Allison Helen Grimes

Allison Helen Grimes

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Massachusetts, New York Not Accepting Online
Updated March 2, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Chronic illness
  • Attachment issues
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Chronic pain

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

I love working with high achieving mid-career professionals who tend towards perfectionism, long to form and sustain close relationships, and struggle with health challenges. Perhaps you're dealing with a hard to diagnose chronic condition like ME (aka Chronic Fatigue) or EDS or the aftermath of having survived cancer.

Through psychoeducation about developmental trauma, the nervous system and ACEs research, we'll empower you to understand the connections between chronic stress and medical conditions. This knowledge coupled with EMDR work will allow you to let go of old false negative beliefs about what your illness says about your worthiness. In addition to the insight work, you'll learn skills to tone your nervous system making it more resilient to both medical stressors and the sometimes destabilizing impact friends or family members have on you. In addition, you'll get really good at identifying your needs and advocating for those needs in relationships with peers and medical providers.

Working together, you'll gain clarity and freedom to act in new ways. Mindfulness and attunement are integral to the process. You'll learn to see where you’re avoiding action and where you’re taking actions that are leading you down the same path of isolation and stuckness. EMDR fosters change by desensitizing your mind to disturbing stimuli and unburdening your nervous system of past ways of not being seen and heard, of feeling disconnected from your body and your emotions.


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Allison Grimes is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (45min)
  • Initial session: $280 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

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:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Licensure

Massachusetts: 10846

New York: 011001-01


Languages

English