In Loving Memory of Rachel Jayne Shay, LPCC-S

Mother of Riley Jayne Shay, wife to Dan Shay, sister to Marianne North, daughter to John and Rebecca Everhart, counselor to many, cousin, niece, aunt, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and friend to even more.

Rachel, 48 years old, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, in her home with her loving husband by her side. She was born in Springfield on March 4, 1974, and was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church. 

Rachel was a co-owner of Positive Perspectives Counseling Center for over a decade. Her true calling and devotion was helping people of all ages. She found joy in her counseling work and had a 25-year career that included becoming an expert in TF-CBT, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and families. She was known for her skills with panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder and many other anxiety problems. She also achieved Level III Certification with’s training program during the year she received chemotherapy and met the challenge of the Pandemic with great dedication to her clients. Rachel felt that healing in counseling was a result of the interaction between herself and her clients, and she loved the push-pull of the therapeutic process. Her special combination of gentle following and leading were much appreciated by the families and clients with whom she worked.

Rachel’s genuine enthusiasm, sense of humor, and intelligence were highlights for all who knew her. She was an indispensable aid and beloved friend to her business partner. She embodied a “can do” attitude in her clinical encounters as well as in her life. She was a deep thinker and a great strategist.

Rachel also enjoyed running, working out, and attending her daughter’s sporting events. She loved college football, especially Ohio State and Notre Dame, and fall was her favorite season.

She was a courageous warrior in her two-year fight against breast cancer. Her laugh was infectious. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.


  1. John K. writes:

    I cannot begin to express how much Rachel helped me. I was at the lowest point in my life, dealing with grief from the death of my father to lung cancer. I was on the verge of losing everything to my personal demons. Rachel became my lifeline. She genuinely cared about me and helped me tremendously. Although our work was not finished, I am so much better off thanks to her hard work. It was a privilege to have her as my counselor and I will never forget Rachel.

  2. Mike writes:

    It was a blessing to know her. God Bless!

  3. Kim K. writes:

    I didn’t have many interactions with Rachel, but the few I had were memorable and filled with laughter. Mostly I am aware of how much others loved her and will miss her terribly and how the reason she would cite for not being able to make our group dinners was because she didn’t want to miss her daughter’s games and events. Her devotion to her daughter and family was evident to all who knew her.

  4. Alayna D. writes:

    Rachel was not only my counselor for almost four years but someone I considered very close to me. Words cannot describe the impact she had on my life. I enjoyed seeing her every single week and I can not thank her enough for everything she helped me through. She was one of the funniest, most loyal, caring people I will have ever gotten the chance to know. Rest in peace Rachel. We all love you so much.

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