About Me

Rachel Gates, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

CA PSY27227

FL TPPY1509

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I have over 12 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings where I worked extensively with children, adults and families.  I received my PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) degree in 2012 from The Georgia School of Professional Psychology, an APA accredited program in Atlanta, Georgia and completed a certification program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to further my understanding of human behavior as it pertains to work. 


My work is compassion-focused, culturally sensitive, interpersonal, strengths-based and trauma informed.  I integrate a humanistic, person-centered approach into my work and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and mindfulness-based therapies, and infuse Internal Family System (IFS) theory, and existential and positive psychology principles into my sessions. 


Learning that I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) had a huge impact on me professionally and personally and I am on a mission to help others embrace their unique strengths.  I spent my childhood in the Midwest and lived in the South for over a decade before meeting my fiancé in Southern California.  We are currently raising our bi-racial son in Culver City.  Outside of work, you can find me outdoors spending time with my family and our cat, Teddy.  I love plants and use gardening and caring for houseplants as a major source of stress relief.  I've been vegan for over 8 years and care deeply about the welfare of humans, animals and the planet.


I'm here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. I truly care about my clients’ well-being and make every effort to provide you with a safe, confidential and supportive experience.  I offer a free 15-minute consultation for all new clients so we can get to know each other and see if we are the right fit.  Get in touch with me today for more information.