Dr. Rachel Altvater received a B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Family Studies from Towson University, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and a M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. Campus. She trained at the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, the Child Care Clinic at University of Maryland School of Medicine, the D.C. Superior Courts, Expressive Therapy Center, and both the Southeast Baltimore Early Head Start and the Child and Family Therapy Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Altvater completed her doctoral internship at The Children's Assessment Center in Houston.
Prior to joining The Gil Institute, she worked as a clinician at MPB Group and at the Counseling and Child Sexual Abuse Program at Family and Children's Services. She is also presently a clinician at The Wake Kendall Group in Washington, D.C.
She received specialized training in both trauma work and play therapy and is presently a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Registered Play Therapist. While she draws upon a variety of therapeutic approaches and interventions tailored to meet the needs of each individual, her primary approach to therapy is humanistic. Dr. Altvater believes it is essential that each individual find his or her own truth, happiness, and acceptance. She aims to foster a safe and comfortable therapeutic space to allow each individual to learn, grow, and ultimately become the best version of him or herself.