Rachel Love, Ph.D.

My Approach

My approach to working with children and their families is play-based and rooted in meeting children and their families where they are developmentally.

I also come from an attachment background which means I focus on the child in the context of the family and not on the child as an individual.

I am here to guide and support the family as they navigate difficult times and develop new routines and patterns.

In addition, I find that bringing yoga and mindfulness into my therapy work with kids and families is a huge benefit.  Helping everyone learn how to slow down and find their center is the goal I have for all of my families.

About Me

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I graduated in 2004 with a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans.  During this time I was part of research team interested in psychopathology in children and the development of relational aggression.  I was also part of a clinical/research team at Tulane called the Jefferson Parish Infant Team.  As part of this team, I worked with children under the age of 5 and their families (foster and biological) that were involved with child protective services.

During graduate school, I also began taking yoga classes and fell in love with being on the mat.  Learning how to remain present through basic yoga poses and sequences can be a helpful skill for any child or adult.  My desire to share these skills with kids and families led me to get training to teach yoga to children.

I came to State College in 2004 and worked with Early Intervention and Keystone Family Based.  In 2005, I started my post-doctorate training at MidStep.  During this time, I got to meet and become a part of the State College Community as well as develop my practice as a child and family psychologist.

I have a wide variety of interests and experiences working with children, adolescents and families, with over 10 years serving families within the Centre County community. I offer office-based and school-based appointments.

My areas of clinical interest include:

  • Infant Mental Health
  • Maternal Mental Health, including Pre-Natal and Post Partum Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Concerns in School
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Parent/Child Dyadic Coaching
  • Children and adolescents with experience in the child welfare and foster care systems
  • Foster/adoptive families

I take several insurance companies including:

  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Medical Assistance
  • UPMC
  • Aetna
  • MHNet (HealthAmerica)
  • Capital Blue Cross (PPO only)
  • Tricare (as a non-certified provider)

You can reach me at RFLove@takingflightcenter.com