ALLISON N. GILSON, PHD, LP
My style of therapy has been described by others as calming, educational, and direct.
I have experience working with rural, military, law enforcement, indigenous, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced traumatic life events, particularly those who have experienced multiple traumas over their lifetime. This may mean helping someone with depression, PTSD, insomnia, substance use, or dissociation.
I think it is important to learn about why and how your symptoms come to be, as it can give a valuable sense of understanding and control. People often worry that they are “crazy,” but with additional knowledge, they can understand that our symptoms are a result of how our biology works.
Our brain and body react instinctively to keep us alive in a crisis. However, sometimes this alert for danger can malfunction, leaving us stuck in the fight or flight system. Good in a crisis, not great in regular life. You may be jumpy, irritable, overwhelmed, have panic attacks, or find yourself avoiding reminders of your experience. Often people feel terribly alone.
But the good news is that with the help of a therapist, your mind can realize that you are no longer in danger and that your body can calm down and leave survival mode.
My priority is creating a collaborative, safe, and trusting relationship so you can let yourself discuss challenging experiences and feelings.
Treatment often starts with a thorough assessment to get an accurate picture of what is going on, and then identification of goals that matter to you.
Most people benefit from developing coping tools to help them manage their symptoms and day-to-day life before addressing their trauma directly. When you feel ready, we will use evidence-based treatments to address your trauma in a way that feels challenging but manageable. I will be there to help you feel in control and stay on the right track.
When you are ready, we’ll likely turn our attention to the traumatic experiences that brought you to therapy. I’m trained in a number of evidence-based treatments, including EMDR and Written Exposure Therapy, to help you work through your trauma response.
Trauma is hard.
Nobody is excited to talk about it, think about it, to go back to those memories.
But what we know about the human survival response tells us that the more we push these experiences away, the more they stick around and affect us. By approaching our trauma memory in a way that is safe and supported you will be able to let go of the emotion and stress stored with that memory and move forward to the life you deserve.
The time to start is now!
Michigan Licensed Psychologist, 2020
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2012
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University, 2010
Bachelor's of Science, Psychology, Michigan State University, 2006
14 years of clinical experience
EMDR Trained, EMDRIA certification (in process)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), certified by state of Missouri 2011-2012
Behavioral Activation (BA)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Prolonged Exposure (PE)
Written Exposure Therapy (WET)
Adaptive Disclosure Narrative
Exposure Therapy Cognitive
Processing Therapy (CPT)
Seeking Safety Hypnosis protocol for treatment of irritable bowel disease (IBD)
Ego State Therapy
Structural Model of Dissociation
Military Sexual Trauma
Women Veterans' Mental Health