Rachel Shoemaker, LPC Associate
Supervised by: Jenny Wang, LPC-S
Rachel enjoys working with female teens, adolescents, and adults. She enjoys working with her clients through concerns with body image and eating disorders, self-esteem and identity, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression and anxiety, family relationship issues, and OCD. She has a passion for walking alongside others in order to find healing and provide a safe space for each person to grow and be able to experience the fullness of life and hope.
Rachel’s goal is to create an environment where others can feel safe, be authentic, and grow in trust to promote holistic healing. She desires to listen to both the joys and heartaches that one will inevitably experience daily. Her goal is to be edifying and provide practical tools that her clients can use in daily life outside of the office, which promote fuller life and more meaningful relationships with others.
Rachel was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. In 2014, she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. During her time at SFA, she was able to perform research in the areas of body image as well as neuropsychology. In addition, she spent time leading small groups at church and volunteering in collegiate organizations, which confirmed her passion for working with people and the counseling relationship. Her time there fueled her passion for helping others via the realm of counseling. Rachel received her Masters in Biblical Counseling at the Dallas Theological Seminary in 2018. She looks forward to the continued process of learning and practicing alongside the Revive Counseling team.
During grad school, she was also lucky enough to become a flight attendant for a major US airline, allowing her to experience many different cultures as she traveled the world. During her time as a flight attendant, she was able to serve as a Peer Support Representative, supporting fellow flight attendants emotionally after critical instances at work, providing grief support, and offering mental health prevention education.
When Rachel is not counseling, she enjoys traveling, a good Netflix binge, DIY home projects, or a sweet family day at the park with her husband and son.
Mark Shoemaker, LPC
My style of counseling begins with the relationship between me and each of my clients. My goal is to build a relationship with each person that I see so that trust, empathy, and connection can be the starting point for the rest of therapy. During and after the process of building a connection, I tailor the counseling process according to each client's needs. My personal life experiences, along with my education in psychology and counseling, has informed my counseling style, but I am always nose deep in a new book or attending workshops to better help each of my client’s diverse concerns. I believe that the best counselors are the ones who are always learning.
My inspiration to pursue counseling came from my years as a college student. This huge transition and everything that came with it surfaced a lot of self-doubt, insecurity, and shame in myself. It wasn’t until I developed really close friendships and started my own personal therapy that I started to work through the self-doubt, insecurity, and shame. Because of the power of those friendships, therapy, meaningful conversations, and transformation that took place in my life, I was inspired to pursue counseling.
After I graduated Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe em’ Jacks!) with a degree in Psychology, I went on to study Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Alongside my studies at DTS, which I loved every minute of, I had the opportunity to do something else I love, travel the world! Over the last year of my studies at DTS I traveled to the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Australia, and my personal favorite, Switzerland! I enjoy interacting with the people I meet everywhere I go and love exploring new places, people, and conversations. During my off time I will probably be reading through a new book, traveling, hanging out with friends, or just hanging out with my wife watching the newest season of our favorite show.
Since graduating from DTS I have spent several years helping couples and individuals explore issues surrounding, anxiety, depression, marriage, shame, identity, spiritual concerns, and relationship concerns. I offer marriage counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling via tele-counseling. I have a strong desire to help others find healing and hope in the midst of some of the toughest problems life can throw at you. I hope you find useful my services, blog, and other resources. I look forward to connecting with you!