Rachael Peterson MS LPCC LADC CCTP


I am a dual-licensed therapist, which means I'm licensed to work with people experiencing a mental illness and a substance abuse problem simultaneously. Some of my clients struggle with these co-occurring conditions, while others seek help to deal with one or the other.

I believe in a holistic approach to therapy and use EMDR, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered and systems based interventions to treat the whole person. My practice centers around evidence-based, best practice interventions to help my clients realize and reach their full potential. I approach therapy as a partnership, working together to help you achieve your therapeutic goals. This can only be done through mutual trust, respect and commitment.

We all have unique experiences that help mold who we are today – affecting our emotional, physical and mental health. Gaining insight into our relationships, behaviors and beliefs is the first step in developing tools to recover from traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, addiction, etc.


  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADC)
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained Clinician


  • Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialty in Addictions (Walden University)
    Note: This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the recognized standard of excellence in professional counseling education.
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Coaching (Luther College, Decorah, Iowa)

Professional Experience

Mental Health

I am a dual-licensed therapist specializing in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. My current work experience includes the following.

  • Mental Health Therapist (working in a variety of treatment settings)
  • Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • DWI Program Instructor
  • Co-creator and Facilitator of a PTSD Support Group for Police Officers (working with Beth Jordan MA LPCC LADC)
  • Consultant

Police Officer

I was a police officer for 16 years prior to becoming a therapist and it was in this role of serving others that I found my way of wanting to help others in a more individualized way. I gained invaluable experience assisting individuals in crisis as a Critical Incident Facilitator and Team Leader for Negotiations of SWAT. I developed a Peer Support Team to assist officers who had experienced significant trauma within their line of duty and was an Emergency Response volunteer.  I have also served as a Hospice Volunteer, whom has held the hands of individuals passing with no loved one present.

special interests

  • Running and biking (Ironman qualifier, completed 2 half Ironmans)
  • Kayaking
  • Lifting Weights
  • Traveling
  • Camping
  • Hospice Volunteer Work
  • Meditation
  • Yoga

You can’t be brave without fear.
— Mohammed Ali