Nancy J. Lin, Ph.D

*Nancy J. Lin, Ph.D.*

Dr. Lin is a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of “Go to Sleep San Diego”, a private practice in San Diego, CA, providing therapy for people suffering from insomnia, trauma, depression and related problems. Nancy is also currently at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation on a Department of Defense-funded grant investigating the effectiveness of office- versus home-based therapy to Veterans with PTSD. Additionally, she teaches at San Diego State University’s Counseling and Educational Psychology Department’s Community-based Block (CBB) Masters Program focusing on trauma and cultural diversity. Also Nancy is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). She specializes in “CPT”, which stands for Cognitive Processing Therapy. Just as the name suggests, this type of therapy challenges people to better process the way they think. The idea is that by understanding how we make assumptions about ourselves, others or the world around us, we can positively influence the way we feel about situations that currently make us uncomfortable. This particular treatment involves 12 sessions of highly-structured therapy sessions whose goal is to teach you how to be your own therapist by thinking like one. Between sessions, expect to spend at least 30 minutes each day practicing skills that are taught in therapy. Also she focuses on “PE”, which stands for Prolonged Exposure. This therapy is based on research that suggests that PTSD may be caused by the way some people cope with a traumatic experience by avoiding the memory. When a trauma happens to a person, the person learns a new muscle memory about how to survive. For some people, if the muscle memory is to automatically avoid anything related to or resembling the trauma, the cost of survival is high: they may stop going out, trusting people, find that their world has shrunk greatly. PE reverses this muscle memory by helping people to face the trauma memory and gradually go back into the world to confront the activities, people and places that they’ve been avoiding. The therapy involves 2 parts: talking through the trauma with the therapist and listening to recordings of therapy sessions to get used to the story (imaginal exposure), and doing things in real life that they have been avoiding, such as socializing or being in a crowded place (in vivo exposure). Depending on the severity of PTSD symptoms experienced, treatment can involve as few as 5 or as many as 15 or more sessions of 90-minutes each. Plan to spend 3-4 hours daily on practicing exposures and listening to session recordings.