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Rachel Lohrman, LPC, NCC

Hi! I’m Rachel Lohrman and I’m a Christian clinical supervisor in Tucson, Arizona. I am independently licensed by the AZBBHE as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-20943). I am also certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors as a National Certified Cousnelor (NCC). I have been trained in the use of EMDR by EMDRIA.

I am the founder and owner of Joshua Tree Counseling and I’m a trauma therapist. My specialty is in helping adults heal from complex trauma and dissociation. I focus my training and continuing education in this domain and hope to train up the next generation of counselors to competently treat trauma and dissociation.

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I am a Christian clinical supervisor in Tucson who specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation, I would love to come alongside you on your journey as an associate counselor, and to help you develop a solid foundation as a trauma therapist.

When you encounter complex trauma, it’s inevitable that you will encounter dissociation. Dissociation is not obvious to most clinicians, unless you know specifically what to look and listen for. I stumbled into dissociative disorders during my counseling internship while at Renewal Centers; I had a caseload of less than 25, 2 of whom I later diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and 1 with Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (that’s roughly 12% of my caseload with a severe form of dissociation). Dissociative disorders go unrecognized and undiagnosed by therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists because most are only trained to look for and treat the symptoms (panic, anxiety, mood fluctuation, relationship instability, suicidality, and depression) and fail to see that the root is untreated dissociation born out of abuse that may be presently outside the client’s conscious awareness.

I have read countless books, and completed dozens and dozens of trainings on the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. My style and approach to therapy has been most influenced by Colin Ross, MD; Sandra Paulsen, PhD; and Francine Shapiro, PhD. I borrow from other approaches including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment Focused EMDR by Dr. Laurel Parnell, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Ego State Therapy, and the Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy by Shirley Jean Schmitt, LPC.

Specialty Areas

Complex Trauma
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)
EST (Watkins)

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

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I take a holistic and integrative approach to helping client heal through the counseling relationship, working with the mind, body, thoughts and emotions.

I believe what the research says about the therapeutic relationship being the true healing vehicle in counseling. Models, approaches, and interventions are far more powerful with the safety and comfort of a safe and trusting relationship. My approach is authentic, warm, accepting, and validating.

I often think of my role in counseling as the pilot of a helicopter above a forest on an intercom with the a client who is stuck in the trees, navigating them through to a clearing so I can land and invite them into the helicopter and we can fly together. Sometimes I am flying, sometimes I’m teaching them to fly; ultimately they drop me off and pilot solo. My approach to clinical supervision is much the same.

Graduate programs give you the foundation of knowledge about counseling. Supervised clinical practice gives you the time and space to apply that knowledge, wrestle with it, and ultimately develop a better understanding of who you are a therapist.

My role as a supervisor is to help you with the mechanics and art of counseling, navigate murky ethical waters, and gain confidence in your skills. I find that clinical supervision is much like counseling in that my first task is to build rapport with you, followed by doses of gently challenging you, validating your efforts, helping you process overwhelm, and develop skills and techniques to better help your clients.

My role as a clinical supervisor is not to critique you and point out flaws or mold you into who I think you should be but rather my role is to notice what your passion is and blow on that flame until it’s a roaring fire. You might consider me part sojourner, part guide, and always present.

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If you’re looking for a Christian clinical supervisor in Tucson and you’re drawn to my style and specialty areas, let’s have a conversation about whether we might be a good fit for each other as supervisor and supervisee.

Currently, I am only able to provide supervision to licensees who are part of Joshua Tree Counseling. If you are interested in providing therapy at Joshua Tree as an associate licensed therapist, I encourage you to read more about it here and submit the interest form below if you are interested. Please note that if you are not yet licensed, I will look on the Board’s site for confirmation that our application is in process. I am unable to accept interns at this time.

Whether you only have a few hours left to complete or you are just starting out, let’s see if we would be a good fit for each other. Come have coffee with me at the office and let’s chat. Then you can see in person what sets Joshua Tree Counseling apart from other centers and group practices.

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If you’re looking for a Christian clinical supervisor in Tucson and want to learn more about trauma and dissociation, get started by filling out this form:

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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.