Rachel "Ray" Barnhart
So many of us feel pressured to hide our emotions and perform okayness, no matter the cost to our
mental health. Let’s create a space together where you feel free to be real. I will meet you where you are
with curiosity, warmth and acceptance.My practice is client-centered, which means that I respect you
as the author and expert of your own lived experience. I am anti-racist and LGBTQIA+ affirming. I also
bring the values of anti-oppression, Health at Every Size, and Disability Justice to my work.
My experience as a grief counselor working with individuals, groups and hospice workers has been
instrumental in shaping my approach. Grief arises not just when someone dies, but in response to any
type of change: in our identities, careers and relationships, to broader social and political crises like
systemic racism and climate change.
I also have extensive training supporting people living with chronic illness and their caregivers. Whether
coping with a new diagnosis, adjusting to survivorship or preparing for the end-of-life, it’s an honor to
walk beside my clients as they navigate these changes.
I received my Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College in New York City. I’m so happy to be
back home in the south and grateful to be a part of the Radical Healing Collaborative!