Rachel Nelson, OT
Rachel earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Mexico in 2014 and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology in 2010. Rachel is a certified yoga teacher with several trauma-informed trainings including: Connected Warriors, Trauma Conscious Yoga for Veterans, Prison Yoga Project, and Universal Yoga. Rachel values incorporating people of all ability levels into her yoga classes and has taught trauma informed yoga for people transitioning back to community from incarceration, those experiencing homelessness, and those diagnosed with developmental or physical disabilities.
Rachel has completed trainings in motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavior therapy; she values incorporating self-determination, body autonomy, self-regulation and client’s unique interests, proclivities and ways of processing into treatment planning. Rachel sees the value in empowering a person to drive their recovery and participation, through meaningful participation in activities each person defines as valuable – the heart of Occupational Therapy. Rachel has experience in working outpatient, community and home-based settings. She has working with mental health, substance abuse, poly-trauma, treatment foster care, social-recreational, sensory processing, incarcerated, those experiencing homelessness, autism spectrum disorder, feeding difficulties, developmental disabilities, and neurological disease populations. Her experience in developing inclusive and adaptive social-recreational programming (yoga, kayaking archery, drumming, dance) and specialized summer camp programming has taught her the invaluable roles that inclusive recreation and play have in improving individual and community health. Occupational Therapy utilizes the therapeutic use of play, activity engagement, modification/adaptation to address cognitive, sensory processing, motor, self-regulation, executive functioning, social and daily living skills.