Rachel Astarte holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She received a diploma in Mind-Body Wellness from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, where she also received her certifications in Transformational Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy. She studied Theater and Acting at Loughborough University (UK) and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She has also received shamanic training from The Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

If your life were a novel, what would be the title?
A Foot in Both Worlds
Where were you born?
Dekalb, Illinois
Where is the place you call home?
Nyack, New York
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
a writer and an actor
What is your profession?
Psychotherapist, Author, Educator
What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
What is your favorite quote?
Currently, this one has a lot of relevance. “The truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too intense.” —W. H. Auden
What is your preferred form of creative expression?
What is your favorite movie, song, and work of art?
Movie: Annie Hall; Song: Mozart’s Requiem (That’s not a song! I know. I can’t choose just one.); Work of Art: La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli
Who do you admire most?
Most immediately, my spiritual advisor.
Over the course of your life, what is an issue with which you have repeatedly struggled?
Trusting my own power/spiritual strength/intelligence
In childhood, who was your celebrity crush?
What historical figure would you most like to meet?
What natural gift or ability would you most like to possess?
Being able to talk about deep things in a simple way and be understood
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
GIving birth to my son (at home), raising him
What quality do you admire most in a person?
Emotional intelligence
What is something you would like to learn about?
Psychedelics as a tool for healing and checking in on the home dimension
What do you wish more people knew about you?
I’m a comedy connoisseur
What is your idea of success?
To have moved gracefully toward my death
What would you like people to say about you when you’re gone?
Nothing. Maybe smile a bit. I’d rather evoke a good feeling than a good word.


Along with a professional life in the arts as a writer and performer, Rachel has been an adjunct professor of writing at a number of East Coast colleges including Philadelphia University, Bucks County Community College, and Emerson College. She is currently a member of the online faculty at Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts.

She is an author of both fiction and non-fiction books, all of which promote individual healing and wellness. She was also a nominee for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and was the 1996 Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.