Rachel Vendsel


Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. She graduated in 2006 from Westminster Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion, Counseling Emphasis. She also holds a Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling from Biblical Seminary. She completed her undergraduate work at Texas A&M University. Rachel has served in a diverse set of contexts, including working at a foster care and adoption agency, as a bilingual counselor at a faithbased, multi-cultural counseling center in North Philadelphia, and at Redeemer Counseling Services in New York City. She has been with Nikao since 2013.

Rachel offers individual, couples and family counseling for adult women and men and older youth (age 15+).

She specializes in:

  • Trauma, especially recovery from sexual abuse
  • PTSD and C-PTSD
  • Grief and loss
  • Marriage therapy and enrichment
  • Premarital counseling (Prepare/Enrich)
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting concerns
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Vocational discernment
  • Spiritual direction
  • Disordered eating

Rachel counsels with attention to the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. She works to find healing for both past wounds and current concerns. She utilizes emotionally-focused therapy techniques as well as cognitive behavioral interventions. She strives to meet clients where they are in their struggles, and help them achieve their counseling goals. Rachel maintains a professional membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors. She is married, has two children, and active in her local church. She enjoys cooking, poetry, literature, church history and especially loves a good British drama.