Rae Coley, LCSW

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For the past twenty years, I have worked in a variety of social service settings.  I have worked as a social worker in home health care, nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, and juvenile justice settings. I also worked in elementary and high school settings as a special education teacher for seven years. For the past eight years, I have worked in community mental health care, and most currently, private practice.

Educational Background
I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1995 and The University of Alabama with a Master of Social Work degree in 1996.

Theoretical Orientation
I am committed to personal and professional growth. I am a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and have post graduate training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction strategies. In therapy, I primarily utilize Mindfulness and Behavioral based therapies/methods such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. I also utilize Behavioral Activation Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis strategies. I strive to empower clients by sharing researched based information regarding issues they are facing. I enjoy working in concert with clients and their physicians or other health care providers.

I am originally from Birmingham, Alabama. My husband and I have been married for thirteen years and have lived in Fayette County for the past twelve years. We are the proud parents of three: two rescue dogs and one rescue cat. Our rescue dogs, Sadie and Darcy, enjoy coming to therapy sessions to help clients feel at home and comfortable.

I provide individual, group, couple, and family therapy to those ages ten and up. I specialize in working with individuals coping with depressive and anxiety disorders, adolescents and adults struggling with self destructive and self injurious behaviors, couples and families managing interpersonal conflict, and women dealing with sexual trauma, and autism spectrum disorders. My dogs, Sadie and Darcy, seen in the picture above, assist me in session. They love people of all ages and often help to ease tension and create a lighter atmosphere.