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Rachel M. Petersen, LP,PsyD

  • About
    • Specialties: Psychology
    • Gender: Female
    • Languages: English

    What I Do
    Developing a strong working relationship based on trust and respect is the cornerstone for good therapy. My goal is to help my patients feel comfortable talking about difficult topics to help facilitate healing and to explore appropriate coping skills. I help my patients find treatments that are a good fit for them and based on researched, validated techniques.

    My clinical interests include grief/bereavement, anxiety disorders, depression, long-term management of mental health concerns, and psychological testing.

    Why I Love My Work
    Good mental health is a journey and I feel honored to walk that path with my patients. I love connecting with my patients, hearing about their lived experiences, helping them find the best way to cope with the things that they have struggled with, and live their best lives.

    Getting to Know Me
    Outside of work, I like to read, travel, garden, cook, bake, and spend time with my family. My love for reading led me to study English literature and medieval studies as an undergrad.

    • Training
      University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology
    • College
      Master's Degree, St. Cloud State University, Counselor Education and Educational Psychology-Rehabilitation University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO