Words Matter: Language and Trauma-Informed Care with Rachel Archambault

Words Matter: Language and Trauma-Informed Care with Rachel Archambault

In this episode of Private Practice Success Stories, I’m sharing something a little different. I sat down with Rachel Archambault, who is a speech-language pathologist and trauma educator. 

She started her Instagram account and consulting practice, The PTSD SLP, after experiencing a traumatic event at work. This experience led Rachel to discover trauma-informed care and how it could help her better serve her students and professionals understand how

In this episode, she talks about what trauma-informed care is, why it matters, and how to apply the principles to your interactions.

This isn’t a private practice-specific episode but it’s information that all private practitioners need – even if you don’t think you need to know it. I promise. This episode is well worth your time because it will inform how you practice and how to interact with not just clients, but everyone you know. 

Rachel Archambault, MA CCC SLP, is an SLP Program Specialist in Broward County Florida. Previously, she was an SLP at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. On 2/14/18, a traumatic event happened at her workplace. This led her to look up resources for her students who had undergone trauma. 

She found trauma-informed care and has been presenting to SLPs and related fields ever since. Rachel created @PTSD.SLP to serve as a place where she could post resources, answer questions, and support SLPs using trauma-informed care. Rachel is also a cohost of the Speech Science Podcast. 

She recently created PTSD SLP, LLC to provide trauma-informed consultations and presentations to educators and healthcare providers.  


In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:


  • The tragedy that got Rachel into trauma-informed care 
  • The first steps if you want to become more trauma-informed
  • Why it’s important that we understand the trauma people have experienced
  • How to find out what trauma someone has experienced in a sensitive way 
  • Using inclusive and non-violent language to avoid causing more harm 
  • The importance of having an emotional regulation toolbox


I hope you enjoyed this conversation with Rachel. People like her are making a huge impact and I hope that she inspires you to embrace trauma-informed care in your practice. To learn more about trauma-informed care and Rachel Archambault’s work, please visit https://www.ptsdslp.com/ and follow her on Instagram. 

Whether you want to start a private practice or grow your existing private practice, I can help you get the freedom, flexibility, fulfillment, and financial abundance that you deserve. Visit my website www.independentclinician.com to learn more.


Resources Mentioned: 

Visit the PTSD SLP website: https://www.ptsdslp.com/

Follow Rachel on Instagram: Instagram.com/ptsd.SLP

Get a copy of What Happened to You: https://www.amazon.com/What-Happened-You-Understanding-Resilience/dp/1250223180


Where We Can Connect: 

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