Rachel has a Masters Degree (Social Science) majoring in Psychology and Behaviour Analysis, a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Health (Drug and Alcohol Strand) and is a nationally registered psychologist. She is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society and of the special interest groups, Child, Adolescent & Family Psychology and Psychology and Family law.
Rachel has over 20 years working with children young people and their families experiencing relationship, behavioural and/or parenting issues, across a variety of settings in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia. Her extensive professional experience includes work in the fields of child protection, residential and out of home care, education and disabilities.
Rachel commenced work with the Australian Family Law Courts in 2006 as a Family Consultant working with children and parents/carers and adult family members who are in situations of family conflict and separation. She has acquired comprehensive experience in the preparation of child focused family reports incorporating a social science, evidence based perspective, to achieve good outcomes for children.
Rachel has a keen interest in stepfamilies and in working with and supporting parents, stepparents and coparents who are adjusting to divorce, shared parenting and who are wanting to create a successful stepfamily that marches to the beat of its own drum. She is Co-Creator and Founder of Stepping Through, a solution focused, web-based, educational and support resource for parents and stepparents.