• Dr. Dedra Tentis, PhD – Trauma, Grief, Sexual Abuse, Relationships

    Dr. Dedra Tentis, PhD – Trauma, Grief, Sexual Abuse, Relationships

    I Help Adults Navigate Stress and Trauma

    Dr. Dedra Tentis at Tampa Therapy Group Trauma Grief

    Dr. Dedra Tentis at Tampa Therapy Group -Trauma | Grief | Sex Abuse – FL Clinical SW Provisional Licensee

    Dr. Dedra Tentis, PhD

    Most people will experience severe stress or trauma during their lifetime. It may come from any type of negative experience.

    When we experience severe stress or trauma, it is not uncommon for our lives to quickly unravel. These experiences could be:

    • Abuse and/or neglect
    • Sexual harassment or assault
    • Bullying or harmful school experience
    • Struggles with sexual orientation or identity
    • Sudden injury or medical diagnosis
    • Injury or death of a loved one
    • War or military experience
    • Divorce or breakup
    • Car accident
    • Violent crime
    • Natural disaster
    • Or any other negative experience

    How I Work With You

    My greatest passion is to bring healing to people who have been through stressful or traumatic life experiences. I help my adult clients unpack and process their experiences, so they can form healthier impressions of themselves, develop purpose from their experiences while strengthening their relationships.

    My Training

    No single approach is the right one for every individual navigating stress or trauma, so I have completed training in several modalities including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (for PTSD), Cognitive Processing Therapy, and I will be certified soon in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

    My Experiences

    I had a dual career as a professor in higher education and the military, and I have considerable experience in those roles working with college students and military members navigating stuck points. I have also worked directly with combat veterans and people from other walks of life. I have often found stress and trauma to be the root cause of their anxiety, depression, relationship issues, as well as their unhealthy habits and addictions.

    My Academics

    My educational background includes my PhD in Sociology from South Dakota State University. I have my MSW from Louisiana State University, and I have BA and MS degrees in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

    Military Experiences

    I served over 25 years in the United States Air Force in multiple roles (active-duty, national guard, enlisted, and officer). Having deployed 4 times, my family and I have navigated stress and trauma on multiple levels. I also have completed military education at Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and Squadron Officer School.

    Personal Notes

    I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 25 years. We have 2 adult children and 2 dogs (boxer and golden doodle). As a couple and family, we have experienced multiple stressors and traumas throughout our lifetime.

    With the help of our family, extended families, and therapy, we have come out on the other side of these experiences. My training and life experience is the ideal combination to help someone suffering from trauma.

    Now that you are interested in therapy to help with your issues, just reach out to me. I’d love to work with you! Call us today.