Rachel Torry LMSW


Rachel Torry is a therapist at A Better Today Recovery who has been working in the fields of mental health and addiction for about five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012, followed by a master’s in Social Work in 2015, both from Arizona State University. Rachel’s approach to addiction includes a variety of theories but focuses on using Psychodynamic, Attachment, and Family of Origin.

Rachel has her Associate Master of Social Work Licensure (LMSW) and is seeking her Independent Master of Social Work Licensure (LCSW). She has studied a plethora of modalities, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Rachel is trained in suicidal and para-suicidal behaviors and interventions such as ASIST. She plans to eventually become certified in EMDR as well.

Rachel utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach with patients and feels passionate about the obstacles her patients are often forced to overcome. Rachel has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as gender-specific programs, as well as with high-risk and homeless populations.

Previously, she has worked for Arizona Autism and the Not My Kid program; interned nonprofits, National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and Chicanos Por La Causa, helping homeless individuals with addiction; and worked at Center for the Hope, of Community Bridges.

She currently teaches at Arizona State University in the MSW program in addition to her clinical work at A Better Today. In her free time, Rachel practices aerial silks and performs with a local dance company. She was exposed to outreach work from a young age, her mother working with the homeless when she was growing up. After experiencing a close loved one suffer through addiction, she feels a natural pull towards this work and deep compassion for her patients.

“Every patient is important. Every person here who walks through the door, whether they’re ready or not, they’re all important. Even if people have to come back, they’re still important. One of the most special things is getting to see somebody realize that they still matter.”

Rachel Torry

Rachel’s Substance Abuse Video Resources

Rachel’s Message of Hope to Loved Ones & Those Still in Active Addiction

At A Better Today Recovery Services, all of our therapists care about the patients they come into contact with through our substance abuse rehabilitation treatment facility.

Rachel Torry enjoys watching her patients grow as people and the life-changing effect of treatment for all her patients.

She wants everyone to know that, for now, all you can do is the best you can at the moment, nothing more.

She sees herself as a gardener, planting good seeds and helping and nourishing them to grow. Rachel likes to inspire those who feel uninspired in their life.

How Does Trauma Affect Substance Abuse Addictions

Rachel Torry explains how trauma and substance abuse often go hand in hand. Abusing substances can be a way of coping or self-medicating after experiencing physical, emotional or psychological trauma that has occurred in childhood or adult years.

In other cases, those who are inactive addiction can often be put in situations that can be traumatic, thus leading to more substance abuse.

Regardless of what came first, ABTRS provides trauma approach treatment to help people develop healthy coping mechanisms. ABTRS wants you to know that we are here to help you no matter where your journey has taken you.

What is PTSD and How Does it Relate to Substance Abuse?

Those who have experienced trauma may have developed some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. PTSD can cause intense emotional distress, leading a person to seeking out ways to cope with this level of emotions.

They may turn to abusing substances, such as drugs or alcohol, in order to cope with the anxiety and other symptoms they are experiencing from their PTSD.

It is through abusing those mind-altering substances to cope with the PTSD that their substance abuse can become an addiction.

ABT utilizes treatment therapies designed to help people work through challenges associated with their PTSD.

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