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Rachel Blankenship earned her Master’s of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State
University and her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from East Tennessee State
University. More recently, she was awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to attend the
University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland where she earned her Master’s of Science in
Sport Psychology. During her time at the University of Stirling, her dissertation research
focused on the use of art therapy with athletic populations.


Rachel has played soccer since she was two years old. Throughout her athletic career,
she played four years at the Division I college level at East Tennessee State University,
and one year at the professional level in Skövde, Sweden. These experiences shaped her
passion to help athletes at all levels manage high levels of stress and anxiety and build
positive social identities both in and out of sport. Rachel strongly believes that art
therapy provides unique benefits to athletic populations who may struggle to verbalize
their experiences by providing an outlet for them to identify, share, and process complex
emotions.


Rachel has a wide range of clinical experience working with adolescent and adult clients
experiencing varying levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, low self-concept,
cognitive impairment (i.e. Alzheimer's, Dementia), substance use, psychological
disorders (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar), and difficulty with transition. Additionally, she
recently worked alongside the Scottish Racing Academy to develop resources for
national racing athletes to alleviate feelings of burnout and improve goal setting skills.
Rachel utilizes a strength-based approach that empowers clients to recognize and build
upon their existing strengths to promote personal growth, resilience, and positive
change.


In her free time, Rachel loves staying active and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys
reading and recently started a book club podcast with her sister!

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Rachel Blankenship, MA

Therapist

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