Rachel Morici-Leirer, MA, LPC


Rachel is a warm and compassionate therapist who enjoys helping people learn to live fully by embracing the joys and working through the challenges in life. She is collaborative in her approach with children, families and individuals–looking at the entire system, developing mutual goals to build resiliency, initiate change, and promote growth. Her approach is holistic and integrative, including elements of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), mindfulness, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral, family systems and humanistic theories in therapy.

Rachel offers Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR is an evidence-based practice that is highly effective in treating many issues including: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma recovery, anxiety, panic, depression, attachment issues, and to reduce stress.

Rachel is also a clinical art therapist. Through art therapy, she helps individuals discover their inspiration and find purpose embedded within the meaningful metaphors of their lives. When working with younger children, she uses play, story-telling and creativity to allow space for self-expression and healing.

Often we get stuck in old habits that were developed earlier in life. We might hold onto old messages about our self-worth, competence, needs and value. EMDR allows us to rewrite this script and undo these old habits making space for new habits to emerge. It’s a remarkable and powerful tool that helps people to be freed up from the past to enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Rachel is a licensed professional counselor and graduated from C.W. Post Long Island University, New York in 2003 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Art Psychotherapy. Before joining the staff at Kidstuff Counseling, Rachel had 15 years of experience working with children, families and adults in a variety of therapeutic settings. Her experience includes work with developmentally disabled children in a school setting, vocational counseling, community mental health and managing a small non-profit outpatient therapy clinic.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys writing children’s stories with her husband and 5-year-old son, playing outside and working on creative projects.