Dr. Rachel Needle (www.drrachel.com) received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received graduated Cum Laude with her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida (www.cmshsf.com). She is also the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center (www.wholehealthpsych.com) a comprehensive psychological practice with therapists with a broad range of specialty areas. Dr. Needle has been a clinical consultant for centers specializing in treatment for substance use disorder since 2006. She is currently the Clinical Director at Seacrest Recovery Center, and the Director of Health Information and Substance Abuse Expert for Freedom from Addiction (www.freedomfromaddiction.com).
Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, in the Masters in Forensic Psychology, and in the Doctorate in Criminal Justice programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, which provides continuing education to Florida mental health professionals and Psychologists (www.advancedmentalhealthtrainings.com), as well as Psychologists and sex therapists around the world (www.modernsextherapyinstitutes.com).
Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, trauma, and alcohol and substance abuse including the impact of substance abuse on relationships and the family. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences. She has been quoted in a number of newspapers and popular magazines such as Details, Glamour, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, and Shape, and has written several articles for Glamour Magazine’s online Blog: Smitten.
Dr. Needle has specialized training in the area of substance abuse. She is a professional consultant to facilities specializing in treatment of substance use disorders and assists them in expanding and enhancing clinical programming. Dr. Needle also does expert trainings for staff members at residential and outpatient facilities that specialize in alcohol and substance abuse.
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