Artwork by Katie Duda, MS, CCLS

Community Child Life Services:

Rachael has 14 years experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a pediatric emergency room and with the inpatient population in a children's hospital. She extends her skill set into the community through her private practice, Rachael C.A.R.E.S.  

Families journey through life and find themselves in unexpected and complicated situations. We do not innately know how to cope with illness, hospitalizations, trauma, and death. Rachael has a background in child development with a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Child Studies. She is a seasoned specialist and ready to support your family! 

As a CCLS, Rachael provides psychosocial support to families in a variety of ways. Preparation for medical events and procedures, education, therapeutic play interventions, funeral support, and school re-entry after long time illnesses are her specialities. 

Services Offered:
  • Preparation and Education for medical experiences
  • Parent coaching and role play
  • Therapeutic Play
  • Legacy Building for End of Life
  • School Re-entry after long time illness
  • School absence service
  • Sibling Support
  • Funeral Preparation

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Who Rachael helps:

Children, Adolescents, Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers

  • Children living with an acute or chronic illness
  • Children with special needs
  • Children with a parent/caregiver that has a health condition
  • Children coping with the loss of a loved one
How to get started:

Rachael provides services to children and families living on the north shore, and surrounding areas, as well as phone consultations for clients outside of the area.

The services are broken down into three components

1. Consultation with the caregivers (phone or face to face)

2. Observation of the child in their home environment

3. Direct Interventions (60 minutes, with the last 15 minutes debriefing with parents)


At this time Rachael doesn't accept insurance, but she is willing to slide her scale to work with your family’s financial needs.

Please send Rachael an email with any questions you may have:

[email protected]

Or you may call or text Rachael


Rachael C.A.R.E.S., LLC

Child Life Advocate for Regular & Emergency Services