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Rachel Eshel, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Welcome to my practice. As a clinical psychologist and specialist in reproductive mental health, I am passionate about supporting people during their fertility journeys. As part of the Atlantic Reproductive community of providers, I would be honored to help you along your journey.

I am on-site at Atlantic Reproductive two days a week, and my private practice, based in Durham, is on days that I am not at Atlantic Reproductive.

Some patients come to me for time-limited sessions focused on decision-making in the fertility process. Others seek ongoing therapy focused on emotional support and building hope in the context of grief and loss, anxiety, and sadness. I also provide consultations and evaluations related to third-party reproduction (the use of an egg/sperm/embryo donor or gestational carrier).

Rachel Eshel, PsyD

To learn more and schedule an appointment, email Rachel directly at

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My interpersonal style is open and warm. You can expect me to be empathic, compassionate, an excellent listener, and a professional who is committed to building a connection with you. I am sensitive to issues related to trauma, disability, culture, family values, immigration, and non-traditional forms of family building, and welcome all to my practice.

I am a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group and Postpartum Support International. I received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a doctorate of psychology from Pace University. I completed my pre-doctoral psychology internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles / University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and my post-doctoral psychology fellowship at Westchester Institute for Human Development in New York.

I have previously worked in hospitals, outpatient settings, academic medical centers, schools, private group practice, foster care, community-based settings, and in the not-for-profit public health sector, building expertise in reproductive mental health, perinatal mental health, child and adolescent psychology, including early childhood and parenting.

I look forward to meeting you.

Steps to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rachel Eshel, psychologist: Dr. Rachel Eshel, PsyD

1. Check your benefits:

    • Dr. Eshel is in-network with Lyra Health; check with your or your partner’s HR/ benefits team or at this link to see whether you have coverage through Lyra.
    • Dr. Eshel is out-of-network with other health insurance companies; call your plan manager to determine your coverage for out-of-network mental health benefits.
  1. Schedule:
    • Email Dr. Eshel at to schedule an appointment.
  2. Complete intake forms:
    • Dr. Eshel will send you the forms to complete via her medical records system.
  3. Meet with Dr. Eshel:
    • Appointments are available in person at Atlantic Reproductive Medicine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and via telehealth on most weekdays.
  4. Submit superbills:
    • If you do not have Lyra, you can submit superbills (coded receipts) directly to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance plan manager to determine the process for submitting superbills.