Rafia Rebeck, MEd, MA, LPC

Welcome to Joyful Balance Counseling.  My approach to therapy is gentle, perceptive, and honest.  Utilizing the basic principles of contemporary neuroscience and traditional mindfulness, I strive to cultivate a therapeutic environment that is ripe for transformation, health, and joy. Clients report that they appreciate my warmth, authenticity, and the sense of safety that I create.   I enjoy supporting my clients in exploring core beliefs that have been limiting their freedom.

As a practitioner, I value all avenues of experience ~ thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, memories, images, and dreams ~ as valid pathways into the inner world.  All of you is welcome here.

I deeply value the role of the therapeutic relationship in unlocking the mysteries of our deepest experiences and in supporting profound transformation. As someone who holds space for others in this way, I am committed to my own ongoing development and engaged self-awareness. I engage in ongoing practices that help me develop and refine my capacity for mindfulness, which in turn invites positive change in my clients.

I sincerely look forward to meeting you.  Please feel welcome to contact me with any questions you might have.  And in the meantime, here’s a video of a talk I gave on the role of mindfulness in therapy.

Rafia Rebeck On Your Knees


Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology  ~ University of Colorado  ~  Denver, CO

Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy, 2-Year Training ~  Hakomi Institute  ~  Boulder, CO

Master of Education, Waldorf Teacher certification  ~ Antioch University  ~  Keene, NH

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy  ~ St. Mary’s College of Maryland  ~  St. Mary’s City, MD

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Wali is a gentle, sweet Boston Terrier who offers his support through animal-assisted therapy.  Animals lend an extraordinary presence to the therapy process, and while their unique gifts vary, animals are wonderful teachers.  Whether by interacting with a client or filling the room with his loving presence, Wali helps to build the field of unconditional positive regard.  At the heart of all good therapy is kindness and presence, and Wali embodies these qualities.  For clients who love dogs, Wali is a warm blanket across their laps, welcoming the totality of their experience.  For those who are less fond of dogs, he offers moments of comic relief and sweetness (and respect for boundaries).

“Wali” is an Arabic word that invokes the divine quality of friendship, and Wali is a true embodiment of friendship.

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For more information about Joyful Balance Counseling, please contact Rafia Rebeck, MEd, MA, LPC