Machaela Rausch | Counseling Intern

Individual Counseling | Columbia, Mo

My name is Machaela Rausch, and I'm a counseling intern and the client liaison with
The Counseling Hub.

preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

You should contact me for counseling if you...

  • feel adrift in life; like you're not sure what to do or where to go in life and lack a sense of purpose

  • desire more supportive and healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate partnerships

  • want to figure out if you should stay or go in your current relationship

  • have a difficult relationship with food and want to heal

  • want to develop healthier habits, a healthier lifestyle, or an overall increase in your self-care and self-love

  • struggle with your sexual identity and/or coming out

  • struggle with body image issues, including self-love, body celebration, and self-acceptance

  • feel overwhelmed and are unsure how to handle a big and current situation in your life (i.e. divorce, moving, career, college)

  • have frequent and disruptive feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, frustration

I’m also your point of contact if you…

  • want to schedule a session or have questions about scheduling sessions

  • need to reschedule an existing session (remember - we need 24 hours notice)

  • want to know about Gottman Method Couples Therapy

  • are curious if we work with (insert your specific issue here)

  • need a superbill or have a question about rates or payment

More often than not, folks still feel some sort of shame in reaching out. One of the reasons Tara founded The Counseling Hub was to diminish that sense of shame, to normalize the fact that all people struggle in some way during their lives, and to empower people to grow and heal in their own unique way.

The Counseling Hub is all about connecting, growing, and healing.

Coming into counseling can be difficult enough. It's my privilege to ease that transition and make sure you feel welcomed, supported, safe, and informed as your start this process.

Five Fun Facts About Machaela

1. I'm very passionate about people and human connections.
I have a very caring soul. I'm known to be an independent person, but I value relationships and the impact I can have on others (and that others have on me!). My work experiences have always involved human connections. If we were meant to be alone with no family, friends, or partners, then why would we have so many people in the word? Why would we all be so different? The idea of how one person can complement another person’s personality intrigues me. I believe this is partially due to the fact I grew up as a military child. Every time we moved, which was about every two years, I would get to make new friends. I learned to value the uniqueness of people. Every individual brings something different to the world, and I enjoy getting to know them and what that “something” might be.

2. I'm known as “Mom” but I have no children (unless we count dogs).
My main group of friends call me “Mom.” I have a very nurturing personality, which probably developed from having younger siblings. I want to make sure everyone feels included and I try my best to make sure everyone has whatever they need. I plan holiday parties and gift exchanges. I like to make sure people feel heard and know they are important.

3. I love learning.
Learning is continuous for me. I love reading. I love learning about people and random facts that they have. I love conversations that bring knowledge. I've recently become interested in Ted Talks while doing cardio. If there is a way to know more about something, I want to. I also realize that there are so many parts of the world that I know nothing about.  I hope one day to have the opportunity to travel to other countries so that I can learn through first-hand experience. Currently, I appreciate the world around me and enjoy learning more about local places.

4. I believe physical and mental health correlate.
I believe in eating healthy and fueling my body for success. On the flip side, I am not afraid to down a box of Thin Mints (which I keep stocked around the clock). It's all about balance and what works for you. I believe sleep is so vital to healthy living. When I don't sleep enough (or too much), I feel miserable the next day. If I don't take care of my body, I'm only limiting myself and my own potential.

5. I adore shopping and decorating.
I probably could say this fact about six more times. I love shopping for clothes, food, gifts for others, decorations for my house, my dogs, and pretty much anything else. I find style and fashion trends really interesting. I love decorating. Pinterest is my favorite.  I probably would redecorate my house several times a year if I could afford it. Shopping can become unhealthy and excessive, especially on a college budget, so finding good deals makes it exciting for me.  

If you're ready to move forward with scheduling with The Counseling Hub, then email us today. I'm more than happy to help you decide if this is right for you.

Machaela’s Education and Training

Machaela is a Counseling Intern for The Counseling Hub, where she does individual counseling, and is also the practice’s Client Liaison, a role through which she assists people with getting questions answered and finding the right clinician. She is currently earning her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling at Central Methodist University. She completed her undergraduate studies locally, at the University of Missouri - Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and a minor in Multicultural Studies. Machaela’s previous counseling experience was with the Clinical Counseling Center at MACC’s Columbia Campus, where she provided counseling services for college-age students around the topics of identity crises, sexual identity issues, school-related stressors, depression and related issues, anxiety, and body-image issues. She’s attended conferences focused on the LGBTQ+ community. And she currently works for a non-profit organization where she provides Applied Behavior Analysis Implementing to individuals with developmental delays (which she’s done for the past three years). Machaela is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Machaela enjoys working with diverse populations and aims to always be open to new learning experiences. She seeks to be a comforting and kind individual for the first contact with The Counseling Hub. Machaela understands the process of getting into therapy can be difficult and aims to provide people with a smooth process.