Santa Barbara Therapist and Author

Dr. Rachel B. Aarons LCSW

Dr. Rachel B. Aarons LCSW

Rachel has helped me to awaken and become the person I have always wanted to be and was meant to be. Unfortunately, it took cancer to be my wake-up call. Fortunately, I have Rachel to help me through it. I have never felt so alive, so aware and so confident. I am a beautiful, caring, intelligent human being and, thank goodness, Rachel helped me reconnect with that. I will forever use the tips and techniques that she has taught me to stay present and aware.
- ND (past client)


I came into therapy confused ... Rachel helped set me straight.
I had unrealistic expectations ... Rachel helped me to realize that.
I had a lot of trouble accepting things as they were ... Rachel assisted me with the accepting process.
I had difficulty putting things in their proper perspective ... Rachel helped me change my perspective so I was better able to accept things as they were and stop fighting it.
- EO (past client)

I think about the therapy all the time and use it on a daily basis.  It has made a big difference in my life.
- Rob (past client)

When I first began therapy with Dr. Aarons, I came in thinking I knew exactly what was causing my stress and anxiety. What we found, however, was a new discovery of past experiences that have contributed to who I am today. Dr. Aarons carefully listens, analyzes, and focuses 100% on your personal story and has a way of "reading between the lines" and uncovering fundamental truth. She is an incredible therapist who has helped me work through a slew of personal issues in a short amount of time and is a real treasure to Santa Barbara. We are lucky to have her.
- Elizabeth (past client)

I went to see Dr. Rachel in one of the lowest points in my adult life. I was 27, back living with my parents, had walked away from the only passion in my life, and had just gotten my heart broken by a guy I was madly in love with.

In less then eight months Dr. Rachel has helped me turn my life around. I’m moving to a new city on my own. I’m in a healthy relationship, and I'm returning to my life's passion.

I think the biggest turning point in all our work together was our EMDR session. We addressed an emotionally devastating moment in my recent break-up. Before this session, every time I thought about this moment of my past, I would get a sick, painful feeling deep inside. It would really bring me down, and it was impossible to shake. It would have me on the verge of tears. I would then go from being depressed to being incredibly angry and bitter that one person’s actions towards me could affect me so much.  

After our session with EMDR, it was like that feeling of sadness and worthlessness and the anger just went "POOF!" It was gone! When I thought back on that moment that used to bring me so low emotionally, I felt none of that. That emotionally devastating moment of my past was no longer hindering me. I had gotten closure, moved on and learned from it.

I can't even explain the amount of freedom I felt afterwards.
- LM (past client)

Before my EMDR session I was very skeptical for several reasons. I've never tried anything like this and thought the process seemed mysterious. I tend to be very analytical and didn't know if I could let myself trust the process. And finally I was worried that making the investment in EMDR wouldn't pay off.

I must admit I was skeptical even as I sat in the chair when the EMDR process started, but within a day of the treatment I noticed a very positive change in my life. (Others have noticed the change as well.) I have no doubt that Rachel was instrumental in the quick and positive results I experienced. All my doubts about EMDR have been erased. I would recommend Rachel to anyone interested in the EMDR process.

It was one of the best investments I've ever made.
- Jeff (past client)

My experience with Rachel Aarons has made me realize who I am. I learned so much about myself. I was so pleased with the results that I have recommended  her as a therapist for someone I deeply care about.
- SL (past client)

Even though I haven't seen you in a couple of years, I do still think about you frequently - especially when I need advice, and I think to myself, "what would Rachel say?" I can't say that I predict your viewpoints accurately, but I've found that this is a good emotional exercise for me in terms of decision-making. You have indeed left your imprint on my life - out of sight is not out of mind.
- TS (past client)​

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