Welcome Christine Valdez, PhD, PTSD/Trauma Treatment Expert

Welcome Christine Valdez, PhD, PTSD/Trauma Treatment Expert

Mind Therapy Clinic welcomes Christine Valdez, Clinical Psychologist and PTSD expert to the team. Dr. Valdez is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in empirically supported treatments for trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. She specializes in individual and group therapy for adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma.

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How do people with PTSD come back to normal? - Trauma Series by David Campell, MD

How do people with PTSD come back to normal? - Trauma Series by David Campell, MD

So, how do you know you if you have it? What are the signs?

Symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but less often they may first appear months or years later – often triggered by another traumatic episode. Symptoms may come and go over time; however, if the symptoms last longer than four weeks, and interfere with your work or home life, you might be experiencing PTSD.

While it has become apparent that supportive talk therapy by itself is not very helpful for PTSD, specific trauma-focused therapies that address the way trauma is stored in the mind/body are effective.  There are treatment methods that research has shown to be effective for treating trauma: 

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy 
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy 
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
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Who gets PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and why? - Trauma Series by David Campell, MD

Who gets PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and why?  - Trauma Series by David Campell, MD

Since announcing Trauma Services as a specialty at Mind Therapy Clinic, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about therapy as it relates to trauma. Most commonly people want to know what is PTSD, and who gets it and why?

With so many traumatic experiences in today’s news – from police shootings, racial tensions, war, car crashes, crosswalk and bicycle accidents, physical and sexual assaults, gun violence, natural disasters, racial and economic fallouts, etc. - it makes sense that there is a heightened awareness and interest in the need to fully understand the impact of these events and treatments for those who are affected.  Media often presents PTSD with a military focus, but recent research has revealed that civilian PTSD is 13 times more common. In fact, an estimated one out of every nine women develops PTSD (more than twice as likely as men).*  So, what is considered PTSD and who should receive treatment? 

Let’s start with how does someone become traumatized?

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