Dr. Valdez’s Life and Career Experience
Diana Valdez was raised in a military family and lived in 13 different homes in the US as well as overseas. She joined the military herself right out of high school and spent 11 years in the Army as a military photojournalist. She achieved the Army’s highest honor for the field, Paul D. Savanuck Journalist of the Year, in 1981. She left the active military in 1986 and joined the Air Force reserve.
BA from UTA; the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dr. Valdez then became full time student at UTA and a part time editorial assistant at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Juggling both opportunities she graduated in 1989 with her BA in psychology and went on to work full time in various departments at the Star-Telegram. In 1996 she achieved the Salesperson of the Year (the highest honor for advertising sales).
Masters from Texas Women’s University
In 1996, Dr. Valdez started her master’s in counseling at Texas Women’s University while continuing her full time work at the Star. She began working with stress and anxiety issues by holding stress reduction classes for employees at the Star-Telegram. She also wrote a number of articles related to psychology and human behavior which were published in the newspaper. She graduated in 2002 and applied for a doctorate degree in counseling at UNT.
PhD from University of North Texas
After being accepted for the doctorate program in 2003, Dr. Valdez said goodbye to the newspaper business and began her doctorate in counseling at the University of North Texas. She was the assistant director of the biofeedback lab for 3 years. Her dissertation involved using biofeedback therapy to help reduce stress levels of professional working mothers. Dr. Valdez graduated with her PhD in 2006.
Private Practice; University Professor
Dr. Valdez opened her clinical practice in 2006 in the Fort Worth medical district. She balanced the private practice with full time teaching for 8 years, first at UNT’s Dallas Campus and then at Tarleton State University. Although she loved teaching counseling courses to graduate students, she returned to full time practice in 2014.
Counseling, Biofeedback & Clinical Hypnosis
Counseling is a relationship designed to help you be good at being yourself.
Biofeedback therapy can improve many distressing symptoms like anxiety, headaches, hypertension and more.