Trauma Therapy in Tucson

You’ve likely landed on this page to learn more about trauma therapy. Before we get into trauma therapy, let’s dig into the meaning of the word trauma. From it’s Greek, 17th century origins, the word trauma means wound. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that the word was applied to the psychological realm. Today, the word trauma is a buzz word, widely used and variably defined. The dictionary defines trauma in simple terms: a deeply distressing or disturbing experience

There are several types of trauma including acute, chronic, complex, and secondary. Acute trauma describes the experience following a one-time event. The distress that occurs as the result of acute trauma is of short duration. Chronic trauma captures the effects of prolonged or repeated harmful events. Complex trauma is similar to chronic trauma but develops when traumatic events are experienced repeatedly and escape was not an option. Secondary trauma (or vicarious trauma) is the experience of repeatedly bearing witness to the traumatic experiences of others, which can lead to compassion fatigue.  >> Read the full article from Psychology Today)

Acute trauma may resolve naturally with time, self-care, and social/relationship support. Chronic and complex trauma are usually best resolved through counseling, lifestyle changes, and, for some, through spiritual healing. Trauma therapy is a focused type of counseling, the equivalent of being referred to a specialist by your primary care physician. Life coaching is a helpful model to address secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. 

Types of Trauma

Trauma can occur at any point in time from childhood to nursing homes:

  • Childhood Abuse –  sexual, physical, emotional, psychological, verbal
  • Neglect
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Bullying
  • Torture
  • Serious Accident – car, fire
  • Sexual Assault
  • Physical Injury
  • Medical Trauma
  • War/Deployment
  • Line of Duty Incidents
  • Community Violence
  • System Induced – removal and foster care placements
  • Natural Disaster
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Violence
  • Physical assault
  • Home Invasion
  • Fire
  • Sudden death of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Raised by a mentally ill parent
  • Attachment Wounds – adoption, early separation, neglect/abuse by caregiver
  • Spiritual/Religious Abuse

Indicators, Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Symptoms of trauma can be cognitive, behavioral, physical, and psychological:

  • Hypervigilance 
  • Elevated startle response
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Irritability 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anger/rage
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Avoidance of triggers
  • Chunks of missing memories
  • Emotional numbness
  • Dissociation
  • Guilt/shame
  • Substance Abuse
  • Risky Behaviors – sex, stealing, road rage
  • Aches/Pains
  • Gastric issues 
  • Isolation/withdrawal
  • Confusion
  • Mood swings
  • Inattention/Absent-mindedness
  • Problems at work or in relationships

After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment.”

What to Expect at Joshua Tree

At Joshua Tree, we believe there is healing and freedom from the bonds of trauma. Our trauma therapy specialist are trained in a variety of trauma models and integrate these into a unique blend based on your trauma history and desired outcome of trauma therapy. The Joshua Tree office was created with the trauma therapy client in mind – it is cozy and comfortable with soft music playing overhead; the pleasant scent of pure essential oils; natural light in every office; a recovery cove to retreat to after a difficult session so you can regroup before you leave; and comfortable furniture with unique décor, and endless pillows and blankets. 

Trauma Models Commonly Used at Joshua Tree

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR)

Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) 

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Sensorimotor Therapy 

Neuroaffective Embodied Self-system Therapy (NEST)

Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)

Attachment Theory

Somatic Psychology

If you’re struggling with trauma, we want to help. Due to the demand for trauma therapy in Tucson, it’s not uncommon for our trauma specialists to have client waitlists. We encourage you to add yourself to the waitlist since things shift and change all the time on our counselor’s schedules. It is likely you’ll be able to get in sooner than you think, especially when you are persistent about checking in with us. If you’re willing and able to take cancellation spots, it’s really not that hard to get in, and then once you’re in you’re prioritized for a regular spot. Read more about our waitlist. 

Trauma Therapists at Joshua Tree

Trauma Therapist, Licensed

Not Accepting New Clients
Individuals 25+
In Person Only

Licensed, AZ LPC-20943
Approved Clinical Supervisor
National Certified Counselor

Primary Focus
Complex Trauma
Sexual Abuse
Dissociative Disorders

Rachel is the founder/CEO of Joshua Tree Counseling and a licensed professional counselor who specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation; PTSD and DID; Borderline Personality Disorder; suicidality; childhood abuse (verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and cult abuse); and spiritual wounding. She works with clients to develop tools and strategies to use in the here and now while also helping clients to better understand and untangle those early messages from childhood holding them hostage. Rachel is EMDR trained and IFS informed and uses an integrative mind-body approach. When faith and Christian values are important to the client, Rachel weaves this into the counseling experience. Rachel provides relational safety, deep attuned connection, and authenticity for her clients. >> Learn More About Rachel 

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Christian Trauma Therapist, Licensed

Accepting Waitlist Clients
Individuals 18+

Licensed, AZ LCSW-12847
Approved Clinical Supervisor

Primary Focus
Complex Trauma
Childhood Abuse

Shari Kirschner is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience. She works with clients toward hope and healing from trauma and abuse. She is EMDR trained and uses an integrative approach based on the client’s unique needs and goals. As a Christian, Shari is devoted to helping other believers make sense of mental health from a spiritual and Biblical perspective. If faith is not important to you in the counseling experience, Shari offers the same safe and validating relationship which we you can explore psychological distress and learn new coping strategies. Shari treats trauma, depression, anxiety, dissociation, disordered eating, and bullying experiences/relationships. >> Learn More About Shari 

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Christian Trauma Therapist, Licensed

Accepting Waitlist Clients
Individuals 18+, Women
In Person Only

Licensed, AZ LAC-18628
Under Clinical Supervision

Primary Focus
Complex Trauma
Dissociative Disorders
Sexual Abuse
Postpartum Issues

Natalie Bowman is a licensed associate counselor trained in EMDR. She works with complex trauma and dissociative disorders and childhood abuse. She specializes in helping women and young moms with anxiety/depression, postpartum depression, trauma, and healthy boundaries. As a Christian, Natalie is comfortable integrating faith and Biblical principles into the counseling experience when requested by her clients. Her approach is genuine, nonjudgmental, and bold, yet comforting. She is under the clinical supervision of Rachel Lohrman, LPC. >> Learn More About Natalie 

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Christian Counselor, Pastoral

Accepting Waitlist Clients
Individuals 18+
In Person & Telehealth 

Board Certified Pastoral Counselor
Ordained Chaplain

Primary Focus
Sexual Brokenness
Sexual Abuse
Identity and Spiritual Formation

Tammy is a board certified pastoral counselor and ordained chaplain who specializes in Biblical counseling with adults – men, women, young professionals, pastor/ministry leaders, and adult children of pastors. As a trauma-informed soul care provider, Tammy works with individuals towards healing from trauma, sexual abuse, sexual brokenness, spiritual wounding and general mental health concerns. She approaches counseling from a Biblical worldview and faith-based perspective and enjoys working with believers toward their God-given potential. Tammy has been trained by the Allender Center and also uses Neuro Affective Relational Model, and narrative coaching. >> Learn More About Tammy 

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