Nicole Medina-Salvatore, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Trauma, Stress, Resilience (TSR) Program Director

Nicole Medina-Salvatore, PsyD  is the Program Director for the Trauma and Resilience Program (TSR) at UCEBT. She specializes in trauma, attachment issues, neurodiverse individuals, and family therapy for clients ages 0 to 99.  As a proud second-generation Filipina, much of her research and passion concentrates on Asian-American psychology, as well as understanding and advocating for more anti-racist psychological practices. Further, she is a member of the LGBTQ+ Affirming Psychotherapist Guild of Utah and strives to provide radical acceptance to everyone and anyone she meets. 

Dr. Medina-Salvatore is a Certified Trauma Therapy Specialist. She believes in working collaboratively with her clients, attending to their individual needs, goals, desires, and unique cultural background. For individual therapy with adults and adolescents, she utilizes Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Relational-Cultural Therapy. When working with children, Dr. Medina-Salvatore is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Sand Play Therapy. With very young children (ages 0-5), she also uses Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Dr. Gary Landreth’s Child Centered Play Therapy. 

Whenever she works with children and teens, Dr. Medina-Salvatore engages families in bi-weekly family therapy sessions. These sessions are not parent-child meetings, but rather utilize Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an Evidence-Based form of family therapy that improves familial relationships and functioning. She is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), which means that she is an approved therapist for divorced or separated individuals looking for a court-approved therapist. 

In addition to specializing in trauma, Dr. Medina-Salvatore also specializes in parenting issues and working with children and teens on the Autism Spectrum. She worked as an in-home behavior therapist for three years prior to graduate school and has extensive experience in teaching parenting classes, social skills groups, and in supporting families in navigating the multiple systems, such as schools, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and others that come with having or being a neurodiverse individual. She is trained in the Incredible Years and Parenting with Love and Logic and has created three parenting courses that integrate the work of Dr. Daniel Siegel, mindfulness practices, and somatic work.

In her free time, Dr. Medina-Salvatore enjoys playing with her children, creating art instillations, hiking, trying new recipes, and working with her Psychiatric Service dog in training, Zia. She is also the proud cat-mom to multiple cats and dog mom to her husband’s fully trained (and HUGE!) psychiatric service dog, Waffles.

Nicole's Recommended Resources

YouTube Videos

How Trauma is Stored in the Body

How Trauma Affects the Body Throughout the Lifetime

2 Minute Neuroscience on PTSD

Examples of Gaslighting

What is Trauma Bonding

Comparison of PTSD brains in soldiers and children

Complex Trauma and its Effects on Child Development

Trauma Books

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog by Bruce Perry

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine

It Didn't Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn

Transforming the Legacy of Trauma by Janina Fisher

How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self by Nicole LaPera

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind - and Keep - Love by Amir Levine

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered by Bruce Perry

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel (about parenting your children well when you are a trauma survivor)

The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole by Arielle Schwartz PhD

No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard Schwartz

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem 

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body by David Emerson and Elizabeth Hopper

101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward by Linda Curran 

Attachment Theory: A Guide to Strengthening the Relationships in Your Life by Thais Gibson

Parenting Books

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham 

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham 

The Incredible Years: Trouble Shooting Guide for Parents of Children Aged 3-8 Years by Carolyn Webster-Stratton 

Combative to Collaborative: The Co-parenting Code by Teresa Harlow