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This profile was last updated on 1/15/10  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • LCSW
Web References
Weight Loss Program at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center - Meet the Bariatric Team
www.grmedcenter.com, 15 Jan 2010 [cached]
Chris Mata, LCSW Psychotherapist
Chris Mata, director of ...
www.seguingazette.com, 25 Dec 2007 [cached]
Chris Mata, director of outpatient behavioral health services at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, said each year her clinic sees as much as a 40 percent increase in patients between Thanksgiving and January.
"A lot of what we see is an increase in stress over finances and people also want to get everything done and there's just not enough time," she said.
She said the common dream of a "perfect Christmas" is actually harmful, as people pack their already crowded schedules full of events and spend money that isn't there in order to find the ideal gift.
"Nowadays teenagers will come to you wanting a Wii, an iPod, a new cell phone and when you look at the whole Christmas list it's $5,000 or $6,000.That's not realistic for anyone I know," Mata said.
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"Sometimes people who experience losses during the year feel like giving up on the holiday," Mata said.
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Mata said feelings of suicide and clinical depression can occur year round, but some people feel down only during the winter months.
This kind of depression is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, marked by wintertime feelings of hopelessness or depression.
Unlike clinical depression, SAD is more common in northern climates and seems to be caused by a decrease in light and an increase in dreary weather.
"SAD comes in the winter months when the weather is not as bright, people aren't outside as much and the sun goes down earlier," Mata said.
Whatever the reason for holiday blues, she said it is important for people to control their thinking by focusing on positive thoughts and take time to relax with some favorite activities.She said it's helpful to do what you would to cheer yourself up during the rest of the year, like listening to favorite music.
Though it may be difficult, Mata said it is important for people to stay active, celebrate with family and seek counseling if needed.
"When people are depressed, a lot of times their motivation is low and that makes it difficult for them to participate in holiday activities," she said.
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: Mental Health
www.grmedcenter.com, 15 Nov 2006 [cached]
Chris Mata, LCSW, Program Director/Counselor
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Chris Mata, LCSW, Program Director/Licensed Clinical Social Worker
"Some of the emotions that people ...
www.seguingazette.com, 27 Dec 2008 [cached]
"Some of the emotions that people can experience during the holidays can be anything from sadness, feeling very lonely, nervousness, becoming highly anxious at times and feeling overwhelmed with all of the demands that are placed on people during the holidays," said Chris Mata, Director of Guadalupe Regional Medical Center's Teddy Buerger Center.
"It can be due to more gatherings, more family commitments, finances โ€” which can be a big one โ€” and can lead all the way up to people having some significant depression during the holidays."
The Buerger Center deals with such problems as stress, anxiety and depression โ€” all things which have become associated with the negative side of the holiday season. These emotions are triggered in many ways, and also in many different settings.
"It can be the family gatherings or even through more stress at work," Mata said.
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"Not every family is the Cleaver family," Mata said.
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"When we become overextended, overwhelmed and totally stressed out, our immune system tends to become compromised," Mata said. "And so we may be physically more susceptible to colds, viral illness, flus, those types of things."
Mata said that there are a number of ways to handle the many happenings that occur this time of year without succumbing to stress. In short, you shouldn't let the holidays change some of your normal routines.
"First and foremost, if you have healthy habits to begin with, don't let them go by the wayside during the holidays," Mata said.
A few more tips include getting as much rest as possible and eating healthy, which can be especially tough given the nature of most party fare. That's why Mata recommends eating a healthy snack in order to stave off feelings of hunger while staring at cookies and other pastries.
Planning ahead is a key part of not getting caught up in feelings of helplessness and despair, which can eventually lead to sickness.
"Making sure that we take some time out for ourselves, in whatever way that is, can help us to keep our immune system as healthy as we want it to be," Mata said.
Chris Mata
www.grmedcenter.com, 15 Nov 2006 [cached]
Chris Mata
Chris Mata, LCSW, staff psychotherapist, spends her time providing individual pschyotherapy services for adults who are pursuing bariatric surgery. The purpose of her sessions is to explore thought processes and coping skills to determine alternative ways of thinking that will assist clients in coping with lifestyle changes after the procedure.
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