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