Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist


By Rachel Awes on August 13, 2020

I’m thankful for peeks of fall weather, and for what comes with it: the layering of clothes (ADORING the newest collection from Gudrun Sjoden!) refreshing air, leaves giving a colorful performance, and still much is green.

With love to you, this half of August XOX, Rachel

New walls painted green, green.

By Rachel Awes on August 5, 2020

Green, Green is My Sister’s House by Mary Oliver

Don’t you dare climb that tree or even try, they said, or you will be sent way to the hospital of the very foolish, if not the other one. And I suppose, considering my age, it was fair advice.

But the tree is a sister to me, she lives alone in a green cottage high in the air and I know what would happen, she’d clap her green hands, she’d shake her green hair, she’d welcome me. Truly.

I try to be good but sometimes a person just has to break out and act like the wild and springy thing one used to be. It’s impossible not to remember wild and not want to go back. So

if someday you can’t find me you might look into that tree or– of course it’s possible– under it.

All the layers

By Rachel Awes on August 4, 2020

Sending out colorful support this summer from all of the layers of me to all of the layers of you! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

(& I’m LOVING Gudrun Sjödén’s newest blue-ist Autumn boots!!)

The last word

By Rachel Awes on July 23, 2020

Turns out our neighbor’s tree was hollow and a humongous branch fell into our backyard (we are all well.) It was super unsettling but what falls does not have the last word. This rainbow does. Light has the last word and hope has the last word and so does everything beautiful.

More to come soon! All with love xox, Rachel

New art & online shop open just for the week!

By Rachel Awes on May 3, 2020

Affirming words for your clothing and dear life! This new art is available now in my temporarily re-opened online store just for the week at http://rachelawes.etsy.com! All with love, Rachel xox


By Rachel Awes on April 10, 2020

I find myself dearly grateful to be able to still meet with my beloved therapy clients online. I emphasized with one of them today the importance of matching the intensity of our self-care with the intensity of our stress. This pandemic is a time to be bold with finding ways we can connect to loved ones and ways we can tend to our internal lives. Everything is difficult and everything is possible.

Shared with love and thankful for being alongside one another, xox rachel

Colors & Kindness

By Rachel Awes on March 22, 2020

I’m thankful for a heaping spoonful of Gudrun Sjoden’s colorful spring medicine

& thankful for Brene Brown’s kind wisdom! All shared with love for you. xox


By Rachel Awes on March 19, 2020

Spring love to our world XOX

May all be well

By Rachel Awes on March 15, 2020

May all be well, beloveds XOX


By Rachel Awes on February 24, 2020

“No one listens, they tell me, and so I listen…and I tell them what they have just told me, and I sit in silence, listening to them, letting them grieve. ‘Julian, you are wise,’ they say, ‘You have been gifted with understanding.’ All I did was listen. For I believe full surely that God’s spirit is in us all.”
From my book “all i did was listen”‘s initial quote by Julian of Norwich and photo from my therapy room.

All with love xox