Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX

Episode 10 (Season 3) (BONUS EPISODE) Trauma: What it is and how to help?

Monday, May 8, 2023

About the Episode:
We wanted to air this bonus episode focusing on trauma in light of the recent tragedies and parents discussing these with their children. Dr. Cristina Savadjian describes what trauma is and how it can present in both children and adults. She addresses parents that have a child going through trauma. Specifically, she talks about shootings at schools, as this was recorded on the heels of the Nashville Covenant School shooting. Validation through understanding can be helpful for the child processing emotions. She shares how adults need to take care of themselves and the importance of seeing where unhealthy coping mechanisms might creep in. She brings in lots of experience and expertise as a trained counselor to discuss all aspects of trauma.

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About Our Guest:
Dr. Sevadjian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Baptist University, and her doctorate from the APA-accredited school psychology program through Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Sevadjian completed her APA-accredited clinical internship through The Texas Child Study Center, a collaboration of the University of Texas at Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. She then completed her postdoctoral residency in school neuropsychological assessment with Dr. Susan Hill and furthered her therapy intervention experience at Sparrow House Counseling. She is a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor supervisor, and a licensed specialist in school psychology.

Professionally, Dr. Sevadjian has worked in the field of psychology for over fifteen years and has had a variety of experiences serving individuals in the following settings: home-based treatment with the juvenile probation department, Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, local children’s hospitals, public school districts, and private practice. This variety of work and training experiences has enriched the knowledge of and types of treatment that Dr. Sevadjian provides to children, adolescents, and families. Her areas of interest include working with children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions, disruptive behaviors, anxiety, depression, ADHD, accidental trauma, grief, and adjustment to difficult life situations. Her work with adults includes parenting, anxiety, and mood disorders. Further, she has completed advanced training seminars through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia. Additionally, Dr. Sevadjian provides assessment services for learning disability identification, attention issues, and school neuropsychological evaluations. She also enjoys speaking in the community on an array of topics related to children, adolescents, and parenting.

Personally, Dr. Sevadjian loves to spend time with her family, friends, and especially her husband, Greg, and her children Mia, Margot, and William. She also enjoys yoga, tennis, running, playing with her German Shepherd (Fritz), and being outside in the sun!

About Our Host:
A graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mark Davis came to PCPC as our Youth Pastor in 2003 and became our Senior Pastor in 2009. He and his bride, Kristina, met at a Young Life Camp in 1988 and have five amazing kids, Kara (and husband, Drew), Madalyn (and husband, Jack), Cayden, Esther Kate, & Samuel.


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