Survivor of Las Vegas shooting starts local support group - KUSI News - San Diego, CA

Survivor of Las Vegas shooting starts local support group

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — She survived the Las Vegas shooting and she's a clinical psychologist. Now Dr. Shiva Ghaed is offering her experience to help others. 

Ghaed is starting a community support group, with the first meeting happening Monday at 6:30 p.m. at In Cahoots Dance Hall and Saloon in Mission Valley. Ghaed specializes in anxiety disorders and trauma, trained within the local veterans healthcare system, and is currently working with active duty military. She intends for the group to meet on a weekly basis. Ghaed says if people don't process what happened, it's going to haunt them forever. 

As of now, it's unclear how many concert-goers were from San Diego, but attendees estimate it was more than 100. Ghaed was there and knows exactly what the survivors are going through. Although she remains physically uninjured from the mass shooting, there are mental wounds. She and other people who experienced the shooting are dealing symptoms such as panic attacks, sadness and post-traumatic stress syndrome. 

Her intentions for this group are to provide a safe place for our fellow community members, to start talking about and processing what happened in a healthy way, using evidence-based treatment approaches, with the ultimate hope of reducing the likelihood that this group of people will become patients with depression, anxiety, or PTSD

The group therapy sessions are completely free. 

For more information, call Dr. Ghaed at (619) 852-1766, or email at shivaghaed@gmail.com.

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