Specializes in the following:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Substance Use Disorders
Rachael Palecek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the mental health and
substance use disorder field since 2011. Rachael has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human
Development from UW-Green Bay, as well as a Masters of Clinical Social Work from University of St.
Thomas/St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul.
Rachael has nearly 10 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with mental health and/or
substance use disorders in medical settings. She, also, has experience working with children in a day
treatment setting, case management, crisis management, and emergency department. Rachael enjoys
working with children, teens, and adults.
Rachael values the importance of therapeutic relationship and making a connection to meet people
where they are at in the therapeutic process. She has a non-judgemental and compassionate attitude.
Rachael is an active listener and works on effective communication. She is not afraid to use humor,
when appropriate. Rachael is interested in hearing people’s stories and working on goals to manage the
challenges they are experiencing.
Rachael enjoys working with people living with depression, anxiety, bipolar, post traumatic stress
disorder, medical conditions, and other life stressors. She has training and experience in Dialectical
Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness. Rachael also has
extensive education in substance use disorders.
School-based mental health services allow a child to receive much needed services regularly without the inconvenience of scheduling around after school activities or parents having to take time off work.
As a parent having the School Based Mental Health available has been very helpful with my child. The process has gone smoothly from the initial contact to being able to choose a therapist that may work best with my child to the therapist working directly with my child. This is also helpful that they are able to come directly to my child at the school so that they are missing less school and I as a parent need to miss less work as well. Overall the whole experience has been a positive one for both myself and my child.
We have more kids than ever receiving care and it is largely because of your work with families and your follow-through! I really appreciate having the Mental Health Navigator position because so many more of our students are receiving therapy.
As a therapist, having the School Based Mental Health available for students is very important in many aspects. School is an area where children spend a great amount of their time and the schools are able to work with the therapists to help in any areas that they may be struggling in. The schools have all been very open with working with me as a therapist and the children are able to still get services that are needed for either home or school issues without having to miss more time at school since the therapy is able to be done right at the school settings. Being able to provide this service for families is a great asset for everyone involved.
You would go to the doctor for a rash, this is just another part of your body that needs to be taken care of.
Cardinal Care takes the frustration out of making the initial connection with a mental health therapist and allows for services to occur in both the office setting or, if appropriate, the school setting.