief.

How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist? 
My identity, the core of EVERYTHING about me, finds its center in my faith in God and my “daughtership” in Him.  It is not something that I can turn off and on.  I understand that many with whom I work do not share this same belief.  It is not my job to convert them.  It is not my work to judge them.  It is my purpose to demonstrate the same love, compassion, and grace that has been afforded to me by my God to all with whom I meet whether it be in my clinical office, on the sidewalk or at the local grocery store.

Endorsements

As a community health nurse, I work with parents and children every day. I have developed a passion for the attachment and bonding health of families and consider it illness when there are struggles. It is imperative to the wellness of the next generation that we make healthy relationships a priority. Sometimes that bond is interrupted by trauma or stress or a child who struggles and then parents need help to restore the relationship with their child. Personally we experienced this with our adopted child who came from a hard place and therapeutic work with Rachel Valentine helped us so much! Our family as a whole is much healthier and we have tools to use as we continue to parent our children in a healthier way than we did before. Personally and professionally I endorse her work!
Niki, Community Health Nurse/Mom
I have had the privilege of working alongside Rachel with Royal Family Kids Camp for the last two years. Her love for hurting children is evident and she brings that love and passion to camp every year. In addition to attending camp as our Staff Professional Counselor, she assists me in the training of all our volunteers. By doing this she helps our volunteers gain an understanding and knowledge of the hurting children. Rachel comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her approach in working with hurting children comes from a deep passion and love. Rachel is very gifted, and a huge asset to our camp, campers, and volunteers.
Jenni Bullock, Royal Family Kids Camp of NW Iowa Director