Rachel Levy, LLMSW

Rachel Levy, LLMSW

Therapist

Education

  • BA in Sociology of Health & Medicine | University of Michigan
  • Master’s in Social Work | University of Michigan

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Priority Health PPO

Specialties

Type of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic Therapy

Patient Population

  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Kids
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Chronically Ill & Disabled

Issue Focus

  • Relationships
  • Identity
  • Disability
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Empowerment
  • Religion
  • Fertility

About Rachel Levy

Thank you for pausing to read my bio. Whether this is the first or four-hundredth therapist bio that you have read, I am honored to be part of your journey towards self-empowerment, wellness, and wholeness.

A little about my practice: Therapy can be an opportunity to learn more about how you connect to yourself, to your surroundings, to your community, and to your values. It can allow you to heal past versions of yourself, as well as to trust future versions of yourself. Building a satisfying life can be really hard work! I see my role as a facilitator and mediator between you, your thoughts, and your goals so that you can use the moments of challenge in your life to grow.

A little about me: I earned my Master’s in Social Work, a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership, and a certificate in Graduate Teaching at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. During my training, I worked with diverse populations across the state of Michigan that spanned race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, immigration status, disability, and more. Specifically, I have worked with men (ages 18-70) who have perpetrated domestic violence as well as with survivors of DV, intimate partner violence (IPV), and sexual assault. I have worked with college students, adults, and seniors on building healthy relationships, managing anxiety and depression, and working through health-related trauma. In addition, I have been involved in the Serious Fun Network, an organization that provides sleepaway camp experiences for children (8-16 yo) with chronic or life-threatening conditions. When I am not wearing my therapist hat, I volunteer as an on-call doula (what is a doula?), sing in a local choir, and explore the beautiful state of Michigan.

I applaud you for making it until the end. Finding the right therapist for you requires patience, bravery, and humility and I am excited by the possibility of the work that we can do together.

Unique Approach to Therapy

What makes my approach unique? I am regularly asking for feedback from my patients. How is the treatment going? Are we addressing issues you care about? Do you feel you are making measurable progress? At Start My Wellness, we help people actively engage in making therapy as useful and user friendly as possible. We use this feedback to improve treatment methods, guide therapist training and improve overall customer satisfaction. We believe this patient-centered approach makes Start My Wellness world-class.

Specialized & Extended Training

What makes Rachel Levy stand out is her high level of education and experience. She, along with all Start My Wellness therapists, attends at least 120 hours of extensive ongoing training and personal development per year in treating anxiety, depression, work stress, and relationship problems. This rigorous instruction differentiates Rachel from others in the field and allows her to provide the highest quality of service to patients.

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Emily Lunn
Emily Lunn
2022-06-17
Start My Wellness definitely receives 5 stars. Their staff are incredibly helpful and want you to get the care you need. I did start by seeing Scott, but found him to not be the best fit for me. This can be a potentially uncomfortable situation for someone who already has anxiety on the best of days. Between talking with Laila who I see for medication and WISH I could have her as my actual therapist, and Mike Misiak at the main office, we are all in alignment on what my treatment plan is going forward. I am so impressed with Start My Wellness, which I found through the program my work started, I am going to be doing a full company presentation to talk about my experience and how SMW really does a great job of taking the stigma out of therapy! Thank you to everyone!
Sydney Maus
Sydney Maus
2022-06-13
I have enjoyed every interaction with Start My Wellness. They are helpful no matter your situation.
Walter Kacher
Walter Kacher
2022-06-12
The best therapy I could have ever imagined. They finally diagnosed me and gave me the help I always needed. I am forever grateful.
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
2022-06-11
I absolutely love the the people here. Was able to get started right away after getting all the paperwork done. Recommend this place to anyone and everyone
jamie cooley
jamie cooley
2022-06-02
I have not been here but I go to the previous employer of Abigail (Platt) Schellhammer… I’m very saddened she is gone. I have seen her last 6 years. She is so professional and personable. I prayed she stayed in family practice in my area. I may just drive to Ferndale🥰Wishing her happiness. Also letting SMW know how lucky they are to have her. I’ve went to her replacement this week and let’s just say she CANNOT be replaced. I left crying after realizing I lost the BEST practitioner I could ask for. UGH!!!! Best of luck to her though she deserve the world.
Dave Shaw
Dave Shaw
2022-05-02
Been a patient by of Abigail (platt)Schellhammer in Lansing.. Going to miss her very much..my first appointment without her and the new Dr I was scheduled with didn’t show up for my 8:20 appt, I left at 9:30.. made new appt for 11:30 with PA and it’s now 12:20 and still waiting😢I told the MA “I never waited for Abigail”. … which is true, the place went to h*** in a hand basket when she left…SMW sooooo lucky to have Ms. Schellhammer...her old patient -Jamie Cooley😢
Emily Lunn
Emily Lunn
2022-06-17
Start My Wellness definitely receives 5 stars. Their staff are incredibly helpful and want you to get the care you need. I did start by seeing Scott, but found him to not be the best fit for me. This can be a potentially uncomfortable situation for someone who already has anxiety on the best of days. Between talking with Laila who I see for medication and WISH I could have her as my actual therapist, and Mike Misiak at the main office, we are all in alignment on what my treatment plan is going forward. I am so impressed with Start My Wellness, which I found through the program my work started, I am going to be doing a full company presentation to talk about my experience and how SMW really does a great job of taking the stigma out of therapy! Thank you to everyone!
Sydney Maus
Sydney Maus
2022-06-13
I have enjoyed every interaction with Start My Wellness. They are helpful no matter your situation.
Walter Kacher
Walter Kacher
2022-06-12
The best therapy I could have ever imagined. They finally diagnosed me and gave me the help I always needed. I am forever grateful.
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
2022-06-11
I absolutely love the the people here. Was able to get started right away after getting all the paperwork done. Recommend this place to anyone and everyone
jamie cooley
jamie cooley
2022-06-02
I have not been here but I go to the previous employer of Abigail (Platt) Schellhammer… I’m very saddened she is gone. I have seen her last 6 years. She is so professional and personable. I prayed she stayed in family practice in my area. I may just drive to Ferndale🥰Wishing her happiness. Also letting SMW know how lucky they are to have her. I’ve went to her replacement this week and let’s just say she CANNOT be replaced. I left crying after realizing I lost the BEST practitioner I could ask for. UGH!!!! Best of luck to her though she deserve the world.
Dave Shaw
Dave Shaw
2022-05-02
Been a patient by of Abigail (platt)Schellhammer in Lansing.. Going to miss her very much..my first appointment without her and the new Dr I was scheduled with didn’t show up for my 8:20 appt, I left at 9:30.. made new appt for 11:30 with PA and it’s now 12:20 and still waiting😢I told the MA “I never waited for Abigail”. … which is true, the place went to h*** in a hand basket when she left…SMW sooooo lucky to have Ms. Schellhammer...her old patient -Jamie Cooley😢