Get To Know Us

Groups Facilitated:

  1. Trauma Information Group

  2. Posttraumatic Growth Group Retreat

  3. Trauma Boot Camp: Supporting a Loved One In Trauma Recovery


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Trauma Treatment Specialist
Assistant Professor of Psychology, CSUMB

Hello! I'm a clinician and researcher with expertise in working with survivors of interpersonal violence. I'm also an Assistant Professor at CSU Monterey Bay where I teach Psychopathology and Service Learning: Psychology in the Community, which are focused on learning about psychological distress and using a social justice approach to serve historically oppressed communities. As a researcher, I examine cognitive and emotional processes that contribute to traumatic stress and recovery. ​I'm passionate about helping my clients heal from, and resolve, their pain, and therefore, I'm fully immersed in the art and science of what works. I've published a number of scientific research articles on trauma, traumatic stress, and recovery, and use evidence-based methods to help my clients feel better. ​I rely heavily on collaborating in treatment with clients so that they regain clarity and reclaim their lives. As such, I take an active and compassionate approach with clients in testing existing realities and developing healthier ways of relating to the world.  I strive to create a therapeutic environment where clients feel respected and understood, and thus ready and open for change. Call me for a free 15-minute consultation to discuss how we can join in therapy and work toward peace and resolve. 


  • 2016, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-San Francisco, Trauma Recovery Center

  • 2015, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University

  • 2015, APA-Accreditted Predoctoral Internship, University of California-San Francisco, Trauma Recovery Center

  • 2013, Predoctoral Externship, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Trauma Services Program

Groups Facilitated:

  1. Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

  2. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

  3. Lessons 'n' Love Workshop


Reiki Master Teacher
Registered Yoga Teacher, 200-Level

Meditation Teacher
Assistant Professor of Psychology, CSUMB

I am a psychology professor, yoga and mediation instructor, and a reiki master teacher. I use these mediums to heal, teach, and awaken others. Since 2007, I have taught mindfulness to youth and adults across the U.S. and in Asia. My mindfulness practice led me to yoga, and in the summer of 2016, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification in Hatha Yoga at the Ayur-Yoga Eco Ashram in Karnataka, India. I have taught yoga and meditation to diverse communities of all ages, many of whom had complex trauma. I am also a reiki master teacher and practitioner. I have offered reiki to clients in private sessions, healing circles, yoga classes, and retreats, and I teach reiki level 1 and 2. I offer discounted reiki sessions at Circle Community Acupuncture in San Francisco and in private sessions by appointment. These healing modalities are enriched by my academic work as a Developmental Psychologist. As an Assistant Professor I teach Social Psychology & Social Justice and "How to Love" on the art and science of love and intimacy. In my research, I explore sociocultural supports for underrepresented youth, including LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and youth with intersecting identities and experiences. I live in San Francisco and work in the various Bays. 


  • 2017, Reiki Master Teacher Training with Desert Reiki Connection & Marsha Drozdoff, Arizona

  • 2016, Hatha Yoga 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Ayur-Yoga Eco Ashram, India

  • 2016, Personal Reiki Master Training with Desert Reiki Connection & Martha Drozdoff, Arizona

  • 2014, Mindfulness at Work with Sharon Salzberg & Janice Marturano, Garrison Institute, NY

  • 2014, Reiki Level 2 with Ellen Ross Jue, Arizona

  • 2013, Reiki Level 1 with Ellen Ross Jue, Arizona

  • 2010, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Boston College

  • 2009, Five Mindfulness Trainings at Plun Village with Thich Nhat Hanh, France

Meet The Team

Christine Valdez, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Trauma Treatment Specialist

Shannon Snapp, Ph.D.

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Reiki Master Teacher

Melissa London, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Substance Use Treatment Specialist


Groups Facilitated:

  1. Trauma Information Group

  2. Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention


Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Trauma-Focused Substance Use Specialist

Staff Psychologist for a Bay Area Addiction Recovery Treatment Clinic

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I work with clients in private practice and at a community-based outpatient clinic, provide consultation, and engage in research. My approach to therapy focuses on creating an environment in which a client’s autonomy is valued and they feel both respected and understood. I have expertise working with clients with a history of trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, and identity-based stress. As a clinician-researcher, I prefer evidence-based practice and empirically supported treatments. My clinical work primarily draws on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, values-based, and mindfulness-based approaches. My research has examined the implementation of evidence-based practices as well as the association between specific risk factors, such as emotion regulation difficulties, and outcomes following trauma and exposure to violence. My style is collaborative, compassionate, flexible, and supported by research. Call me for a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your interests in therapy. 


  • 2018, Postdoctoral Fellow, Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders Emphasis, San Francisco VA Medical Center

  • 2017, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University

  • 2017, APA-Accreditted Predoctoral Internship, Palo Alto VA Healthcare System 

  • 2016, Predoctoral Externship, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma

  • 2015, Predoctoral Externship, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Trauma Services Program



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