RACHEL PELANDER, MA LMFT  

rachel@hopewellcounseling.org

206.773.3724

*Photography of Rachel and her office by Alyssa Reeve

| Hopewell Counseling

The Orion Building

2743 California Ave SW, Ste 301   Seattle, WA 98116

 

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August 9, 2017

“This is the happiest time of your life; savor every moment of it!”  The words rang in my ears.  I heard them over and over again—from strangers at the grocery store, from women in my church, from imaginary voices that would not be quiet as I struggled through the 24/7 endless cycle of caring for a newborn.  And yet it was not true of my experience.  I was in the throes of one of the most difficult times of my life, and I was ill-equipped to reconcile my re...

August 9, 2017

For those of us who are wondering if we've already blown it in instilling a healthy and informed understanding of sex and sexuality into our kids by being proactive in talking to them about sex, I've got some good news...it's never too late!  

I thought it might be helpful to follow up the last post with some Frequently Asked Questions as I interact with parents on this subject, as well as some great books that help make these conversatio...

August 9, 2017

Did you know that research indicates that having continued, frequent mini-conversations with your kids about sex and sexuality is the #1 factor in maintaining a close relationship with them through adolescence?  

One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to be a safe place for folks to process their own experiences, questions, wounds, shame and discoveries about all of life, including sexuality.  But I don’t want to be the anomaly...I’m not in...

August 2, 2017

There is no greater agony

than having an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

In the summer of 2013, I was walking through a busy park in downtown Seattle, when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks.  A woman sat in a folding chair, and next to her, a second folding chair sat empty except for a sign with two words boldly scrawled upon it: Free Listening.  My breath caught as, only moments later, an older woman, seemingly homeless, sat down beside her...

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