Therapist Info

Rachel Sullivan is the founder and Marriage and Family Therapist at Solid Ground Counseling Center.

Rachel is a married mom of four, local to the Madison, AL area. An Army veteran, Rachel has a strong desire to change the negative stigma surrounding, and improve accessibility to, mental health care in her community. She possesses a passion for pouring hope and life back into people and approaches her counseling practice with the same enthusiasm.

Rachel obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and has a background in assisting and strengthening family systems. As an undergraduate she studied Child and Family Development and Psychology.  It was then that she fell in love with working with families. She completed her graduate internship here in Madison, AL at Inside-Out Ministries. Along with her time at Inside-Out she has worked as a peer counselor in a community pregnancy center, with children in both private practice and school settings, and nurtures relationships as a certified Facilitator of the globally recognized PREPARE/ENRICH relationship tool.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Rachel’s scope of practice includes working with individuals of all ages, couples, families with a variety of concerns including: anxiety, depression, coping & life skills, premarital counseling, marriage strengthening, trauma recovery, and family transitions. Marriage and Family Therapists are an elite group of mental health professionals who have a systemic perspective on wellness.

Additionally, Rachel is a Certified Family Life Educator – Provisional (CFLE-P). Building on her love for working with families, this professional accomplishment affords her the opportunity to provide even more beneficial assistance to family units. Family Life Education is the practice of equipping and empowering family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance well-being and strengthen interpersonal relationships through an educational, preventive, and strengths-based approach.

Education

• Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, AZ)
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2018
• American Military University (Charlestown, WV)
B.A. in Child & Family Development, Minor in Psychology, 2012, with Honors

Alabama MFTA License # 215                                                                                           CFLE-P certificate # 1169310

If you feel that Rachel may be a good fit for your therapy needs, you can schedule an intake session by calling 256-503-8586. Interested in the therapy types used at Solid Ground? Follow this link.

Hannah Ruggles has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Alabama, where she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Hannah primarily works with individuals, families, adolescents, and children, but also has two years of experience working with couples. She interned for two years at the Capstone Family Therapy Clinic where she worked with all ages and family types and at the Sprayberry Center where she worked with adolescents. In the past year, she has performed behavioral counseling within the Arab City School System for youth in the primary, elementary, and high schools. Hannah has experience working with all ages in the areas including anxiety, depression, child behavioral issues, social skills, low self-esteem, relationship and family issues, family transitions, and parenting. Hannah holds Alabama MFTA license #230.

You can reach Hannah via email at hannahruggles@solidgroundmadison.com or by phone at 256-202-4890.