My name is Rachel Crawford and I am a Clinical Therapist at a Private Practice based in Charlotte, NC, called Zola Counseling, operating from trauma-informed, person-centered, and strengths-based theoretical frameworks. I am also a Clinical Consultant for an International Humanitarian Organization, called Playing to Live, with extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA), I have technical expertise in Child Protection; Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS); Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH), Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV); and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD).
I earned a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a private practitioner, my work is comprised of preteens, adolescents, and young adults navigating trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, adoption and attachment issues, depression and suicidality, LGBTQIA+ issues, as well as pregnancy and postpartum. As a humanitarian practitioner, my work is has consisted of conducting a supportive arts pilot with former street children and adolescents in Uganda, completing a community mural and storybook with secondary school students in India, and contributing to intake and post operative care curriculum with Obstetric Fistula survivors in Ethiopia. Additionally, I have traveled to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda, The Bahamas, Italy, Scotland, France, and England for educational and humanitarian relief purposes.