Dr. Dedra Tentis, PhD – Trauma, Grief, Sexual Abuse, Relationships
I Help Adults Navigate Stress and Trauma
Dr. Dedra Tentis, PhD
Dr. Dedra Tentis is a trauma therapist. She completed training in several modalities including Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which is her primary specialty. Having deployed 4 times, Dedra and her family have navigated stress, trauma, and growth on multiple levels. Following a traumatic spinal cord injury in Afghanistan, Dedra found life-changing benefits as a client of ART. This led her back to the classroom to become a trained ART therapist. Her passion is helping people unpack and process stressful experiences, as well as prepare for upcoming stressors, so they can live a more balanced and purposeful life.
Dedra uses ART for the following:
- Sexual abuse/assault
- Social anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Bad habits
- Anger management
- Sleep problems
- Dreams and nightmares
- Marital problems/infidelity
- Goal setting
- Pain management
- and other issues
Client comments after ART with Dedra
Father of a young client with extreme insect phobia that lasted 8 years: “My son is no longer scared of any bugs. It is a miracle for me and thank you so much. I spoke to a number of therapists, and I was not confident. I was so confident the moment I spoke to you. Thank you so much.”
Client with anxiety and panic: “Dr. Tentis gave me the tools I needed to process difficult things from my past while helping me worry less about the future. This is my go-to therapy for managing my stress.”
Client with multiple traumas including father’s suicide: “ART helped me process multiple things. The biggest thing it did for me is fade and replace the bad memories surrounding my dad’s suicide. It also made me realize I want a stronger relationship with his parents – my grandparents.”
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.
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, and develop purpose from their experiences while strengthening their relationships.
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).
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 educational background includes my Ph.D. 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.
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.
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.