Joshua Tree Counselors

Rachel Lohrman, MPC, LAC

Rachel Lohrman, LPC Trauma Therapist Joshua Tree Counseling Tucson, AZ

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In Crisis? Call
(520) 622-6000
(800) 495-6735

Suicidal? Call
(800) 273-8255

Rachel Lohrman is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is the founder of Joshua Tree Counseling and a Tucson trauma therapist. She is passionate about helping adults heal from complex trauma. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

How Rachel Can Help You

Are you struggling with a painful past? Is your trauma catching up to you in ways that are making life distressing, overwhelming, or unlivable? You may want to consider trauma therapy with a therapist skilled to treat complex trauma, dissociation, and suicidality.

Rachel's Approach

Rachel helps clients move from the pain of the past to hope and healing for the future. You’ll find her to be warm, validating, and encouraging yet direct enough that therapy is challenging when it needs to be.

She takes a holistic and integrative approach to healing, working with the mind, body, and emotions. She is trained in EMDR and other trauma models. Her approach to therapy has been most influenced by Colin Ross, MD; Sandra Paulsen, PhD; and Francine Shapiro, PhD.

You can reach out to Rachel using the links provided or send her a message.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Client Focus

Adults 18+

Fees/Insurance

$110/hr
Does not accept insurance
Will provide a superbill

Specialty Areas

Trauma
Complex Trauma
PTSD/C-PTSD
Dissociation
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Childhood Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Emotional Abuse
Borderline Personality Disorder
Spiritual Wounding

Treatment Approaches

EMDR (Shapiro)
Trauma Model Therapy (Ross)
N.E.S.T. (Paulsen)
DNMS (Schmidt)
(CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(SFBT) Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Somatic-Focused
Attachment-Based

Credentials
AZ License LPC-20943
National Certified Counselor
Approved Clinical Supervisor
EMDR Trained
MS, Professional Counseling
BA, Psychology

Waiting List


Trauma therapy is more like an archeological excavation than digging for treasure. Soft brushes, time and layers are needed, not a shovel, haste and brute force. -- Rachel Lohrman

Trauma & PTSD

If you’ve had a traumatic experience or have been diagnosed with PTSD, you might find yourself avoiding reminders of the experience, not sleeping or having nightmares, or reliving moments you wish you could just forget.

These experiences have a way of getting locked into our nervous system and encoded with all the raw data from the moment the incident occurred. Trauma therapy is learning to remember with less pain so you can chose your responses rather than being held captive by flashbacks and body triggers.

EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a trauma therapy that helps connect negative memories stored in a raw, fragmentated state with positive or more adaptive bits of knowledge or memory.

It’s a unique trauma therapy because it doesn’t require you to talk your experience to death or share intimate details. Processing your painful experiences using EMDR means you can make sense of what happened to you and finally consider it a memory rather than a traumatic experience.

Anxiety

Anxiety is as common as it is unique to the individual. Anxiety is felt in our bodies and experienced as thoughts in our minds. Sometimes we know our triggers, often we do not. I can help you learn to sooth your nervous system so anxiety doesn’t control you life, relationships, and decisions.

Dissociation & DID

I am trained and experienced in the treatment of dissociate disorders including Dissociative Identity Disorder. Healing from DID takes time and commitment but it IS possible. Derealization, depersonalization, Borderline Personality Disorder, and even PTSD are on the dissociative continuum. Odds are, if you have experience trauma, especially complex trauma, you have used dissociation as a skill to cope and survive. Now, as an adult, those same skills may have become a hinderance and you may be striving for move control. I can help you figure out where you are on the dissociative continuum and adjust down to a spot that feels more comfortable and gives you the best chance as living the life you want to live.

Christian Counseling

I am a Christian and offer counseling from a Christian perspective and worldview IF this is YOUR preference. As a licensed counselor, these beliefs and values are not something I am permitted to impose of you so you have to open the door.

I have found that many clients have been wounded by faith, Christians, or the Church and they would rather not integrate faith into counseling but rather find comfort that I know the Christian faith. Other times, clients seek me out specifically because they want counseling from a Biblical perspective and like for prayer, Scripture, and a Christian worldview woven into therapy. What’s important for you to know is that no matter where you find yourself on a faith journey, I’ll meet you where you’re at and provide professional, compassionate counseling in line with your preferences. If faith is of no importance to you, that’s okay too, I work with clients from all walks of life with a variety of belief systems.

Childhood Abuse

A common belief that develops from childhood abuse is that you don’t matter, that you’re worthless. This was likely learned before you even have narrative memory. It could be encoded in your body which means when you’re triggered you may not even know why.

But it’s not true, it just what you learned to believe in order to survive. You may have learned that your needs don’t matter. I want you to know that you DO matter. Trauma therapy is not about increasing self-esteem, it about decreasing your self-hatred.

Suicidal Ideation

No one likes to talk about having suicidal thoughts or ideas. The reality is that many people struggle with this in silence or talk about it and are told they are attention-seeking. I see suicidal ideation as a cry of pain, one that tells me just how deeply you are wounded. My office is a space space to explore what is underlying thoughts about suicide. I have experience helping clients move from hopeless to to stability and healing.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is devastating and particularly because the wounds are visible like welts or bruises yet this type of abuse leaves us scarred nonetheless. Emotional abuse can occur from parents, other caregivers, partners, spouses, and adult children towards their parents or parents towards adult children. If you feel wounded in the context of a relationship with another, I want to share in your pain and help you make sense of the messages that feel true and guide you through the process of rewriting them if you choose.

On a More Personal Note

I am a Christian living out my life in response to God’s gift of salvation given through grace and His calling upon my life to help those who feel hopeless.

I have horses and big dogs (Henry is my favorite); I love to read and learn; I’m an Enneagram 5w4; Jane Eyre is my favorite novel; I love being an auntie (tRach) to my nieces and nephews; and I enjoy cozy spaces. Tucson has and will always be my home; I married my husband in 2004 and we raised children whom we adopted from foster care.

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