Rachel Eanes, MA, Resident in Counseling
As a child, I grew up in a Christian family with infant foster brothers and sisters and later two children were adopted into my family. From the earliest moments of my memory, it was apparent how important childhood, family, and faith were in shaping our lives and our stories.
The seeds of my career already planted in childhood, they began to take root in a professional capacity around 2001, as I studied social work and began working as a foster care intern, providing case management and other supportive services to children removed by court order from their biological families. Since then I have worked in numerous capacities, including helping children integrate past experiences as they prepared for adoption, supporting families experiencing the issues related to working with children with various challenges, interning with a child trauma counseling program, and helping facilitate positive changes in elementary-aged students with behavioral and emotional needs.
I have lived in the Shenandoah Valley since 2013 and received my M.A. in Counseling program from Eastern Mennonite University in 2017. My real heart is to work with women and children, around the issues of grief and loss, trauma, and emotional healing as they experience redemption, wholeness, and transformation in their lives.
I have been through situations in my life that were unexpected and difficult, including the complete loss of my faith in God for a time and experiencing the ending of my marriage. Since that time, I have learned firsthand the process of allowing God to rebuild my life and remind me of who I am in Christ. The pain that life can yield, however, can allow us to minister to others, and I believe that God brings great things from the ashes and redeems our losses for His glory.