Dr. Billie J. Sahley

  • Executive Director of the Pain & Stress Center

Billie J. Sahley, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Pain & Stress Center in San Antonio. She is a Board Certified Medical Psychotherapist & Psychodiagnostician, Behavior Therapist, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, and an Orthomolecular Therapist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. She is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Sahley is a graduate of the University of Texas, Clayton University School of Behavioral Medicine, and U.C.L.A. School of Integral Medicine. She is a member of the Huxley Foundation/Academy of Orthomolecular Medicine, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, North American Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Association, and American Counseling Association. In addition, she holds memberships in the Sports Medicine Foundation, American Association of Hypnotherapists, and American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Dr. Sahley wrote: The Anxiety Epidemic; GABA, The Anxiety Amino Acid; Post Trauma and Chronic Emotional Fatigue; Malic Acid and Magnesium For Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndrome; The Melatonin Report; Is Ritalin Necessary? The Ritalin Report; Stop A.D.D. Naturally; Theanine, The Relaxation Amino Acid. She coauthored Heal with Amino Acids and Nutrients; Break Your Prescribed Addiction; Control Alcoholism with Amino Acids and Nutrients; and Green Tea Healing Miracle.

In addition, Dr. Sahley holds three U.S. patents for: SAF, Calms Kids (SAF For Kids), and Anxiety Control 24. Dr. Sahley devotes the majority of her time to research, writing, and development of natural products to address brain deficiencies.

Current Practice and Research

For the last 6 months, I have focused on research, trauma, and the brain. Trauma depletes the brain of cell nutrients and prescription drugs do not put back in the brain the nutrients that belong there. The key to is to restore the brain chemistry such as magnesium that is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Magnesium is one of the first minerals depleted when a person is involved in trauma.

Stress and anxiety drain the body of magnesium. Patients placed on a magnesium protocol reported maximum in physical and mental well-being. The specific magnesium that corrects the level is magnesium chloride, the same magnesium that is in your cells.

Neurotransmitters are the next keys for those who have had a traumatic experience. Neurotransmitters are depleted in a traumatic situation and must be restored for proper brain function. The amygdala in the limbic system does not function very well if it does not have neurotransmitters, the chemical language of the brain. Post trauma is an overload of sensory information to the limbic system in the brain, especially the amygdala. If your heart beats fast or skips beats, you need magnesium, possibly an injection of magnesium.

My goal is to explain how a traumatic experience leaves inducible memories in the brain to which a person continually returns. The memories, nightmares, fears, and flashbacks all remain the hallmark symptoms of emotional trauma. Individuals who have experienced emotional trauma go to great lengths to avoid place, people, or any activity that reminds them of the traumatic event.

In summary: You must plan an entire program to assist those with P.T.S.D. rehabilitate. P.T.S.D. responds to amino acid therapy because amino acids belong in the brain. Relaxation and hypnosis assist the patient and gives them a long-term therapy to use. I have seen many patients that are not back from the Middle East. The V.A. program consisted of only prescription drugs, and usually multiple drugs at that; they did not improve. In our program they began to show a marked improvement. I plan to continue this program to assist these vets heals. Our major focus is working with post trauma patients of all ages, children to seniors.

Billie J. Sahley
Pain & Stress Center
5282 Medical Drive Suite 160
San Antonio, TX 78229



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Dr. Billie J. Sahley
San Antonio, TX

Profession: Behavior Therapy; Brain Chemistry; Hypnosis

Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
Fellow, National Center for Crisis Management