Allison Grimes is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician based in Cambridge, MA and licensed in both MA and NY. Allison is passionate about working with young to midlife adults who feel motivated in their lives but held back by Medical Trauma or health challenges.
Here are some signs you might have Medical PTSD:
• Blaming yourself for your health challenges
• Anxiety attacks leading up to, during, or on the way home from doctors’ appointments
• Avoiding medical appointments
• Feeling a sense of dread about your future and how illness could impact it
• Replaying parts of an experience with the medical care system over and over (i.e. getting a diagnosis,
unjust treatment by providers, or medical gaslighting)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is highly effective for Medical Trauma. Allison is a certified EMDR therapist. In an EMDR session, Allison will support the client through a negative memory or experience, offering emotional support, in the hopes of allowing the brain to break free of its reactive states of panic or shutdown.
As an Attachment-based EMDR therapist she creates a safe, comfortable atmosphere by taking her clients through breathing and grounding exercises, sandtray work, or art therapy. By bringing her full presence to client relationships, she engages both client's high achieving selves and their more playful sides. She also holds space for clients to explore the more hidden parts of self that don’t get the attention they truly deserve.
Allison earned her Masters degree from Lesley University. Her inclusive nature makes sessions collaborative, exploratory, and intentionally mindful about a client’s window of tolerance. By stretching this window (or finding ways to feel more comfortable in the existing window), Allison teaches skills to find peace in everyday life.
Chronic illness - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Allison Grimes is not in-network with any insurances.
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This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 7 years
Allison Grimes Psychotherapy, Sole Proprietor, 2019 - Present
EMDRIA, EMDR Certified, 2020
International Society for The Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD), Member, 2020
New England Society for The Treatment of Trauma & Dissociation (NESTTD), Member, 2019
Lesley University, MA, 2014
New York: 011001-01